This article examines the principles associated with acoustic comfort in steel-framed buildings. We will review the basic principles of sound, including transmission, reflection, and absorption. We will then discuss means by which noise is controlled in steel-framed buildings and review case studies representing best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the importance of acoustic comfort within a steel-framed building structure.
  • Explain the basic principles of how sound travels through a building.
  • Examine how to isolate sound and control noise in steel-framed buildings.
  • Explore best practices for specifying building assemblies that optimize the acoustical performance of a building.
  • Analyze a case study where noise was an issue, and sound attenuation practices were particularly important.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of steel-frame construction.