The relationship between sound insulation and acoustic quality in dwellings

Jens Holger Rindel

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    During the years there have been several large field investigations in different countries with the aim to find a relationship between sound insulation between dwellings and the subjective degree of annoyance. This paper presents an overview of the results, and the difficulties in comparing the different findings are discussed. It is tried to establish dose-response relationships between airborne sound insulation or impact sound pressure level according to ISO 717 and the percentage of people being annoyed by noise from neighbours. The slopes of the dose-response curves vary from one investigation to another, however, several of the results show a slope around 4 % per dB. The results may be used to evaluate the acoustic quality level of a certain set of sound insulation requirements, or they may be used as a basis for specifying the desired acoustic quality of future buildings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Inter-noise 98, International Congress on Noise Control Engineering
    Number of pages6
    Place of PublicationAuckland
    PublisherThe New Zealand Acoustical Society
    Publication date1998
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    Event27th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering - Christchurch, New Zealand
    Duration: 16 Nov 199818 Nov 1998
    Conference number: 27


    Conference27th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering
    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand

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