Classroom Acoustics

CLASSROOM ACOUSTICS PUBLICATIONS
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Classroom Acoustics I
A resource for creating learning environments with desirable listening conditions
by Benjamin Seep, Robin Glosemeyer, Emily Hulce, Matt Linn, Pamela Aytar and Robert Coffeen

Classroom Acoustics I is designed to provide a general overview of the problems and solutions concerning classroom acoustics. Straightforward, practical explanations and examples are given in the text; the Appendix provides more quantitative definitions and basic calculations, as well as useful resources for more detailed information.

Classroom Acoustics I provides a supplemental resource for architects, educators, and school planners for use in new construction or in renovation of existing learning spaces. It is not intended to replace the services of a professional acoustical consultant but to serve as an introduction to the understanding of the elements of desirable listening conditions in classrooms and demonstrates how good acoustical design can improve the learning environment.

Originally published in August 2000; Revised May 2003, 16 pages


Classroom Acoustics II
Acoustical Barriers to Learning
by Peggy B. Nelson, Sigfrid D. Soli and Anne Seltz

Schools are places of learning where speaking and listening are the primary communication modes. Until recently neither school planners nor the general public were aware of the significant negative effect of noise and excessive reverberation on the learning process.

Classroom Acoustics II is designed to provide an overview of the need for quiet classrooms. It includes information on the problems experienced by students and teachers as a result of excessive noise and reverberation in classrooms. Special attention is focused on children: 1) learning English as a second language, 2) with ear infections, and 3) with permanent hearing loss. In addition, this booklet lists over 150 additional references on the topics covered.

Published in April 2003, 16 pages


American National Standard
ANSI S12.60-2002. Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools

This Standard provides acoustical performance criteria, design requirements, and design guidelines for new school classrooms and other learning spaces. The standard may be applied when practicable to the major renovation of existing classrooms. These criteria, requirements,and guidelines are keyed to the acoustical qualities needed to achieve a high degree of speech intelligibility in learning spaces. Design guidelines in informative annexes are intended to aid in conforming to the performance and design requirements, but do not guarantee conformance. Test procedures are provided in an annex when conformance to this standard is to be verified.

S12.60--2002 is available for free download at the ASA Standards Store or you may order a printed copy using the order form below. Price: $5/copy


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