Category Archives for Noise Control Case Study

Objectionable Basketball Noise From a Neighbour

basketball noise

I have recently received a call from a client complaining about noise from a neighbour’s backyard basketball court. He was looking for advice how to reduce the noise. Interestingly, the client’s noise problem is not unusual, as illustrated by this CTV news article.

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Living With Mechanical Noise In A Condo

Mechanical noise and noise complaints

Mechanical noise is frequently a problem for condo owners and source of noise complaints. Recently I have received several requests from clients living in hi-rise condominium buildings complaining about “hum” or “vibration” mechanical noise in their apartments.  The clients contacted me, after first dealing with the building management. They asked me to do a noise test.  The management told them that the noise is not audible to them, or that the noise is “normal”. The clients ask me what level of mechanical noise is “normal”.

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How to soundproof your house

soundproof a house

If you are building a new house or are doing a major renovation, this article is for you. With attention to details and with little additional cost, you can soundproof your house and build it to be quiet and pleasant. I will outline the main points to making your new house quiet and enjoyable.

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Intractable Mechanical Noise in a Condo

A client, a condominium board, asked me to assess an intractable mechanical noise level in a condominium apartment that is located below a roof-mounted chiller.

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Noise Investigation of Whistling Plumbing Pipes

Noise investigation from plumbing pipes

Recently a client called me to investigate noise in his commercial unit located next to a dentist’s office.  I have had a similar case previously, but this one was different. The noise sounded like an organ pipe whistle.

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Neighborhood Noise From a Roller Coaster

noise nuisance from roller coaster

I am interested in all aspects of acoustics, including neighborhood noise. Occasionally, when I find something very interesting and well presented, I share it in my blog.

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Improving Room Acoustics

Poor room acoustics

Most public spaces, and many work locations and offices have very poor acoustics. Noises in the space just reverberate and appear to be much louder than the original source of the noise.  

Here is an example recorded in a typical coffee shop with poor room acoustics:

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Can architects design a home theater?

Home theater

I am sure there are some architects that do soundproofing for home theater well. However, I was called recently to assess a botched job.

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Acoustic Comfort at Fogo Island Inn

Acoustic comfort at Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn is an unparalleled contemporary inn located on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. The inn was designed and built as a luxury hotel, with guests’ comfort being one of its primary design objectives. This article is a description of Fogo Island Inn’s acoustic comfort design features.

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Office Soundproofing – A Case of Botched Construction

Botched office soundproofing, poor office privacy

Office soundproofing scenario

I was called by a client to review a nearly completed construction project for a family counselling practice. The facilities consisted of a reception area, and three adjacent counselling rooms that required office privacy. The client's building contractor has seemingly followed appropriate office soundproofing methods in order to meet the stated objective of ensuring office privacy of conversation in the counselling rooms.

Was the office privacy objective achieved?

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