Three Myths about Soundproofing a Room

Myths how to soundproof a room

The Internet is full of myths, rumors and legends about many subjects, including soundproofing. Allow me to present three examples of misconceptions how to soundproof a room. Soundproofing a room should not be based on Internet rumors, but on solid scientific evidence.

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Soundproofing and Fireproofing Synergy.

Fireproofing and Soundproofing Synergy

Surprisingly, there is synergy between two disparate building design disciplines, soundproofing (also called noise proofing) and fireproofing. In most situations, architects and builders can achieve cost and performance benefits if they consider both soundproofing and fireproofing design objectives.

Both design disciplines are separate and have their own unique design details and require different expertise. However, there are recognizable similarities that can be used to effectively meeting the design objectives for both soundproofing and fireproofing. What are the similarities?

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Do Architects Have Ears? Room acoustics.

Room acoustics & architectural acoustics

Judging by the poor acoustic quality of many residential and commercial buildings, it appears that architects and builders do not have ears, or at least they do not care about the quality of room acoustics and architectural acoustics.

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Architectural Acoustics Consultant?! Who is He?

Architectural acoustics consultant for home theatre

An architectural acoustics, or building acoustics consultant, is the specialist who knows soundproofing.  First, let me explain what soundproofing is. The dictionary definition is: "impervious to sound; to cause to be soundproof". I think this definition is somewhat circular.

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Condo Apartment Soundproofing – Is It Feasible?

Condo apartment soundproofing deals with apartment noise

The short answer is yes. Apartment noise is always a concern, but apartment soundproofing is feasible.  However, the success of the soundproofing effort depends on many factors, including your budget. The devil is in the details.

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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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Impact Noise Reduction in Five Steps.

Impact noise reduction requires soundproof ceiling

There are many factors that go into the decision regarding impact noise control. First, you need to clarify your own needs with regards to the reasons you need to soundproof ceiling. Some questions that you need to ask yourself are:

  • Do you want to accomplish impact noise reduction from the room above?
  • Do you want to reduce impact noise between adjacent rooms?
  • Do you want to quieten the whole house, or a specific room?
  • What degree of impact noise reduction or soundproof ceiling you need?
  • Once it is clear in your mind what you want to accomplish, how it can be done?
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