Acoustic design criteria for higher-education learning environments

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Studies showed that poor acoustic conditions in school environments might reduce students’ level of attention and performance during lectures, as well as cause vocal fatigue and stress to members of staff [15]. In spite of the available evidence, current English legislation does not cover higher education environments, which are different and may offer other constraints and challenges.

Therefore, the main purpose of this project is to investigate the acoustics requirements of a university environment by assessing and evaluating several acoustical parameters, including background noise, reverberation time (RT), speech intelligibility (SI), speech clarity (C50) and sound strength (G), in two
classrooms and three lecture theatres at Solent Southampton University.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReproduced Sound 2019
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Engagement in Sound
PublisherInstitute of Acoustics
ISBN (Print)978-1-906913-35-9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2019
EventReproduced Sound 2019: Creating Engagement in Sound - Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Nov 201921 Nov 2019


ConferenceReproduced Sound 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom

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    Duran, S., Ausiello, L., & Battaner-Moro, J. (2019). Acoustic design criteria for higher-education learning environments. In Reproduced Sound 2019 : Creating Engagement in Sound (Vol. 41(3)). [ISBN 978-1-906913-35-9 ISSN 1478-6095 ] Institute of Acoustics.