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Sound Absorbing Materials (1 LU)
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Sound Absorbing Materials (1 LU)

When: Thursday, February 2
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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An extensive survey of sound absorbing architectural material finishes - past, present, and emerging. For each material, real-world projects will be presented to showcase aesthetic potential while demonstrating elegant solutions to common acoustical problems in every day environments. The pros and cons of each material and their suitability to different environments will be briefly discussed. Fundamental technical concepts will be clearly and concisely presented to provide a general understanding of how materials absorb sound, the common metrics used by manufacturers to classify materials, and how these materials are commonly used to reduce noise and reverberation, inform our sense of space, and improve communication in our daily lives.

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Image credits: Création Baumann, FilzFelt, BAUX Acoustic Panels & Tiles, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Design

Learning Objectives
  1. Survey a wide range of sound absorbing architectural materials with examples of projects that emphasize the material's aesthetic potential and demonstrates elegant solutions to common acoustical problems.
  2. Learn how materials absorb (or reflect) sound and the common metrics and standards used for describing their sound absorbing performance.
  3. Understand how sound absorbing materials are used to reduce noise and improve speech intelligibility in everyday environments such as offices, classrooms, hospitals, restaurants or subway stations.
  4. Discover the different classifications of sound absorbing materials and the common pitfalls that can influence their absorptive performance once installed.


About the Speaker

Tyler Adams is a senior acoustical consultant at Mei Wu Acoustics and author of "Sound Materials: A Compendium of Sound Absorbing Materials for Architecture and Design," which was recently published by FRAME. Tyler has consulted on a variety of projects including schools, hospitals, offices, high-rise buildings, research laboratories, performance spaces, and environmental noise control. He holds a Master of Science in Architectural Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.