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Pilot-Credits EQpc24: Acoustical Performance 1 point

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Intent

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This pilot credit is closed to new registrations
To provide workspaces and classrooms that promote occupants’ well-being, productivity, and communications through effective acoustic design.

Requirements

For all occupied spaces, meet the following requirements as applicable to the space:

  • room noise levels
  • sound isolation performance of constructions,
  • limiting reverberation time and reverberant noise buildup
  • paging, masking and sound reinforcement systems
Projects that cannot meet sections of the requirements due to limited scope of work or historic preservation requirements must meet at least 3 of the above sections and submit a detailed description justifying design decisions.
Room noise levels
Room noise levels from building mechanical systems shall fall within the sound level ranges shown in either the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook, HVAC Applications, Chapter 48, Table 1, or the AHRI Standard 885-2008, Table 15, or local equivalent. Measurements for room sound levels shall be measured using a sound level meter that conforms to ANSI S1.4 for type 1 (precision) or type 2 (general purpose) sound measurement instrumentation, or local equivalent. Comply with design criteria for HVAC noise levels in regularly occupied spaces resulting from the sound transmission paths listed in Table 6 in the ASHRAE 2011 Applications Handbook or AHRI Standard 885-2008, or local equivalent.
Sound isolation
In lieu of a building code, meet the following composite Sound Transmission Class (STCC)ratings: See all forum discussions about this credit »

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Intent

Pilot Credit Closed
This pilot credit is closed to new registrations
To provide workspaces and classrooms that promote occupants’ well-being, productivity, and communications through effective acoustic design.

Requirements

For all occupied spaces, meet the following requirements as applicable to the space:

  • room noise levels
  • sound isolation performance of constructions,
  • limiting reverberation time and reverberant noise buildup
  • paging, masking and sound reinforcement systems
Projects that cannot meet sections of the requirements due to limited scope of work or historic preservation requirements must meet at least 3 of the above sections and submit a detailed description justifying design decisions.
Room noise levels
Room noise levels from building mechanical systems shall fall within the sound level ranges shown in either the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook, HVAC Applications, Chapter 48, Table 1, or the AHRI Standard 885-2008, Table 15, or local equivalent. Measurements for room sound levels shall be measured using a sound level meter that conforms to ANSI S1.4 for type 1 (precision) or type 2 (general purpose) sound measurement instrumentation, or local equivalent. Comply with design criteria for HVAC noise levels in regularly occupied spaces resulting from the sound transmission paths listed in Table 6 in the ASHRAE 2011 Applications Handbook or AHRI Standard 885-2008, or local equivalent.
Sound isolation
In lieu of a building code, meet the following composite Sound Transmission Class (STCC)ratings:

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The Sextant Group
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