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Monday, July 8 • 12:20 - 12:40
ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE OF GREEN BUILDINGS: A POST-OCCUPANCY EVALUATION

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Awareness about large energy consumption and global warming risks has encouraged many initiatives for sustainability and energy consumption reduction. As buildings account for large portion of energy consumption worldwide many initiatives address the issue of the sustainability of buildings. There is an increasing trend toward "green" buildings among building industry in general. This is led mostly by third party non-governmental initiatives such as the US Green Building Council and its LEED green building which has become one of the leading green building third-party initiatives worldwide. Green building rating schemes require buildings to be environmentally friendly, resource and energy efficient and healthy places to live and work. Yet the quality of the buildings certified according to commercially available green building schemes is sometimes questioned. Many studies have found discrepancies between green building ratings and the actual performance of the certified buildings. Furthermore, acoustic performance is one of the aspects quite often overlooked by the schemes. In the buildings, acoustics sometimes represents conflicting situations with other aspects of buildings performance such as thermal, or indoor air quality, or even lighting. Therefore it is very important to include the examination of acoustic performance alongside other aspects for a high quality green building. While providing an overview of the common problems reported on the acoustics of green buildings, this paper compares the results of a post-occupancy evaluation of a number of "green" and conventional buildings.


Monday July 8, 2019 12:20 - 12:40 EDT
St-Laurent 4
  T11 Room & build. acoustics, RS02 Hmn resp to noise & vibr in blt env