On-Going Noise Consultant Projects

Some of our on-going noise consultant projects in engineering for equipment, office spaces, transportation and public transit.

WIND

Helping Vermont keep wind power in check.

When the state of Vermont introduced wind power, they found that their regulations were inconsistent and they needed help assessing complaints, reviewing proponent noise studies, and generally interpreting the intricacies of wind turbine noise. So, the Vermont Public Service Department turned to Aercoustics for our expertise and experience in wind power noise consulting. In this role, we provide due diligence, review proponent reports, conduct post constructions sound measurements and provide public submissions on issues related to noise measurements and modeling practices for wind turbines. We continue to work with them on an on-going basis, ensuring that regulations are met, queries are answered and problems are solved.


COMMERCIAL

Creating the rules with North America’s tallest wooden building.

Even though timing was tight, when tasked with taking over another noise consultant’s role on what would become the tallest wood building in North America, it was too exciting an opportunity to say no. Traditional wood buildings offer significant acoustical challenges related to sound isolation between adjoining spaces and throughout the building. And the Wood Innovation and Design Centre will be a multi-use building, housing the university’s lecture theatres, video-conference rooms for distant learning, workshop laboratories, staff offices and tenant space. With limited design guides to follow given the size of the building, we had to rely on the science of acoustics and noise control engineering to help create new building technologies. So we did. And we developed the theory required to accurately determine what the design of the walls, floors and ceilings would be for optimal sound isolation and room acoustic performance. And we’re confident that end result will be a building at the forefront of its industry and will be used a model and design standpoint going forward.


EDUCATION

Keeping stacked classrooms quiet.

The McMaster Living and Learning Centre will be the latest multi-use addition to this Hamilton university campus, containing dynamic learning spaces and student residences. Working with Diamond Schmitt Architects, our task was to acoustically isolate the lecture halls – four stacked rooms all exposed to a four-storey atrium. The curved double-layered walls in the lecture halls made this very complicated, as the mechanical system had to be carefully considered. In the end, we were successful in delivering these stacked, curved, isolated rooms, helping achieve the design vision without compromising acoustic performance. Project rendering by Cicada Design Inc.