Acoustics play an important role in establishing the comfort of a room just as the heating and cooling system provides physical comfort by controlling temperature. Unlike the temperature, however, the acoustical comfort of a room is not well understood by the general public. A new online training course on classroom acoustics now available from CertainTeed Ceilings provides architects and designers the latest science on the role of proper sound control in student learning.
Specifically, the free course, “Ceilings: Classroom Acoustics,” examines topics, including noise sources in an educational environment, signal-to-noise ratio, speech intelligibility testing, relative decibel levels, academic studies on classroom acoustics, and classroom noise and sound absorption as they relate to LEED.
“Good acoustics in our classrooms is as important as proper lighting and indoor air when it comes to ensuring quality education,” says Dawn Chittick, director of marketing for CertainTeed Ceilings. “This course is designed to provide the architectural community with the latest information on how proper acoustical control measures can improve student comprehension and contribute to LEED goals.”
The program has been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council LEED professional credentialing program and is also registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. The course offers one credit hour toward professional education requirements and qualifies for Health, Safety and Welfare credit through AIA.
CertainTeed offers more than 35 free online courses for professionals that can be used to meet all standards of national and local continuing education learning units.