Problems in residential design for ventilation and noise: Part 1: natural ventilation

Jack Harvie-Clark, Mark Siddall

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This paper addresses three broad problems in residential design for achieving sufficient ventilation provision with reasonable internal ambient noise levels. The first problem is insufficient qualification of the ventilation conditions that should be achieved while meeting the internal ambient noise level limits. Requirements from different Planning Authorities vary widely; qualification of the ventilation condition is proposed. The second problem concerns the feasibility of natural ventilation with background ventilators; the practical result falls between Building Control and Planning Authority such that appropriate ventilation and internal noise limits may not both be achieved. Greater coordination between planning guidance and Building Regulations is suggested. The third problem concerns noise from mechanical systems that is currently entirely unregulated, yet again can preclude residents from enjoying reasonable indoor air quality and noise levels simultaneously. Surveys from over 1000 dwellings are reviewed, and suitable noise limits for mechanical services are identified. It is suggested that commissioning measurements by third party accredited bodies are required in all cases as the only reliable means to ensure that that the intended conditions are achieved in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-41
JournalAcoustics Bulletin
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


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