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  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

    Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is most simply described as the conditions inside the building. It includes air quality, but also access to da...

  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project’s sustainability. Environmentally r...

  • Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings Replacement

    Daily wear and tear means that materials, furniture and furnishings require periodic replacement.

  • Space Reconfiguration and Renovation Projects

    As needs change over time, tenants often need to convert space or phase the conversion of individual space or rooms to meet these changing needs....

  • Under 10,000 SF Interiors Gut Rehab Project

    This page provides Sustainable Strategies to consider as a space has or will undergo a major tenant gut rehab for projects under 10,000 SF.

  • Building Systems Upgrades

    This page details Sustainable Strategies to consider as your space undergoes a building system upgrade to improve energy, water use, and occupant co...
  • Buildings and Health

    The challenge for building design and operations is to identify and eliminate health risks while also providing positive physical, emotional, and...

  • The Importance of Daylight

    While many people prefer to be in spaces with abundant daylight, a critical question is to what extent the benefits of daylight matter to those who ...
  • Biophilic Design

    Learn why nature is so important to us, what we know about the benefits of nature, and how biophilia is being applied in buildings, particularly in ...

Acoustics

A space with good acoustics allows for confidential conversations among collaborating workers without affecting those engaged in individual, focused work. It is not too loud, does not echo too much, and controls excess noise pollution from both indoor and outdoor sources.

GSA | Sound Matters

Whole Building Systems

  • IEQ - Whole Building Design Guide – Acoustic Comfort

    http://www.wbdg.org/resources/acoustic-comfort

  • Planted Roof - Acoustics

    Planted roofs are better at absorbing sound than conventional and concrete roofs. When used on buildings without ceiling insulation, they can reduce...

  • HVAC - EQc9

    Acoustic Performance

  • HVAC - EQc9

    Acoustic Performance

  • IEQ - EQc9

    Acoustic Performance

  • IEQ - EQc9

    Acoustic Performance

  • Planted Roof - EQc9

    Acoustic Performance

  • Planted Roof - LEED BD+C: New Construction (v4)

    While there is no unique credit that specifically addresses the construction of planted roofs, LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C)...

  • Water - Green Tips Impact

    Institute a leak detection program on distribution lines that utilizes acoustic listening equipment to proactively detect leaks so that repairs can ...

  • IEQ - Acoustical Comfort

    Surveys of indoor environmental comfort often identify acoustics as an area of largest dissatisfaction. As the move toward open workspaces continues...

  • IEQ - Controllability

    Occupant comfort can be optimized by providing high levels of individual or group controllability with regard to ambient air, lighting, and sound. T...

  • IEQ - Human Behavior

    The way occupants interact with and utilize the building space has a direct effect on overall IEQ as many times it is humans that introduce harmful ...

  • IEQ - Controllability

    IEQ is all about health and comfort. The optimum indoor comfort "settings" for one individual is never the same as his neighbor. As a result, provid...

  • IEQ - Mobility

    Modern office policies and technologies enable mobility as a means for the occupant to seek out desirable environmental conditions. Mobile laptops a...

  • IEQ - Occupant

    The occupant’s health and productivity is directly affected by the IEQ and therefore their well-being should be considered throughout the inte...

  • IEQ - Acoustical Engineer

    Occupant IEQ surveys often report significant dissatisfaction with building acoustical performance. The acoustical engineer is tasked with creating ...

  • IEQ - Resources

    The resource impacted greatest from indoor environmental quality is not energy, water, or physical materials themselves; it’s the occupants th...

  • IEQ - Absorption

    Acoustic ceiling tiles, carpeting, furniture finishes, curtains and hanging acoustical plasters can be implemented to mitigate the distribution of s...

  • IEQ - System Overview

    Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors1 and as a result their comfort, health, and work performance rely heavily on indoor e...

Materials

  • Open Ceiling

    Open ceilings offer a modern, industrial-type feel to a space as duct-work and piping are typically visible. Like bare concrete floors, open ceiling...
  • Metal

    Steel entry doors with foam core insulation can provide good sound insulation and weather proofing. They also can serve as fire breaks, and good sec...
  • Sound boots

    Sound-boots are integrated into the duct-work between the office walls in the ceiling. The duct work is often shaped like a boot. If properly speci...
  • Ceiling Tile

    Acoustical ceiling tiles are typically used in offices with dropped ceilings. The ceiling tiles come in various sizes and finishes and frequently...
  • Gypsum Board

    Gypsum board (i.e. drywall) ceilings are similar to acoustical ceilings in that they improve the acoustical properties of a space and sometimes cont...