Measurement, Design and Management of Indoor Soundscapes: Applications to Different Building Uses

A special issue of Acoustics (ISSN 2624-599X).

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Interests: indoor environmental quality; indoor soundscape; acoustic comfort; noise effects on health and well-being; ventilation; architectural engineering
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Dear Colleagues,

Post-occupancy assessments of buildings consistently show that privacy problems and exposure to uncomfortable noise levels and annoying sound stimuli are among the main sources of environmental dissatisfaction in the built environment. The acoustic quality of spaces can in turn affect people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life, and this is even more true inside buildings, where we spend most of our time.

Understanding how noise can be annoying and sounds can be desirable for building occupants requires a perceptual characterisation of the sound environment. To achieve this, soundscape research has evolved as a framework that integrates psychological, (psycho)acoustic, physiological and social factors to explore how people perceive and experience the acoustic environment. Sound is managed and differentiated according to people’ perception and employed as a design “resource” to shape healthy and supportive acoustic environments that are positively perceived by their users.

While assessment tools are more established and standardised in the field of urban planning (ISO 12913 series), the development of frameworks to address indoor soundscapes is more recent and still ongoing. Research is invited that establishes methodologies and tools to measure and characterise the indoor soundscape, taking into account the different uses of buildings and related needs and expectations by building occupants, including aurally diverse occupants; develops and tests materials and technologies to release positive sounds in indoor built environments; and understands negative and positive impacts on people’s comfort, task performance, health and wellbeing, depending on building use.

This Special Issue aims to collect contributions related to inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to characterising the quality of indoor acoustic environments related to (but not limited to) residential, school, office, care facilities and performance environments; impacts of technologies implemented in the built environment on its soundscape (e.g., building ventilation); impact of acoustic and non-acoustic factors on human perception of the sound environment; relationship between sound type and speech perception, cognitive and health effects; new methodologies for predicting and modelling indoor acoustic environments; methods of communicating and representing indoor soundscapes; acoustic zoning and perception-based active soundscapes; and relationship between sound, space and behaviour in the built environment. Contributions are welcome from a variety of disciplines, employing both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including soundscape studies, architecture, noise control engineering, environmental design, social sciences, urban planning, spatial analysis, environmental psychology, epidemiology and public health.

Dr. Simone Torresin
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  • indoor soundscape
  • architectural acoustics
  • room acoustics
  • environmental acoustics
  • indoor environmental quality
  • environmental health
  • salutogenic design
  • acoustic comfort
  • cognitive performance
  • speech perception
  • quality of life (QoL)
  • quality of experience (QoE)

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19 pages, 5088 KiB  
Digital Twin for Acoustics and Stage Craft Facility Management in a Multipurpose Hall
by Maria Cairoli and Lavinia Chiara Tagliabue
Acoustics 2023, 5(4), 909-927; - 12 Oct 2023
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 1812
Digital twins aim to virtually replicate the static and dynamic building characteristics through real-time connectivity between virtual and physical counterparts. Despite its potential, research into digital twins for facility management (FM) in multipurpose spaces is at an early stage, especially to control and [...] Read more.
Digital twins aim to virtually replicate the static and dynamic building characteristics through real-time connectivity between virtual and physical counterparts. Despite its potential, research into digital twins for facility management (FM) in multipurpose spaces is at an early stage, especially to control and optimize the various uses and configuration layouts. One of the major barriers to the adoption of digital twin technology in multipurpose buildings is the lack of interoperability, primarily between building information modeling (BIM) and Internet of things (IoT) data sources. This paper presents a possible digital-twin architecture to enable digital-twin applications aiming to impact building performance, acting on the facility management of stagecraft and variable acoustic architectural elements to control the reverberation time in real time. The case study of Roberto De Silva Multipurpose Hall is presented, in which the indoor acoustic quality is controlled by the digital twin that returns the reverberation time output as a function of stage equipment layouts, variable acoustic elements and hall occupancy. Full article
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