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MemberDecember 20, 2022 at 11:55 am
It’s reassuring to hear the judge’s input on this case. I am aware of some cases where judges have indicated that because we live in condominiums, we can’t expect the same level of quiet use and enjoyment of our properties. I disagree. I have also seen opinion pieces where someone living next to a lounge or gym “should have known better and expect to hear noise.”
As consumers, we need to understand and demand better building practices.
The webinar Creating Your Place of Zen – Acoustic and Noise Issues in Condos (HGC Engineering) emphasized the importance of dealing with noise issues at the source vs. the destination.
· Sound = air pressure fluctuations in the audible range of 20 to 20K cycles per second
· Noise = any unwanted sound
Sound transmission in buildings is either through the air (STC) or through the structure (IIC)
Sound transmission tests have their uses, but also their limitations.
Much easier to design & build a condo with noise mitigation in mind than to try to remediate afterwards!