21 Apr '15, 3pm

Building Green ... #Quietly: #Noise #Pollution and What to Do About It - #BuildingGreen @bglive

In 1984, renowned “sound tracker” Gordon Hempton ferreted out 21 locations in Washington State that were free of all human-generated sound for 15 consecutive minutes. Last year, he found that just three remained. In Minneapolis, $164 million has been spent since 1992 soundproofing homes in the vicinity of the airport, with retrofitting costs this year of $44,000 per home. Nearly one-quarter of the cost of the $11 billion “Big Dig” tunnel project in Boston, Massachusetts is being spent on environmental remediation—much of it on noise management. A recent study by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) reveals that 70% of office workers feel their productivity is being reduced by workspace noise. As you read this issue of EBN, take stock of the acoustical environment in your office, your neighborhood, and your home. Noise at some level is probably a 24-hour compan...

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