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LEED BD+C: Schools | v2 - Schools 2007

Minimum acoustical performance

EQp3 | Required


Provide classrooms that are quiet and in which teachers can speak to the class without straining their voices and students can effectively communicate with each other and the teacher.


Design classrooms and other core learning spaces to meet the Reverberation Time (RT) requirements of ANSI Standard S12.60-2002, Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements and Guidelines for Schools. Also design classrooms and other core learning spaces to meet the Sound Transmission Class (STC) requirements, excepting windows which must meet an STC rating of at least 35.


Option 1

Using the methodology described annexes B through D in Standard S12.60-2002, achieve a maximum background noise level in classrooms and other primary learning spaces of 45 dBA.

Option 2

Design classrooms and other core learning spaces using the methodology listed in the 2003 HVAC Applications ASHRAE Handbook, Chapter 47 on Sound and Vibration Control, and achieve an RC (N) Mark II level of 37.

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