Research into the acoustic transmission of open and closed windows.

Waters-Fuller, Tim and Lurcock, Daniel (2005) Research into the acoustic transmission of open and closed windows. Technical Report. Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

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This report presents the findings from a set of laboratory measurements undertaken
as part of a contract let by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to
investigate the performance of residential windows in their open and closed
conditions and to provide additional guidance on other factors affecting the level of
The overall aim of the study is to provide rigorous guidance on the acoustical
properties of residential facades allowing for the requirements of natural ventilation,
through either open windows or background ventilators. The guidance is intended to
be of particular use at the planning stage for residential developments; where it can
be combined with appropriate acoustic criteria to indicate the scope, where
necessary, of noise mitigation works.The insulation of an open window has been generally accepted as being 10-15 dBA
although the precision and dependence on associated factors, such as opening style,
open area and window size, are not readily available. A programme of laboratory
measurements have been undertaken by the Building Performance Centre at Napier
University on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in
order to quantify the sound insulation provided by a variety of window types, opening
styles, areas of opening and ventilator devices

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Print ISSN: 1478-6095
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental protection; pollution; noise nuisance;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 363 Other social problems & services
600 Technology > 690 Building & construction > 690 Buildings
600 Technology > 680 Manufacture for specific uses > 680 Manufacture for specific uses
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
T Technology > TH Building construction
Item ID: 2037
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 29 May 2008 11:06
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2009 11:24

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