Tuning acoustical facade designs aiming for a controlled influence on the urban soundscape

Jochen Krimm, Holger Techen, Ulrich Knaack

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The representative high-rise facades of today's major cities are composing urban spaces out of glass and steel. With the reflection of one noise source on one hard reflective facade the noise level in an urban space can increase up to 3 dB. In the case of multiple reflections in a complex urban setting the level can increase up to 8 dB. Taking this effect into account, the surfaces of inner city facades have to be redesigned aiming for absorption of the sound energy. Due to the different functions of a façade, e.g. vista, light, energy and air, the complete covering of a facade in order to gain broadband absorption is not feasible. If the targeted broadband absorption is not feasible, the absorption effect can be tuned to several frequency bands in order to transform the uncomfortable noise perception into a comfortable one. During this research facade designs were developed with a focus on the acoustical effectiveness. It was demonstrated, that with a tunable acoustical facade construction, more than one frequency band can be influenced, thus achieving a comfort soundscape in an urban space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the INTER-NOISE 2016: 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a Quieter Future
EditorsWolfgang Kropp, Otto von Estorff, Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp
PublisherGerman Acoustical Society (DEGA)
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-939296-11-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-5108-2988-6
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2016
EventInter-Noise 2016: International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 21 Aug 201624 Sept 2016
Conference number: 45


ConferenceInter-Noise 2016
Abbreviated titleINTER-NOISE 2016
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  • 52.9.1 Ambient sound levels
  • 76.2 Small scale modeling
  • Facades


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