Often noisy schools are a mix of multi-functional spaces where building materials need to be easy to maintain, safe and durable.
Creating a good acoustic experience improves learning and understanding. High-performance ceiling panels and other types of overhead sound control systems, such as baffles and islands, have become the primary way for designers to achieve positive acoustic conditions in more challenging settings.
To improve noisy conditions in classrooms, building materials need to provide acoustic comfort.
Schools integrate a variety of spaces such as classrooms, gymnasiums, administration areas, canteens, each having their own requirements. Given that there is a variety of occupants in schools, design can be a complicated and demanding.
In recent years, there have been a number of studies detailing the influence that a school’s building has on students, both how it enhances and interferes with the learning process. We see that, among other things, excessively noisy conditions can impact a student’s health, the way they think and their overall academic performance.
Irrespective of the teaching method having the right noise levels in the classroom is important. It influences a teacher’s ability to impart knowledge and a student’s ability to learn. A study that investigated the impacts of classroom noise pollution on academic achievement found that noise in the classroom above 41 dB began negatively affecting test results. For example, a research team in France found that for every 10 dB increase in noise pollution, 8-9 year-old students performed 5.5 points lower on their national standardised test.
To improve the noisy conditions of the classroom, we have to design learning environments with products that help to absorb and control sound.
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