Listen Up: Consider How Acoustics Can Complement Green Designs

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Executive Summary

The rewards of building green have been well documented. But here's one that's not often considered: acoustics. Quieter HVAC and elevator systems, improved isolation from thermal and acoustical nuisances, and environmentally responsible acoustical materials are examples of how green and acoustical goals can complement each other. But, first, a few cautions. Understanding where there may be conflicts between sustainable strategies and acoustics can help facility executives better determine where the two strategies also can be complementary.

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