Controlling the transmission of impact sound through floors

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Series titleConstruction Technology Update; no. 35
Physical description6 p.
AbstractIt is bad enough not being invited to the party upstairs; worse yet is having to endure the sound of stiletto-heeled shoes keeping time to up-tempo music. Something can be done, however, to reduce such annoying impact noise from above. That something entails the installation of either an impact-absorbing, i.e., resilient, layer on the floor such as a carpet, or a floating floor. Increasing the thickness of the concrete slab can also improve the impact insulation. It is a matter of impact insulation increasing with an increase in mass. That applies just as much to the gypsum board ceiling suspended resiliently from a concrete slab. Overall, the control of impact noise differs greatly from that of airborne noise.
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PublisherInstitute for Research in Construction. National Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français : Comment réduire la transmission des bruits d'impact par les planchers
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NRC number10072
NPARC number20327833
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Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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