On the Council’s web page, “Green building Research,” Selecting "Research Publications" on the upper right leads to more links.
The “Research Publications,” page has only the following two references to noise that I could find:
— "Sound Control for Improved Outcomes in Healthcare Settings,” (January 2007), by Joseph, A. & Ulrich, R., and
— “Acoustical Barriers to Learning," (2003), by Nelson, P., Sigfrid, S. & Seltz, A.
“Sound Control for Improved Outcomes in Healthcare Settings,”
From the web site of The Centre for Health Design (healthdesign.org)
Comments: One suggestion for acoustic privacy is the use of artificial white noise. Having worked in an office with that constant hissing for a couple of years, makes me think that this is not the best solution either. Doors make better privacy shields. The authors also had concerns about medical staff needing to hear alerts, alarms, and messages when such noise is added to a healthcare space. This is especially important in light of IEC 60601‑ 1-8, which makes use of tonal sound by doctors and nurses as another diagnostic tool, and recommends this sound be delivered by medical equipment.
Note the suggestion that patient-chosen music, that is, music selected by the patient based on his/her own preferences and not music chosen by staff or administration, may be beneficial to certain patients. I certainly hope these recommendations are not interpreted to mean that ambient music is to be added, simply increasing the over-all noise levels and making communication more difficult for the hard‑of‑hearing! I also sincerely hope that the patient has the right to refuse music if music is not desired.
Music therapy is not simply playing music for patients, it is involving patients in choosing and producing music. Just because there is music present does not make it therapy!
The second link connects to the article, “Acoustical Barriers to Learning," (2003), by Nelson, P., Sigfrid, S. & Seltz, A.,on the web site of the Accoustical Society of America.
Comments: The USGBC did not provide a link to where the Classroom Acoustics ANSI standard could be purchased, which is:
The USGBC does provide a way for non‑profit and environmental organizations to obtain membership for probably as little as US $300.00 per year. This provides reduced price access to the LEED documents. See the Council’s Categories and Dues page.
Incidentally, doing the search “quiet OR noise OR” on Google produced about 129 references, less than three percent of the pages “acoustic site:usgbc.org”, while searching “energy site:usgbc.org” on Google produced about 3890 references; searching “water site:usgbc.org” produced 2570 references; and finally, searching “green site: usgbc.org” on Google produced about 5800 references.
In the major LEED documents there are not enough references to controlling noise!
LEED for Commercial Interiors v2.0 Registered Project Checklist
Comments: This checklist has points for thermal comfort, daylight and water use reduction, but no entry for acoustics (noise pollution, acoustic comfort etc.). For example, the builder may install a low‑flow toilet that emits excessive noise (above 88 dB A) and not lose any points for it being so noisy.