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Department of   Design and Environmental Analysis,
Cornell University
  1. External Considerations

  2. Core & Envelope

  3. Indoor Ecology

  4. Material/Product Content

  5. Ecotecture Worksheets

  6. Additional  information.

  7. Case Studies

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Design Considerations:

Effect of surrounding noise- Orient the building in a location on the site that shields the building from the noise source. For example, do not locate the building near a freeway. Use hillsides and trees as shields from noise sources. Landscaping, such as earth berms or vegetation, can help reduce traffic noise

Amount of noise released into environment- Investigate ways to prevent any noise within the building to release outside of the building. Use acoustical tile and insulation to seal noises within the building. Noise from mechanical equipment should be minimized and mitigated by location and buffering. In order to reduce the effects of noise interference, many techniques can be employed. Soft-textured interior surfaces will help to absorb sounds, particularly in areas where large numbers of people work or gather. Plumbing walls should be well insulated and strategically located.


Use decibel meters to gauge the level of noise pollution

Case Studies to research:

Further Information:








Cornell University, December 1998