A typical urban and suburban environment has numerous sources contributing to the exterior ambient noise. Among these are the environmental sounds from a building’s heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment. How can design professionals help mitigate the distraction caused by HVAC?
In addition to specific air exchanges and heating/cooling requirements, mechanical systems must comply with the local noise ordinances and operate without disturbing adjacent properties. The proliferation of mixed-use developments can increase the concerns of mechanical system noise due to the blend of commercial, cultural, residential, and industrial uses in directly adjacent properties. For development to succeed, it is important to design buildings that control noise appropriately.
This article in The Construction Specifier explains how design professionals can help mitigate the distraction caused by HVAC.