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Clarke, S. 2011, November 2—4 Acoustic design approach for hospitals. Paper presented at Acoustics. 
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Resource type: Proceedings Article
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BibTeX citation key: Clarke2011
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Categories: Health
Keywords: Acoustics, Noise, Review
Creators: Clarke
Collection: Acoustics
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"Hospitals include a multitude of different spaces with a wide range of sensitivity and privacy requirements. Each space may be used for a variety of activities that have differing sensitivity levels and generate varying levels of noise. Similar types of spaces within the same hospital can also have quite different design considerations depending on the department and users. This information is often not fully captured in the project brief, nor in prescriptive healthcare guidelines. Consequently, the practicality of achieving acoustical criteria must be considered. Operational con- straints such as cleanability, hygiene and access requirements can limit the use of some acoustic treatments, and in some circumstances restrict the ability of a space to achieve certain acoustic outcomes. This paper provides a discus- sion of the approach to acoustic design of hospital projects and the factors that should be considered in the acoustic design approach. A review of international healthcare guidelines has been undertaken and the requirements qualified against real world mitigating factors. Two case studies are included to highlight the difficulties that occur in the de- sign of real healthcare facilities. These case studies demonstrate that while health care guidelines are a useful starting point, these guidelines must be moderated with an understanding of the user groups and design constraints. In this way, project specific design criteria and solutions can be developed that are workable and still deliver key design out- comes."
Paper no. 112.
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