What a long day at NeoCon 2014! There’s always so much to see and the crowds are insane. I was fortunate enough to be selected to speak for the 4th year in a row, and this year I chose to talk about acoustics. When it comes to sustainable design, people often focus on energy efficiency or resource conservation, but sometimes they miss the the aspects of sustainable design that address human health and comfort. Acoustics is just such an issue. Studies have repeatedly shown that acoustical design can boost worker productivity and actually reduce physical signs of stress. Acoustical design is also important in classroom spaces where speech ineligibility can significantly impact how well students learn. My presentation today looked at the impacts of acoustical design, the metrics of acoustical design, best practices for controlling sound, and finally ways in which acoustics can help you learn points in sustainable design certification programs like LEED. Please check out a PDF of my presentation below if you’d like to learn more!