Advanced Research on Improvement of the Indoor Acoustic Environment

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 1297

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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
Interests: architectural and environmental acoustics; acoustic sustainability; soundscape; circular economy; environmental impact assessments

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Department of Applied Physics, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
Interests: environmental data processing and modelling; air quality; acoustics; physical risks; climate change; environmental pollution and its modelling; energy efficiency in buildings; circular economy; green technologies; renewable energy; building information modelling; acoustic sustainability
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Dear Colleagues,

Our lives take place inside and around buildings, where we live, rest, enjoy leisure and culture, pray, etc. The quality of our living spaces depends on their design and the integration of critical variables, including their acoustic quality. In this Special Issue, we welcome original research related to soundproofing insulation, acoustic conditioning, soundscapes, land use and planning, the incorporation of novel technologies and materials, and new computational tools that demand an assessment of their effectiveness. In order to improve the quality standards of buildings, the submission of research focusing on clear guidelines for practical actions in buildings, and new tools for enhancing our knowledge of the possible implications of these actions linked to indoor thermal and visual comfort, is anticipated for this Special Issue. Of interest, therefore, is any research that enables one to assess or evaluate the impact that acoustic measures have on other aspects of building usability and habitability, as well as on the building envelope and its interaction with the urban environment it is located within, both in working spaces and dwellings. In the framework of acoustic sustainability, novel research linked to acoustic sustainability in building design and construction, considering aspects such as energy efficiency, the application of environmentally friendly materials and the environmental impact of noise, is also the subject of this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Ángel Fermín Ramos Ridao
Prof. Dr. Diego Pablo Ruiz Padillo
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  • room and indoor acoustics 
  • architectural design for noise control 
  • acoustic conditioning and materials
  • acoustic modelling and simulation 
  • emerging technologies for building insulation
  • acoustic sustainability 
  • urban acoustics
  • soundscapes
  • psycho-acoustic
  • virtual reality technology

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Assessing the Soundscape Characteristics of Historical Urban Environments: An Analysis of the Historical Erbil Citadel and Its Environments
by Asmaa Ahmed Mustafa Jaff, Çilen Erçin and Zeynep Onur
Buildings 2023, 13(12), 3091; - 13 Dec 2023
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This research addresses the neglect of sensory features, specifically the soundscape, in studies focused on preserving historic areas. The aim was to contribute to soundscape research by examining the effect of sound on the perception of urban historical places and the impact of [...] Read more.
This research addresses the neglect of sensory features, specifically the soundscape, in studies focused on preserving historic areas. The aim was to contribute to soundscape research by examining the effect of sound on the perception of urban historical places and the impact of the “renewal and transformation” process on audio-visual experiences. This study focused on the historical Erbil Citadel as a case study area, known for its extensive cultural history. Sound sources in the region were identified, recorded, and analyzed using software to calculate the Sound Pressure Level (SPL). The sound sources assessed as a result of the analysis were examined using Schafer’s sound characteristics. In this study, data was collected through a soundwalk study in the historical Erbil Citadel, and its surroundings were identified. The characteristics of the sounds were determined from the sound recordings, enabling the distinction of sounds contributing to the city’s identity. A route was established in its current state, and it was identified which regional precautions should be taken to preserve the sound identity of the city. Full article
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