Design Guidelines
Macquarie University Property

Room acoustics

Room Acoustics is defined by;

  • Reverberation time
  • Reverberant noise control
  • Speech intelligibility (Speech Transmission Index, STI)
  • Late acoustic reflections

The extent to room acoustics parameters will have to be considered and the extent of acoustic treatment required will depend upon:

  • The use of the room or space and therefore an appropriate reverberation time for the use
  • Whether or not noisy activities are expected in the room
  • Whether or not speech intelligibility is fundamental to the use of the room, e.g.: general learning areas
  • Whether the room or space is a specialist performance or recording or teaching space, or with large
  • Dimensions and where late acoustic reflections are considered a risk