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SonicLQ: Reconnecting Acoustics and Airtightness

Early on in our work on energy-efficient homes, the connection between airtightness and sound centered on airport noise; now a new technology reconnects acoustics and air leakage

Posted on Aug 24 2017 by Peter Yost

Back in the early days of airport noise mitigation programs, there was a pretty strong link between air leakage and sound. A document titled “Tips for Insulating Your Home Against Aircraft Noise” noted, “Sound travels from the exterior to the interior of the home in two ways: through solid structural elements and through the air…. Wherever air can infiltrate a home, sound can as well.”

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Image Credits:

  1. Images #1, #2, #3, and #4: Argonne National Laboratory
  2. Image #5: U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Ball

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