Published February 1, 2023 | Version v1
Journal article Open

Improved acoustics for semi-enclosed spaces in the proximity of residential buildings


Continuous urban densification exacerbates acoustic challenges for residents of housing complexes. They areconfronted with higher noise immission from railway, road traffic, construction, as well as louder neighborhoodacoustic environments. Thereby, not only noise immission indoors is associated with stress, annoyance, andsleep disturbance, but also the immediate outdoor living environment (e.g., courtyards, private gardens andplaygrounds, etc.) can be acoustically unpleasant and annoying. This non-exhaustive narrative review paperelaborates on the role of a number of design parameters on improving the quality of the outdoor soundscapeof housing complexes: architectural and morphological design, facade material characteristics, balconies,greenery, ground, background sounds, and several factors concerning quality of sounds (e.g., multisensoryperception, holistic design, the relevance of space, context, social factors, co-creation, etc.). It mainlycovers literature including both acoustical (e.g., sound pressure level and room acoustical parameters) andhuman/perceptual (e.g., comfort and annoyance) factors. A series of recommendations are presented here as tohow the semi-enclosed outdoor spaces in the proximity of residential complexes can be acoustically improved.


+ ID der Publikation: hslu_93845 + Art des Beitrages: Wissenschaftliche Medien + Sprache: Englisch + Letzte Aktualisierung: 2024-01-26 12:47:54



Files (780.5 kB)

Name Size Download all
780.5 kB Preview Download

Additional details

Related works

Is derived from
10.3397/IN_2022_0158 (DOI)