UIJRT » United International Journal for Research & Technology

Acoustic Improvement of School Buildings

Total Views / Downloads: 121 

Cite ➜

Abakar, K.M. and Alibaba, H.Z., 2020. Acoustic Improvement of School Buildings. United International Journal for Research & Technology (UIJRT), 1(5), pp.22-30.


This paper will analyze the different perspectives and approaches in terms of sound improvement techniques, noise absorption or sound insulation methods respond differently to noise and provide solutions to certain nuisances. Acoustic performance in school buildings can have a significant impact on student learning and teacher work, good sound insulation can facilitate teaching, communication between teacher and students, and between students, which is often a problem in schools, particularly in urban areas, due to different external and internal factors. The reasons for the use of different techniques will be presented, followed by a comparative study of different cases that have been carried out and the impact of the use of certain materials in the environment. The study shows that good acoustic qualities are relevant in school environments.

Keywords: Acoustic performance, teaching environment, noise, external factors, internal factors, materials.


  1. Effects of Classroom Acoustics on Performance and Well-Being in Elementary School Children: A Field Study, Maria Klattel, Jurgen Hellbruelr, Jochen Seidel, and Philip Leistner, 2010.
  2. Noise Pollution in Teshie-Nungua Schools, Richard Addo Sowah, Yankson A. Alfred, Derick Carboo, Adaboh R. K., 2014
  3. The Impact of School Environments, Steve Higgins, Elaine Hall, Kate Wall, Pam Woolner, Caroline McCaughey, 2005
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundproofing
  5. The effects of noise on children at school: a review, B.M. Shield, J.E. Dockrell, 2003
  6. Noise and cognitive performance in children and adults, Evans, G., & Hygge, S., 2007
  7. https://www.acousticbulletin.com/home/ecophon-group/what-is-sound-insulation
  8. Classroom Acoustics to Support Student Learning, J. Bradley, National Research Council Canada,2007
  9. Evaluation of the acoustic performance of classrooms in public schools, Paulo Henrique Trombetta Zannin, Daniele Petri Zanardo Zwirtes, 2008
  10. https://pulsarinstruments.com/en/applications/noise-education
  11. An Evaluation of Primary School Students’ Views about Noise Levels in School, Nermin Bulunuz, Mızrap Bulunuz, Ali Yurdun Orbak, Nejla Mulu, Ömer Faruk Tavşanli, 2017
  12. On-site measurements for noise reduction through open windows of classrooms with different building dispositions, Hong-Seok Yang, Hyun-Min Cho, Myung-Jun Kim, 2018
  13. Effects of irrelevant speech and traffic noise on speech perception and cognitive performance in elementary school children, Klatte, M., Meis, M., Sukowski, H., & Schick, A., 2007
  14. A survey of acoustic conditions and noise levels in secondary school classrooms in England, Shield, BM, Conetta, R, Dockrell, J, Connolly, D, Cox, TJ and Mydlarz, CA, 2015
  15. Perception of teachers on acoustic environment and its effect on the teaching process, Laura I. Ortiz Martinez, 2017
  16. World Health Organization. Guidelines for community noise; 1999
  17. Improvement of acoustic conditions for speech communication in classrooms, E. Sala, V. Viljanen, 1995
  18. Listening to distraction: A developmental study of selective attention, Doyle, A. B, 1973
  19. Subjective assessment of listening environments in university classrooms: perceptions of students, S.M. Kennedy, M. Hodgson, L.D. Edgett, N. Lamb, R. Rempel, 2006
  20. Acoustics of Schools: a design guide, Institute of Acoustics and the Association of Noise Consultants, 2015
  21. Developing an acoustic school design: steps to improve hearing and listening at schools, M. Hagen, J. Kahlert, C. Hemmer-Schanze, L. Huber, M. Meis, 2004
  22. Developing an acoustic school design: steps to improve hearing and listening at schools, M. Hagen, J. Kahlert, C. Hemmer-Schanze, L. Huber, M. Meis, 2004
  23. Ceiling baffles and reflectors for controlling lecture-room sound for speech intelligibility, W.Y. Yang, M. Hodgson, 2007
  24. https://bettersoundproofing.com/best-soundproofing-insulation/
  25. https://asona.com.au/products/triton-baffle-beam
  26. The impact of noise level on students’ learning performance at state elementary school in Medan, Buchari, and Nazaruddin Matondang, 2017
  27. https://www.batiproduits.com/fiche/produits/panneau-de-facade-en-laine-de-roche-a-decor-boi-p69310868
  28. https://www.archiexpo.fr/prod/peverelli/product-159434-2086907
  29. The intelligibility of speech in elementary school classrooms, J.S. Bradley, H. Sato, 2008
  30. Speech intelligibility in classrooms: Specific acoustical needs for primary school children Whitlock, J.A., & Dodd, G., (2008)
  31. Classroom noise, Exposure and subjective response among pupils, Lundquis, 2003
  32. Le confort acoustique dans les établissements scolaires, Maud Gehu, 2014

For Conference & Paper Publication​

UIJRT Publication - International Journal