Industry News Post 1

November 19th, 2009

Industry News

Builders and developers may find useful information here in understanding the many issues that architects and building envelope consultants face when writing specifications and designing windows for their structures.


The Acoustical Society of America ( offers lists of national and international acoustical standards for sale. However, you can now download at no charge American National Standards on Acoustics, Acoustical Performance Guidelines for Schools, Classroom Acoustics I and II, articles from the current issue of Acoustics Research Letters Online.

New standards for acoustical attenuation are constantly being set by federal, state and local authorities.  Architects and builders need to stay up to date as they design and contract for buildings in the northeast, especially for urban developments and buildings that are close to airports.

Schools are another category of construction where noise attenuation has been increasingly addressed.  Other codes deal with air quality and fire stafety.  The New York Department of Education, Office of Facilities Planning website ( provides code forms, checklists and workbooks; fire safety, mechanical, and operation and maintenance regulations; other school construction rules and regulations, including College Fire Safety Manual, Public School Fire Safety Manual and Nonpublic Fire Safety Manual. Can download Manual of Planning Standards for School Buildings and Indoor Air Quality Manual.

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