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Acoustical Considerations for Mixed-Use Wood-Frame Buildings

Acoustics are just one aspect of building performance and must be considered in combination with requirements such as fire protection, structural systems and energy efficiency. To determine an optimal design solution, it is critically important to understand how the design and detailing for each individual system affects the others. Specifically, in addition to meeting the appropriate acoustical rating(s), the assemblies chosen must achieve the required fire ratings and accommodate the structural and energy needs of the project. 

This paper will help you understand the effects of each performance area enabling the design team to more easily navigate the decisions and trade-offs required when evaluating different assembly options. 

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