The ANSI/ASA S12.60 limit of 35 dBA can be met using standard HVAC equipment without greatly increasing installed cost. However, meeting any acoustic requirements requires good selection, design, and application practices such as:
Following these guidelines will alternatively allow for designs that meet other acoustic criteria such as those recommended in the ASHRAE handbook or a CHPS criteria. A similar process is suggested for other acoustically sensitive areas such as church offices or medical facilities. For a more thorough review of using common HVAC equipment in classrooms, download the Trane white paper on classroom acoustics.
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