Chapter 2.0 Essential measurments
2.1 Start here
Every space has a unique set of acoustic properties, and there are various tools and methods that can be used to assess and measure them. However, before you can introduce the right acoustic treatments it’s essential to understand your design goals and identify any issues that might need to be addressed. Some acoustic treatment suppliers offer calculators that estimate treatment needs based on space dimensions and other measurable variables. Advanced prediction technology can also be used to predict acoustic values—for example, by using techniques such as room acoustic modelling, auralisation, ray tracing, and absorption performance prediction. Collaborating with a professional acoustician to carry out such measurements is highly recommended. If you are designing a space that is already in use, valuable insights can also be gathered by surveying the needs and complaints of current inhabitants, as well as by experiencing the acoustic environment for yourself.