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Building Science Acoustics BSCI 9060

Building Science Course

Course details

The field of acoustics as a building science includes the application of theoretical principles, the use of standardized professional measurement and execution of numerical and software modelling of sound in indoor and outdoor building environments. Discussions and research in sound propagation, sound absorption, materials, transmission, and speech intelligibility parameters examines sound quality and noise mitigation strategies in buildings. Acoustical performance criteria for the interior and exterior environments, as defined in policies and current green building design and rating systems, provide the context for integrating acoustics into mechanical and energy system design and building envelope design. The course concludes with applications of psychoacoustics in the built environment as a merging acoustic field.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of BSCI 9060 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 88471


Wed Jan 04 - Wed Apr 12 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 88471
  • $1704.17
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 12 Wed 09:30 - 12:30 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 323


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please contact Program Assistant, at for approval to register for this course. Please include your A#.

Learning Outcomes

Through labs designed for specific subject topics, students will develop strategies for design and problem solving using both empirical formula and predictive software. Students will have the opportunity to apply theory and lab tools directly to realistic problems requiring advanced understanding of systems integration and building performance issues in the term project. Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Conduct building and environmental noise surveys, using ASTM standard test method to assess existing conditions; characterize the noise source in terms of pressure and frequency, identify direct and flanking transmission paths. Present results in a professional report.
  • Apply analytical tools to predict and evaluate acoustical performance of building components, subsystems, and whole buildings, including sound propagation from transportation source to receiver, sound transmission through partitions and building envelope, mechanical system noise and sound behaviour in non-complex rooms.
    • Design and evaluate outdoor barriers for noise mitigation
    • Design building envelope to meet outdoor-to-indoor sound isolation requirements;
    • Specific interior partitions based on STC, noise frequency spectrums and flanking conditions,
    • Specify absorption materials for noise control in industrial and performance rooms.
  • Assess the interface of natural and mechanical displacement ventilation systems with the building acoustics. ASHRAE algorithms are used to predict and evaluate acoustical performance of mechanical components and system and their contribution to room acoustics.
  • Discuss the relative merits of various performance criteria. Evaluate sound characteristics relative to performance criteria.
  • Optimize design solutions to meet acoustical performance requirements given realistic economic, environmental, and social constraints.
  • Convey an understanding of acoustics as an applied science integrated into a whole buildings system with a view of human comfort, health, and serviceability and environmental sustainability.
  • Evaluate options and develop appropriate integrated solutions for sustainable buildings rated through green building rating systems.

Conducted in parallel with lectures and lab work each student develops a research project that aligns with current course topics. The Final Course Research Project Expectation document and the BSCI Research Project Evaluation Rubric document delineates expectations and evaluation of the students research level, communication and professional autonomy skills for all assignment and the research project (documents in course folder D2L).

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

Building Science Acoustics (BSCI 9060) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Engineering/Building Science
    Master of Applied Science Full-time/Part-time
  2. Building Science
    Master of Engineering Full-time/Part-time


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