Even with thicker walls, pathways through which sound escapes can defeat construction. Unsealed recessed electrical outlets are a common example. â€œI know a hotel with walls constructed to STC-60, but they performed at only STC-42 because the outlets werenâ€™t sealed,â€ Battaglia says. â€œYet, the â€˜fixâ€™ was simple. Preformed acoustic seals were installed by the maintenance crew between guests. The results were nothing short of remarkable.â€
Your guestsâ€™ ears never rest, not even when theyâ€™re sleeping. Throughout the night, guests are likely to hear off-and-on HVAC systems, TVs in adjacent rooms, and luggage carts in hallways.
â€œWhen humans were still sleeping in caves, we needed to hear twigs snap when predators approached,â€ explains Jeff Loether, founder of Electro-Media Design, which provides acoustical and audio visual guidance for various hotel flags in the United States and overseas. â€œWhen man moved from caves to hotel rooms, he brought his hearing acuity with him.â€ And while hungry predators are no longer a problem, sounds that go bump in the night are.
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