Noise Control, Acoustics & LEED v4

“The world is getting noisier, and our health and productivity are suffering as a result” and that is “why architects need to design with their ears.” – Julian Treasure, The Sound Agency

In this seminar, we will review the critical impact noise and sound has on the built environment and the people that occupy these spaces. Increased noise levels and poor acoustics have been linked to a range of health-related complaints, from high blood pressure and heart disease to insomnia, irritability and poor short-term memory. It significantly impacts employee productivity, communication and attendance. In education, there is documented evidence siting the profound impact of poor acoustics on learning outcomes and test scores.

We will review the environmental, structural, mechanical, architectural and room design considerations and provide insight to categorically identify noise sources, consideration for alternative noise mitigation methods, unconventional architectural design solutions and best practices that deliver optimal performance criteria that promotes occupants’ well-being, learning, healing, productivity and communication through effective acoustic design.


  • Explore how noise impacts building occupants.
  • Examine the intent and requirements of EQ credit Acoustic Performance in LEED v4 BD+C rating system.
  • Identify the intent and requirements of EQ credit Acoustic Performance in LEED v4 ID+C rating system.
  • Discuss HVAC background noise levels, sound transmission, reverberation time, and sound reinforcement and masking systems as they relate to the requirements of EQ credit Acoustic Performance in LEED v4 BD+C and ID+C.

Gregory Cuddihee, Gaus Acoustics
Gregory Cuddihee received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. His professional experience includes both design and education. Since 2003 he has been an adjunct faculty member at Washington University and currently an Associate professor at Maryville University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate students in representation and the construction of diverse building types. Gregory has an extensive range of architectural experience, from mixed-use and commercial, to educational and institutional, produced with award winning firms. His passion for detail is further realized in his art where he has exhibited in galleries from Paris, France to New York, Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

2 LEED Specific (BD+C, ID+C) GBCI CE Hours

November 1, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Washington University
Danforth University Center – Room 234
6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
Map & Directions

DUC 234 is located on the second floor of the building. If you are parking in the underground garage and coming from the north end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left down the hallway and another left after the Fun Room and stairwell. The room will be the first door on the right. From the south end, take the elevator to the second floor, make a left and another left, then a right before walking past the Fun Room and stairwell.

Visitor parking is available for a charge at the DUC parking garage located underneath the building. Visitors pull a ticket and can pay hourly using a credit card, debit card or cash.

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members
$45 for Non-members

Click here to register online!


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