Alternative natural ventilation of apartments in noisy environments

The performance pathway guideline is expected to be applied only where there is a genuine physical or environmental constraint on the design of an apartment's natural ventilation.

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Takeaways

  • In noisy or hostile environments the apartment design guide states that the impacts of external noise and pollution are minimised through the careful placement and layout of buildings. In a limited number of situations this may not be possible.
  • The performance pathway is expected to be applied only where there is a genuine physical or environmental constraint on the design of an apartment’s natural ventilation. An example would be where acoustic requirements dictate softening of traffic noise, which requires air inlets other than windows and doors, to provide natural ventilation while controlling noise.