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Following current acoustic standards and using common testing equipment; it is difficult to mimic the effects of noise generated in gym areas; as the structure is not being excited at low enough frequencies. As no two buildings are the same; drop weight and in situ tests are recommended when designing acoustic floating floors for gym areas. There are many different types of noise being generated in these facilities. In many cases gyms are opening in existing buildings; where the extra weight and height of a wet system is not feasible; and a well-designed lightweight acoustic floor solution may be necessary.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify local regulation regarding noise limits

  • Define in situ test protocols for gym areas (correct sources of noise, testing equipment, procedures)

  • Identify other dimensions of performance (≠ acoustics) to consider when designing a gym floor

  • How to design a lightweight gym floor system compatible with fitness activities