This report summarizes the acoustics research component regarding sound insulation of elements and systems for the research project on mid-rise and larger wood buildings. The summary outlines the background, main research considerations, research conducted and major outcomes. Further details of the design and the results can found in the appendix of Client Report A1-100035-02.1 .
The goal of the acoustics research components was to develop design solutions for mid-rise wood and wood-hybrid buildings that comply both with the current National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) 2010  requirements for direct sound insulation and with the anticipated requirements for flanking sound transmission in the proposed, 2015 version of the NBCC. In addition, the design solutions were to provide better impact sound insulation while still achieving code compliance for all other disciplines (interdependencies) as identified in the final report of the scoping study conducted in FY 2010/2011 
Project contact is Sylvain Ménard at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
To ensure the acoustic performance of wood constructions, the research group at the Sustainable Building Institute at Napier University has established a series of proven solutions. The advantage of this approach is to provide designers with solutions that have been technically validated, thus allowing them to overcome the burden of proposing to the manufacturer an acoustic solution. The tools to develop this concept will involve an understanding of the propagation of impact and airborne noises in the main CLT building design typologies, validating the main solutions through laboratory testing and providing proven solutions. Many NRC (National Research Council of Canada) trials could have been avoided. Conducting tests is expensive, and it would be interesting to link the test results to the modeling results.
To predict and, when needed to fulfil regularizations or other requirements, lower the impact sound transmission in light weight buildings prior to building, dynamically representative calculation models are needed. The material properties of commonly used building components have a documented spread in literature. Therefore, to validate the junction models, the dynamics of the actual assembly components have to be known. Here, the dynamic properties of a number of component candidates are measured using hammer excited vibrational tests. The spread of the properties of the components are hereby gained. Some of the components are selected to build up wooden assemblies which are evaluated first when they are screwed together and later when they are screwed and glued together. The focus is here on achieving representative finite element models of the junctions between the building parts composing the assemblies.