The Possibilities of Acoustics
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In this episode, presented by 3form,ThinkLab digs into interviews Zackery Belanger, an expert in acoustic architecture and founder of Arcgeometer, to demystify how acoustics work in the built environment with an engaging discussion on how acoustics work in a space, how to measure them, and why there’s a limit to how precise we can get – as well as what’s next for the future of acoustics and the built environment. 


Accredited for: IDCEC, AIA | 0.5 CEU/0.5 LU  


After listening, you will be able to: 


1.            Point out the “blurry” aspects of acoustics, such as the human perception of sound. 

2.            Identify the precise tools and measurements available in acoustics. 

3.            Outline when to bring in an expert and how to incorporate acoustic products. 

4.            Evaluate how you can “design in the right direction” for the times you don’t have access to an expert. 

Tune in as Belanger explains the three main parameters for measuring sound: reverberation, level, and noise reduction coefficient (NRC). But just as importantly, he stresses that designers should consider the array of tools we have available as helpful guides, keeping in mind that there is no precise target to hit for a room to be successful. 

Balenger also describes how auralization simulations work and how they can help designers before a room is even complete, talking listeners through clips of three simulations. And he encourages designers with recommendations on how to navigate the gray areas of acoustics and when to do so in the process. 

Quiz: Want CEU credit for listening? Click here to take the quiz, and earn your certificate of completion.  


How it works:   

Step 1: Listen to the episode.  

Step 2: Sign in at this link to take a short, 5-question quiz.  

* Scoring an 80% or above on the quiz will earn you 0.5 CEU/0.5 LU.  

Step 3: Upon passing the quiz, receive your certificate of completion via email from CEU sponsor 3form. 


Connect with our speakers on LinkedIn: 

Cory Lesueur

Zackery Belanger 


Special thanks to our CEU episode sponsor, 3form, for partnering with us to provide valuable insights on compelling topics for the design industry. 

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