Alberta Building Envelope Council South


ABEC October Luncheon – What Matters for Envelope Acoustics


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Date(s) - 25/10/2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Winston Golf Club


TOPIC:  What Matters for Building Envelope Acoustics?
PRESENTER:   Colin Spohr, EIT. Patching Associates

Reducing noise intrusion is essential in creating spaces people value. This presentation will highlight human perception, their physical behavior and blocking of unwanted sounds related to building envelopes.

We will begin with an overview of acoustics and a review of the current state of regulations related to envelopes and their sound blocking properties. This will be followed by thoughts on envelope design, partition testing and ratings, inspection and best practices along with real world examples of good, bad, and ugly envelopes from an acoustic standpoint.

The presentation will end with an overview of building envelope acoustical requirements from other jurisdictions which hint at what to be prepared for in Calgary.


  • Introduction
  • Basics of Acoustics
  • Regulations Overview
  • Acoustics and the Building Envelope
  • Case Studies
  • Questions


  • on the website by noon Monday (week of the luncheon) – please complete the form including your guest’s names.
  • $40 for members
  • $50 non-members
  • vegetarian meals now available upon request – please specify with your online registration.


No walk-in registrations – prepay ONLY on the website.

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Bio: Colin Spohr, E.I.T. Patching Associates.

Mr. Spohr, EIT, is a Project Manager at Patching Associates Acoustical Engineering Ltd. Colin's expertise spans scopes from early design input to investigations of residential and commercial noise complaints. He also has experience testifying as an expert witness in court. Colin skill set is specialized to architectural acoustics and thrives on developing innovative solutions to unique challenges.

This Month's Bar Sponsor: Patching Associates Acoustical Engineering Ltd.



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