Communicating the Acoustic Performance of Innovative HVAC Solutions

  • Soheila BahramiEmail author
  • Juan Negreira
  • Stefan Olander
  • Anne Landin
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Energy book series (SPE)


Recent years have seen considerable advancements in Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) systems aimed to improved energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in buildings. A significant aspect of DCV systems is their impact on the acoustic comfort in buildings. This study is part of the Urban Tranquility project with a focus on innovative DCV systems. The objective is to add more understanding about communicating the acoustic performance of innovative HVAC solutions during the diffusion phase of the innovation. The research method is a case study on an innovative DCV system that shows how the acoustic performance of the system is communicated with the stakeholders and in what ways the applied methods can be improved. Data collection has been performed through reviewing relevant technical documents and software as well as semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders. The data has been analyzed with reference to three types of knowledge about an innovation. The results indicate that the acoustic performance of this new DCV system has not been effectively communicated due to inconsistent methods of expressing the information. This has revealed the need for developing a systematic method of communicating the acoustic information on DCV systems with the key stakeholders.


Innovation Knowledge Acoustic information Demand controlled ventilation (DCV) Indoor environmental quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Construction ManagementLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Division of Engineering AcousticsLund UniversityLundSweden

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