Architectural Acoustics Handbook

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Edited By Ning Xiang, Ph.D.
Hardcover, 7 x 10, 542 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-004-4
April 2017

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A Title in J. Ross Publishing’s Acoustics: Information and Communication Series

This full-color book contains the state-of-the-art knowledge and latest trends and developments in architectural acoustics research. This reference will play a fundamental role in the sustainable progress of architectural acoustics research and practical applications. World-renowned experts in the field from both the research and consulting communities contributed to the 15 chapters covering a wide range of sub-fields including computational modeling, noise, vibration controls, and environmental acoustics in the built environment and around buildings. With information not found anywhere else, this handbook is geared for architectural acoustics research, education in academia, and practical applications among acoustics consultants and industry engineers. It is divided into two Parts: Architectural Acoustics Essentials and Architectural Acoustics Practice.

Key Features

  • Provides a state-of-the art tool for undergraduate and graduate students studying architectural acoustics, professors, research scientists who teach architectural acoustics and conduct relevant research in education/research institutions, acoustic consultants, engineers, and recording professionals
  • Offers clearly written contributions from recognized, world-renowned scientists, professors, and practitioners
  • Presents material uniquely dedicated to architectural acoustics consulting practice, research, and education

About the author(s)

Dr. Ning Xiang earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) in Bochum, Germany. Dr. Xiang was then employed as a project manager and R&D engineer for Head Acoustics, Inc. in Germany and subsequently joined the Fraunhofer-Institute for Building Physics, Stuttgart, as a Research Scientist. From 1998 until 2003, he was a Research Scientist at the National Center for Physical Acoustics and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Mississippi. Currently, Dr. Xiang is Full Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Architectural Acoustics, School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has published three books and more than 300 publications in proceedings and peer-reviewed journals. In 2014, he received the Wallace Clement Sabine Medal from the ASA. He served as the Chair of the Technical Committee on Signal Processing in Acoustics of the ASA from 2012 to 2015, and he has been serving an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) for over a decade. He is also an Editorial Board member of ASA-Press.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Computational Modeling of Room Acoustics I: Wave-based Modeling

By U. Peter Svensson, Jonathan Botts, and Lauri Savioja

Chapter 2 – Computational Modeling of Room Acoustics II: Geometrical Acoustics

By U. Peter Svensson, Samuel Siltanen, Lauri Savioja, and Ning Xiang

Chapter 3 – Acoustics in Long Rooms

By Jian Kang

Chapter 4 – Acoustics in Coupled Volume Systems

By Ning Xiang

Chapter 5 – Advanced Measurements Techniques/Methods in Architectural Acoustics

By Wolfgang Ahnert and Stefan Feistel

Chapter 6 – Room-Acoustic Energy Decay Analysis

By Ning Xiang

Chapter 7 – Sound Insulation in Buildings

By Carl Hopkins

Chapter 8 – Auditory Perception in Rooms

By Jonas Braasch and Jens Blauert

Chapter 9 – Auralization

By Michael Vorländer

Chapter 10 – Room-related Sound Representation using Loudspeakers

By Jens Blauert and Rudolf Rabenstein

Chapter 11 – Environmental Acoustics

By Jian Kang


Chapter 12 – Sound System Design and Room Acoustics

By Wolfgang Ahnert

Chapter 13 – Noise Control in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems 

By Douglas Sturz

Chapter 14 – Acoustical Design of Worship Spaces

By Ewart Wetherill

Chapter 15 – Performing Arts Spaces


Section I: Music Performance Spaces, Ronald McKay

Section II: Dramatic Arts Spaces, David Conant

Section III: Music Instruction Spaces, K. Anthony Hoover


“Ning Xiang has brought together a distinguished group of contributors in this comprehensive book on architectural acoustics… the book rewards the careful reader with a theoretical understanding of the practical applications of architectural acoustics and important perspectives on the practice of getting a good-sounding building built.”

Evelyn Way, Stages Consultants, Chicago, Illinois in J. Audio Eng. Soc., Vol. 67, No. 6, 2019 June