What’s That Sound? Building Noises and How to Stop Them

Sylvan Cambier, Associate III
Jarkko T. Simonen, Senior Associate

Buildings make noises. Some are merely annoying. Some are disturbing. It can be difficult to identify the source of disturbing noises and even more difficult to fix them. What do these noises sound like and what causes them? Can we anticipate when and where they will occur and design ways to avoid them?

In this one-hour webinar, WJE engineer Jarkko Simonen and WJE architect Sylvan Cambier explore the noises buildings make and what causes them. They explain WJE's methodology for finding the sources of noise and for diagnosing the causes. The presentation looks at various cladding, glazing, and structural systems and features project examples of building noise investigations and repairs.

By the end of the presentation, you will be able to:

  • Explain why buildings make noises,
  • Describe the difference between perceptible noises and disturbing noises,
  • Predict what conditions may lead to disturbing noises, and 
  • Identify what tools are available to solve noise problems.


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