Webinar “The acoustics of buildings”


The building envelope is, today more than ever, having to respond to multiple needs that go far beyond simple protection from atmospheric agents. Energy saving, acoustic insulation and containment of urban heat island phenomena are among the main elements to be taken into account in order to obtain performances that comply with current regulations (not least the more stringent limits set by CAM for public buildings) and suitable for the most modern integrated design criteria. On the acoustic level, the heterogeneity of the different components of the building envelope makes the task even more difficult since the weaker elements and the connections between different elements can strongly affect the final result. It is therefore necessary, on the one hand, to characterize and certify the acoustic behavior of all the elements involved, in order to have reliable starting data and, on the other, to first apply the forecast calculation methods in the most correct way and, then, take care of every detail in the construction phase. In this context, the checks in place represent the culmination of this process, through which to provide an indispensable tool to ensure both compliance with the regulations and, through an appropriate critical analysis of the results (and the comparison with the results of the forecast checks) , constant learning and improvement of practices. The seminar, through a series of invited lectures that will alternate experts and technicians of the sector, aims to take stock of the situation on the component certification procedures and on good practices with which to obtain the expected results in operation.

The seminar "The acoustics of the building envelope: from component certification to on-site verification" organized by the Italian Acoustics Association in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Bari and the Order of Architects of the Province of Bari, will be held on November 19 2020 from 9.00 to 13.30 in webinar mode.

Following in the afternoon, from 14.00 to 19.00, there will be the refresher course for Competent Acoustics Technicians "The lateral noise transmissions in building. Calculation models and measurements in the laboratory" in FAD mode.

Seminar "The acoustics of the building envelope: from component certification to on-site verification"

9.00 - 9.15 Institutional greetings

                  F. Cupertino - Magnificent Rector of the Polytechnic of Bari

                  N. Bonerba - ANCE Puglia

                  Delegates of professional orders

9.15 - 9.30 Building envelope and acoustics: problems and opportunities

                 F. Martellotta - Polytechnic of Bari



9.30 - 10.00 Towards a new acoustic classification and the implications for CAM and BIM

                       A. Di Bella - University of Padua

10.00 - 10.30 Selection and installation criteria of facade components for the purposes of sound insulation according to UNI 11296

                    S. Secchi - University of Florence

10.30 - 11.00 The revision of UNI TR 11175 the implications on the acoustic insulation of the facade

                        L. Barbaresi - University of Bologna                                                 

11.00 - 11.15   Discussion



 11.15 - 11.30 Product certification: regulations and practical aspects

                        L. Luccarelli - IRCOS

11.30 - 12.00 Certification as a driver for product innovation

                        L.Pinto - Edilcass

                        L.Papili - DFV

                        L.Lafronza - Master srl

12.00 - 12.15 Joining different elements: acoustics and attention to construction detail

                        A. Stragapede - Center for Building Physics

12.15 - 12.30 Forecast checks and on-site checks: parallel worlds?

                        F. Continisio - Center for Building Physics

12.30 - 13.15 The role of public institutions in applying the rules on passive acoustic requirements

                        G. Licitra - ARPA Toscana

                        J. Fogola - ARPA Piedmont

                        D. Nisi - ANCI

 13.15 - 13.30 Conclusions and final greetings


14.00 - 19.00 Refresher course for Competent Acoustics Technicians

                          "Lateral noise transmission in buildings. Calculation models and laboratory measurements"

                        L. Barbaresi - University of Bologna

                        - Introduction

                        - Regulatory framework

                        - Vibration reduction index

                             Forecasting models

                             Laboratory measurements (EN ISO 10848)

                         - Forecast calculations (UNI EN ISO 12354)

                         - Case studies

                             Type A building (heavy buildings)

                             Type B building (lightweight buildings)

                         - Exercises

Organizing Committee

M. D'Alba, A. Di Bella, F. Martellotta, M.Romano

Scientific Committee

L. Barbaresi, A. Di Bella, F. Martellotta, S. Secchi

Seminar (morning): Professional training credits

4 CFPs for Architects, 4 CFPs for Engineers and 2 CFPs for Surveyors were recognized.


TCA Course (afternoon): Course validated with Executive Deed n. 146 of 20/04/2020 for the release of the TCA professional refresher hours. The number of participants is limited to 50 people.

Webinar Secretariat

Simona Senesi - AIA Secretariat, tel. +39 0532 735618


Course Secretariat

Maria Romano - DICAR Polytechnic of Bari, tel. +39 0532 735618




Registration fees

- Free for AIA Members, Institutional Supporters and Affiliates (AES, AICARR, AIDI, AIDII, IBPSA ITALIA, SIE, SIMLII members)

- Euro 30.00 + VAT 22% (Euro 36.60) for all the others.

N.B. 4 CFPs were recognized for Architects, 4 CFPs for Engineers and 2 CFPs for Surveyors.

The CFP will be recognized only for the presence of the entire planned duration.



Registration fees

- Euro 50.00 (not subject to VAT) for AIA Members. AIA Junior and Senior Members are entitled to a 50% discount on the registration fee.

- Euro 50.00 + VAT 22% (Euro 61.00) for AIA Institutional Supporters and AIA Affiliates (AES, AICARR, AIDI, AIDII, IBPSA ITALIA, SIE, SIMLII members)

- Euro 100.00 + VAT 22% (Euro 122.00) for all the others.

 N.B. Course validated with Management Act n. 146 of 20/04/2020 for the release of TCA professional refresher hours. Since the maximum number of participants in the Refresher Course is limited to 50 people, to allow for the correct fulfillment of the accreditation procedures, registrations will close a few days before the start of the Course.

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