COST Action TU0901- Integrating and Harmonizing Sound Insulation Aspects in Sustainable Urban Housing Constructions


The main objective of the Action is to harmonise the descriptors for airborne and impact sound insulation between dwellings and for airborne sound insulation of facades as well as to prepare a European classification scheme with a number of quality classes. In Europe, regulatory requirements concerning acoustic performance of buildings differ widely in performance descriptors and limit values. The diversity (indicators, steps between classes, grade of quietness achieved, etc.) found in the nine existing national schemes and proposals in three more countries is an obstacle for exchange of experience, development and trade. The harmonization of such descriptors and performance levels of sound insulation classes is important to make progress and would be well received by the building industry, governments and research sectors. The Action will stimulate innovation, support sustainability through simplified research and development objectives, reduce trade barriers between Member States and facilitate marketing. Coordination of research activity, knowledge transfer, psychoacoustic evaluation, collection of data of typical and high performance acoustic solutions is necessary to make progress.

Project details

Action member: Patrizio Fausti

Funding source: COST

Start date 03/11/2009 - end date 02/11/2013


  • Aalborg University, Denmark - Chair
  • Technologisches Gewerbemuseum, Austria
  • Belgian Building Research Institute, Belgium
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia
  • University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia
  • Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Republic
  • DELTA, Denmark
  • Insinööritoimisto Akukon Oy Estonian branch, Estonia
  • FIE, Estonia
  • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
  • CSTB, France
  • IBN Building Physics Consultancy, Germany
  • Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Verkis, Iceland
  • University of Padova, Italy
  • University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • University of Malta, Malta
  • Level Acoustics, Netherlands
  • LBP|SIGHT BV, Netherlands
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Faculty of Civil Engineering, North Macedonia
  • Multiconsult, Norway
  • Standards Norway, Norway
  • Building Research Institute,  Poland
  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Acústica, Portugal
  • Technical University of Civil Engineering, Romania
  • School of Electrical Engineering Acoustics Laboratory, Serbia
  • STU Bratislava, Slovakia
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia
  • University of Valladolid - ETS Architecture Applied Physics Dpt., Spain
  • Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja, Spain
  • Simmons akustik & utveckling ab, Sweden
  • WSP Acoustics, Sweden
  • K+I Ltd. Consulting Company for Physics of Buildings, Switzerland
  • EcoAcoustique SA, Switzerland
  • Bahcesehir University, Turkey
  • University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
  • Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany
  • Istituto per le Tecnologie della Costruzione, Italy
  • University of Florence, Italy
  • TNO, Netherlands
  • Institute of public health of Macedonia, North Macedonia
  • ZAG, Slovenia
  • SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Sweden
  • Lund University, Switzerland
  • Empa, Switzerland
  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • RMIT University, Australia
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Acoustics, IRC, National Research Council Canada, Canada