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September 7, 2006
Contact: Tom Hardiman
Modular Building Institute
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Modular Building Institute Leads Initiative for Sound Standards in Relocatable Classrooms
MBI Works to Draft Supplement to ANSI S12.60-2002
Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute has worked with the Acoustical Society of America's Accredited Standards Committee on Noise to create a new working group that will draft a standard for improved acoustical environments in relocatable classrooms. The working group will be co-chaired by Tom Hardiman, Executive Director of the Modular Building Institute (MBI) and Dr. Paul Schomer, Standards Director for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). If approved by ASA's Committee on Noise, the working group's drafted standard will supplement the existing classroom acoustics guidelines ANSI S12.60-2002.
The working group held its launch meeting on August 23rd in Los Angeles, California, and participants included relocatable classroom providers, MBI, acoustical experts, as well as representatives from The Coalition for Adequate School Housing, the School Facilities Manufacturers Association, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The group discussed acoustical issues from all aspects of the classroom perspective, including design features, placement of the classroom, the potential cost increase to school districts, existing programs and services available, as well as practical and cost effective options for short-term improvement.
Because the working group allows for inclusion of all concerns on relocatable classroom acoustics, MBI will seek representation from more school districts, teacher and parent organizations, as well as any other interested parties for the working group. According to ASA's Dr. Schomer, the working group is open to as many stakeholders as possible, as long as there is equal balance of interests. The group will meet three to four times annually over the next several years. After a draft standard is completed, it will be submitted to ASA's Accredited Standards Committee on Noise - S12 for approval.
"We're excited to be working together with acoustical experts, school officials and other stakeholders to find ways for improving relocatable classroom environments," said Tom Hardiman, MBI's Executive Director. "With school populations booming and more districts relying on relocatables, it's important that we develop practical and cost effective solutions for producing the best classrooms." Hardiman goes on to explain that MBI estimates approximately 300,000 relocatable classrooms are in use across the United States, housing more than 5,000,000 children annually. "If the working group can draft a standard that is both attainable and practical, it will have a positive impact on countless numbers of children going forward."
Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is an international nonprofit trade association representing commercial modular building manufacturers and distributors with members in over 15 countries including the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Members serve seven primary markets: general office, education, retail, healthcare, government, security, and construction-site. For more information, visit www.modular.org.