The Role of Acoustic Reviews in Influencing Restaurant Acoustics

Invited paper

Stuart Camp

Marshall Day Acoustics Ltd

Monday 1 june, 2015, 18:20 - 18:40

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Noisy cafes and restaurants are gaining considerable notoriety throughout New Zealand, and, it seems, the world. Despite some examples of great venues using sound absorptive treatment to reduce reverberation times, and suppressing the cafe effect, architects and interior designers continue to ignore basic acoustic advice, and build noisy, quasi-industrial shells. Thankfully, public awareness of the ability to effect change is now growing, with increasing press coverage of the issue. This paper looks at a subjective rating system for the end user which has now been in operation in New Zealand for more than 10 years. The Cafe & Restaurant Acoustic Index (CRAI) allows members of the public to complete a simple rating for any dining venue that they visit. On-line rating and smartphone apps are available, and the Acoustical Society of New Zealand (ASNZ) publishes ratings in its quarterly journal A number of examples of treated and untreated venues are given, along with snapshots of some of the recent press coverage on the issue. We also explore whether the system is producing any benefits for the community, and what else can be done acoustically to improve our dining experience?

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