An introduction to Noise Rating - NR - curves, developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - NR diagram
The Noise Rating - NR - curves are developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to determine the acceptable indoor environment for hearing preservation, speech communication and annoyance.
In U.S. it is common to use the Noise Criterion - NC.
The noise rating graphs for different sound pressure levels are plotted at acceptable sound pressure levels at different frequencies. Acceptable sound pressure level vary with the room and the use of it. Different curves are obtained for each type of use. Each curve is obtained by a NR number.
Note! Noise Rating - NR - is common used in Europe. The Noise Criterion - NC - is more common in USA.
Recommended Noise Rating - NR - Levels
The Noise Rating level for different uses should not exceed the Noise Ratings indicated in the table below:
|Noise rating curve||Application|
|NR 25||Concert halls, broadcasting and recording studios, churches|
|NR 30||Private dwellings, hospitals, theatres, cinemas, conference rooms|
|NR 35||Libraries, museums, court rooms, schools, hospitals operating theaters and wards, flats, hotels, executive offices|
|NR 40||Halls, corridors, cloakrooms, restaurants, night clubs, offices, shops|
|NR 45||Department stores, supermarkets, canteens, general offices|
|NR 50||Typing pools, offices with business machines|
|NR 60||Light engineering works|
|NR 70||Foundries, heavy engineering works|
Noise Rating Curves
|Maximum Sound Pressure Level (dB)|
- NR -
|Octave band mid-frequency (Hz)|
NR - Noise Rating Diagram
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Example - Estimating NR - Noise Rating
The Noise Rating - NR - of a noise spectrum like
- 31.5 Hz : 40 dB
- 62.5 Hz : 40 dB
- 125 Hz : 50 dB
- 250 Hz : 55 dB
- 500 Hz : 60 dB
- 1000 Hz : 50 dB
- 2000 Hz : 55 dB
- 4000 Hz : 45 dB
- 8000 Hz : 45 dB
can be estimated to
NR = 58 dB
as indicated in the
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