Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas
It seems backwards that they would require buildings over 5 stories to have sound proofing since the higher up you are above the street the quieter it should be.
Oddly enough, in reality, it's more the opposite in many cases. Mainly because there's usually not much to block the sound going up. On street level, you have all kinds of buildings and people and structures to baffle the sound, but not going up.
I remember the first time I noticed this was in San Francisco on business. My hotel room was on the 27th floor, but I could easily hear a lone saxophone player on the street below. Whereas if I were just a block away on the street I probably wouldn't have noticed it as much.
The noise outside (mainly bands at Easy Tiger, for us) doesn't bother me much usually. However, if we're at home trying to watch a movie or something it can be annoying, especially if the band is loud. It used to be worse, but our building (and the Hilton next door) convinced Easy Tiger to greatly reduce their bands' volume level, so now I hardly notice it. Working together