The Healthcare Acoustics Project (HAP) is an independent, all-volunteer community of professionals that develops national and international codes and standards for the $2.8 trillion health care industry. HAP was formed in 2005 by David M. Sykes, William J. Cavanaugh, and Gregory C. Tocci to develop the USA’s first comprehensive, evidence-based criteria for acoustics (sound, vibration, privacy and noise control) in health care facilities. Its first comprehensive draft guidelines were published for peer-review by FGI in June 2006, and formally published in January 2010.
HAP members are thought leaders drawn from six fields: medicine, public health, acoustical science and engineering, architecture and design, and healthcare facilities management. HAP has been honored to receive research grants, publishing contracts, and other forms of support from several foundations, science publisher Springer-Verlag, and other sponsors who value it as an independent, objective authority.
HAP is a program of the non-profit organization, Quiet Communities, Inc.
The work of FGI and HAP is continuous and dynamic, modeled on a Continuous Improvement Process. The process is punctuated every four years by the publication of updated FGI Guidelines. The Guidelines are distributed to regulatory agencies across the USA (44 states adopt the Guidelines as state building codes; the remaining states use the Guidelines to draft their own codes and standards), as well as to practitioners and regulators in 87 countries, and to other national and international standard-setting groups like the U.S. Green Building Council’s “LEED for Healthcare,” the International Code Council, ASHRAE and others. The most recent edition of the FGI Guidelines was published in early 2018 and consists of ~900 pages, divided into three volumes: one volume each for hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential care. The next edition of all three volumes of the FGI Guidelines will be published in 2022.
HAP consists of three separate committees:
- The Executive Committee (known as the Acoustics Proposal Review Committee: is a 15-member trans-disciplinary group whose members are nominated by the HAP’s leadership and appointed by FGI’s board for 4-year terms. A list of the current members of the Executive Committee may be obtained from the chairman of HAP, or from FGI;
- HAP’s core group, a ~400 member “open community” that meets virtually to advise and act as a sounding-board for the Executive Committee;
- An independent ~1000-member online forum hosted and managed by a vice-chair of the HAP. This forum fields inquiries about healthcare acoustics from the USA and around the world and poses questions and research topics for consideration by HAP and its Executive Committee.