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How to redesign your office soundscape

20th Jul 2021

How to redesign your office soundscape

While sealing the deal for an office location may inspire an ambitious image of the future: a high ceiling to reflect your goals and a wide layout to portray your business perspective. However, once animated, the exact office can end up challenging your team’s performance with a discomforting soundscape which can be efficiently re-optimised towards a focus-friendly and productive work environment.

Space partitioning represents the first urgency within an open layout office as regardless of benefits of peer cooperation, your team will always be more productive if communication is balanced with the sense of privacy transpiring from an individual workstation. Acoustic office screens are praised for not only delivering a visual experience of privacy, but also the appropriate sound absorption to complement your team’s focus and performance. Assessing the office soundscape, the high density of noise emerges from the desktop level which is found at approximately 750mm and 1200mm from the floor. Such parameters could serve as reference both for floor level, as well as for desktop screens which are recommended to be chosen for a minimum be 225mm higher than the noise source. Acoustic panels are rated by their absorption coefficient, a subunitary measure which describes the panel’s capacity in reducing noise. Nevertheless, do no not neglect the difference between sound absorption and sound attenuation. While the former captures and neutralises sounds, the latter puts a barrier to their transmission, while not preventing them to bounce off and, thus, contributing to their redirection towards the source, with a poor overall acoustic performance. A 30mm thickness is scientifically demonstrated as the optimal value to balance sound absorption with an ergonomic experience.

High ceilings are demonstrated to produce echoes, further amplifying and distorting the sound transmission within a room. Available in creative forms which, an effortlessly-maintainable wall isolating panel can combine functionality with style by adding a futuristic touch to the office interior architecture, while absorbing noises throughout the office. An alternative can come from acoustic clouds which, suspended over workstations, absorb noise from an adjusted distance, reducing the sound transmission from an unrivaled proximity to the source. When opting for any of the two designs, recommendations go towards taking in account the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) which measures the panel’s capacity for sound absorption. However, facilities such as event venues or auditoriums are favoured by a high Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC) which describes the panel’s efficiency in blocking the transmission of sound towards other rooms.

Nevertheless, some locations may stand out as deficient in the desired soundproofing performance, which should have been ensured by additional fillings within the construction material. Furthermore, sound isolation works involve significant costs and can appropriate a much of your team’s valuable time, interrupting their work. The ROI for sound isolation is not always guaranteed. A very flexible solution for a problematic building sound isolation can be delivered through acoustic wall panels which can be attached as interior decoration pieces all across your office. Available in various patterns which can even emerge as bas-relief skillfully crafted to minimise sound on various physical levels, such as for example, the desktop area height. Customisation options can harmonise wall panels to your brand’s visual identity, whereas bespoke forms can even recreate your company logo or slogan.

When it comes to upgrading focus within your office, an acoustic privacy booth represents the most performing soundscape adjustment that can be integrated in an open layout work environment. Designed for individual use or generous enough to accommodate group work sessions, privacy pods ensure perfect sound isolation from both inside as well as outside the pod. Easy to install, the permit free privacy pods can be moved anywhere around the office and even to a different location.