Category: Design Guidance

Design, guidance and induction loops

To create a school environment that works well from an auditory perspective, the acoustics must meet the needs associated with the purpose of the premises. Good acoustics are an investment in teachers’ occupational wellbeing, learning and comfort. “I have teaching spaces that work well for me.“ This is what Heikki Ylhäinen, fifth-grade teacher for a […]

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Italian acoustic standard for schools breaks new ground

The Italian government has distinguished itself by allowing its building policies for school environments to be guided by overwhelming scientific evidence linking classroom acoustics to academic performance. Now the world has a strong example to follow in the shape of the newly published Italian acoustic standard for schools, UNI 11532-2. In 2020, Italy initiated a […]

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I LISTEN project harnesses acoustics for special education needs (SEN)

IO ASCOLTO (I LISTEN) is an innovative research project tested in Turin to improve children’s learning abilities at school and intended to combat specific learning disorders experienced by children with special education needs (SEN) such as dyslexia – the inability to read words and texts quickly and correctly – which, according to AID (Italian Dyslexia […]

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Design dive: Open offices, part 3 – Interior

In this post series, we aim to provide you with all the foundational knowledge you need to create the best possible workspace sound environments. We have already covered the context history, materials, and geometry in the previous parts. This post deals with the interior acoustic design of open offices.  How important is interior design for […]

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Ventilation through acoustic ceilings – What is diffuse ceiling ventilation?

Designing a holistic indoor environment can be challenging. It will often entail several compromises between quality of different aspects of well-being. It is extremely rare that a solution comes along that both enhances indoor comfort, reduces complexity of design while also saving money and lowering emissions. It definitely is extremely rare, but it happens. Diffuse […]

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Nuanced room acoustics: Technical discriptors

Room acoustics is more nuanced than what is specified in most national requirements and regulations. If you, for example, wish to create a good sound environment in an open office environment, it is often better to consider multiple parameters and not merely the absorption area or reverberation time. The four primary technical basic terms that […]

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The basics of room acoustics: Theory & terms

We at Acoustic Bulletin writes for both acousticians and sound enthusiasts of all types and levels of experience. This post is for anyone who is just entering the field of room acoustics. It contains only very simple and basic descriptions of the the main terms, but should provide enough detail to give you a firm […]

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The soundscape design pyramid: A design aspect hierarchy model

There are many factors contributing to the quality of a sound environment. Especially in complex rooms  like open offices, hospitals and learning environments. It is therefore important to have a clear understanding of how the different aspects of a design should be prioritised in relation to each other to ensure a high-quality outcome. Failing to […]

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How to improve acoustic privacy in open offices with screens

When it comes to designing offices with top-of-the-line acoustics, screens are an invaluable tool. If you are new to the basic principles of acoustic design with screens, this post is for you. Below you will learn how to improve acoustic privacy in open offices with screens. Why use acoustic screens? – The paradox of open […]

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Basic principles of acoustic design from ISO 22955

’ISO 22955: Acoustic Quality of Open Offices’ was released earlier this year. It specifics clear guidelines for what constitutes acoustic quality in open offices. The task of designing open offices with satisfactory acoustics conditions can be quite complex. ISO 22955 reduces this complexity in several ways. One of them is by clearly defining the most […]

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