Category: Office Environments

New Ph.D: Acoustic Design with Regard to Human Perception

Friday the 13th of May Emma Arvidsson (EA) did her Ph.D. dissertation at Lund’s University (Sweden) under the title ‘Acoustic Design with Regard to Human Perception’. Ordinary Public Rooms From many years of research, we know that ordinary public rooms (classrooms and offices) where complex tasks such as learning or following long chains of thought […]

Read more

Acoustics miscellaneous 233 Educational Environments 189 Office Environments 128 Psychoacoustics 39 Research 172 Uncategorized 62

Acoustic privacy and screens – What are the technical details?

How do you improve acoustic privacy in open offices? This might be the most important question for anyone designing or managing open office spaces as speech noise is the primary contributor to distractions for office workers [1]. The answer is that the right acoustic features must be in place, from the very base build of […]

Read more

Office Environments 128

Thermally Activated Building Systems (TABS) and acoustics

Sustainable building practices are here to stay and the number of building projects involving Thermally Activated Building Systems (TABS) is growing rapidly. However, from an office worker’s perspective, exposed concrete walls and ceilings create acoustic environments where it’s virtually impossible to communicate and concentrate. This detailed TABS Knowledge Guide explains how acoustic ceiling coverage impacts cooling […]

Read more

Acoustics miscellaneous 233 Educational Environments 189 Healthcare Environments 146 Office Environments 128 Uncategorized 62

Keeping noise levels stable, while the hustle increase excessively

If we improve an acoustic environment, usually we reduce noise level and reverberation time. When an unexpected situation occurs, reductions are not reached, but… Consider activities before making your conclusion! This study was conducted in 2021 in the Customer Service Centre of ČEZ in Děčín. ČEZ Group is the biggest energy company in the Czech […]

Read more

Office Environments 128 Uncategorized 62

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 […]

Read more

Design Guidance 11 Office Environments 128

Psychoacoustics: Humans and sound environments

From thunderclaps to crying children: sound waves have a large variety of physical, physiological, and psychological effects on people. These effects, rather than the actual sound wave, affect acoustic comfort. In room-acoustic design, it is often not enough to measure how to achieve the best possible technical parameters. In addition to this, one should always […]

Read more

Office Environments 128 Psychoacoustics 39

5 quality studies on the effects of noise on office workers

Being an editor on Acoustic Bulletin brings with it a fair bit of research. We often try to be a more accessible source of information on acoustics, but we also know that many of our readers are academics. In this post we test a new format where we recommend high quality studies to our readers. […]

Read more

Office Environments 128 Psychoacoustics 39

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 […]

Read more

Design Guidance 11 Office Environments 128

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 […]

Read more

Acoustic Standards 86 Design Guidance 11 Office Environments 128

Design dive: Open offices, part 2 – Geometry

Designing good office acoustics is notoriously hard. We give you the exact guidance you need for this task in this blog post series. What are the primary factors for acoustic design you should consider when working with open offices? How should you approach the task of designing or improving the sound environment in an open-plan […]

Read more

Acoustic Standards 86 Design Guidance 11 Office Environments 128