Tag: open plan

Design Dive: Open Offices – Part 1

Is the open office a thing of the past? How can verbal communication be the main reason for its existence and simultaneously its biggest acoustic problem? We give you the answers and the solutions in this series on acoustic design of open offices. In this three-part Design Dive series, we, as always, bring you both […]

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Creating workplaces that employees will love – Workplace Trends conference in Copenhagen

Workplace Trends conferences (link) look at the up-coming real trends in working spaces for the next 10-20 years. Since the first conference in 2002 they have been among the first to look at the now trending subjects of wellness, productivity, happiness, psychology, psychoacoustics, biophilia, agile & flexible working, cellular vs open plan, to name but a few. These […]

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The architects’ perspective – Explaining acoustics to clients

We were curious to find out how architects work with their clients on acoustics. What tricks do they have up their sleeve? When is it being discussed? We invited Nick Fordy from Woodhouse Workspace to do a guest post for us to get an architect’s perspective on room acoustics and how he works with his […]

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How open should a learning space be – acoustically? School Case Study 1

Noise is not something we only hear but something we feel, making teachers stressed and disturbing students. However, what feels like unwanted noise for some over distance, may be wanted sounds for another locally. This can create a conflict, so it is important to be able to separate these in order to create a sound environment […]

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Proposal for revised Building Code in Finland – key implications

Acoustic standards, guidelines and building codes have the potential of having a profound impact on future construction, for better or worse, for years to come. That is why we at Acoustic Bulletin keep a keen eye on the developments. We’ve written about this topic on several occasions, like this post from Poland, or this one about […]

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Sensing the space – New podcast episode

In this special edition of the A Sound Effect on People podcast, we join Lauren Kruger and Dr Annemarie Lombard in South Africa and delve into the effect of our senses and so-called sensory intelligence in our daily life. Click and listen   This episode gives an insight into how the sensory stimuli affect the way we act within our […]

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Activity-based design and acoustics at the workplace designers’ office

Practising what they preach When you walk into Oktra’s new head office, you know immediately something is different. The design team here have struck a unique balance of buzz and serenity and created an inspiring workplace experience. If Oktra couldn’t get it right, who could? They are, after all, workplace designers creating effective spaces for […]

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An Indian architect’s perspective on indoor acoustics

Our Indian office acoustics specialist, Manit Ramaiya has interviewed experienced architect Zainab Mukadam Baig from leading architectural and interior design firm Concept Architectural Services. Not too unexpected, she explains that there are quite some cultural differences when comparing Indian offices with western counterparts, but did you also know that Indian architects face challenges like lack […]

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Sound matters at work – New podcast episode

Good acoustics matters at work A good acoustic environment helps us concentrate, reduces stress and improves wellbeing, which in turn has a positive impact on the bottom line. In the latest episode of Ecophon UK and Ireland’s Podcast “A Sound Effect on People”, presenter Salma Cranefield is joined by Ecophon UK&I concept developer Paige Hodsman […]

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The (VERY) high cost of noise

FIGURES FROM FRANCE TO MAKE YOU DIZZY A study published last June by the French Agency Against Noise (Conseil National du Bruit) and the French Environment Agency (ADEME) tried, for the first time, to estimate the total cost of noise pollution in France. The result? 57.2 billion euros in social costs.   And this figure […]

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