Acoustical design of office space
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With the importance of privacy, confidentiality and separation in office spaces (sometimes for reasons of legally based corporate probity requirements) there is an increasing need for office layouts to be better designed. It's also important to ensure that offices have better acoustical isolation to minimise distraction and increase productivity.
We can provide a fully documented assessment of acoustical privacy/speech privacy and confidentiality within an office area based on the physical arrangement of the work place. We can also assist in the design of new work spaces to meet privacy and confidentiality needs.
Acoustical design of office spaces, both open plan and fully partitioned, involves identifying and categorising the various needs for speech privacy and confidentiality within an area. A rating index for source-receiver combinations can then be calculated. The index is based on a range of factors that affect sound transmission such as the noise reduction qualities of the ceiling and ceiling space, distance, office partitions, orientation of the sources-receivers and the location of reflecting surfaces.
The rating index for each source-receiver combination gives a numerical and scientifically-based indication of the level of privacy and confidentiality that can be achieved. In addition, this approach provides a fully documented account of all source-receiver combinations. This will assist where probity requirements exist for separation between work groups.