Tag Archives: Retrofit

Retrofitting Sound Masking: The ABC Rule

Given most employees spend the majority of their time on individual tasks, phone calls, and conversations in their workspace, the workplace should provide them with speech privacy, comfort, and freedom from distracting noises. When planned during the design phase, creating such an environment is as simple as ‘ABC’—absorb, block, and cover.

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Retrofitting Sound Masking: Improving speech privacy and noise control in occupied spaces

Photo © Zahid Ghafoor

In newer commercial buildings, employees may express dissatisfaction with being able to hear people talking, as well as concern over their own level of speech privacy. Additionally, they may be frequently disrupted by noises such as ringing telephones, mechanical equipment, exterior traffic, and footfall. If the organization had considered acoustics from the start, they would have had the opportunity to apply various strategies. However, at this stage, they typically need to adopt solutions offering the greatest opportunity for improvement while creating the least upheaval in an already-occupied environment. One such solution is a sound masking system.

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Energy-efficient Building with EIFS: Retrofitting at Silver Creek Resort

Silver Creek in Snowshoe, West Virginia, used an EIFS system which included a fluid-applied waterproofing air barrier to restore the high-rise resort.
[CREDIT] Photos courtesy Sto Corp.

Far away from any major city, the nine-story, 239-unit, high-rise Silver Creek Resort in Snowshoe, West Virginia, has undergone a complete claddings renovation. The resort’s exterior was a panelized exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) that had been experiencing water leaks since its 1985 installation. Incorrect installation and maintenance was the cause of the leaks, according to Sam Collins, general manager.

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