Background sound is an intrinsic part of our daily experiences, yet its fundamental role within the built environment is often overlooked. This omission is most apparent in noise mitigation projects where building professionals exclusively rely on absorptive materials and partition assemblies. This singular focus on objective physical acoustics fails to consider the human (psychological and physiological) component—specifically, that occupants can perceive a space with a higher controlled level and spectrum of background sound as ‘quiet.’
It is intuitive the acoustical environment plays a key role in the wellness, education, and productivity of building occupants. Sound is all around, and the acoustical environment impacts everyone, whether consciously or not.
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Green buildings can often incorporate spaces that may be difficult to ‘tame’ acoustically speaking. Sound masking can play an important role in offering an improved environment for such projects. Find out more in our new e-book.
The key to creating a high-performance open-office plan is to review the pros and cons of the design before committing to it. To check out our suite of sound masking features available for free download.