... and minimise NOISE.
Companies strive for openness, interaction and flexibility in the workspace. And then there is the constant pressure to reduce the workspace footprint and rental costs.
But our ears never sleep.
Open plan design and denser workspace ratios often reduce productivity.
BRM Projects investigates 4 ways to improve acoustics in the office space.
Identify the 5 core acoustics zones of the workplace. Each work zone creates a different type of noise, and the acoustics must be handled appropriately.
Zone 1: High level concentration eg: offices, screened workstations and quiet rooms
Zone 2: Private think-tank eg: collaboration, phone-calls, brain-storming sessions
Zone 3: Team work eg: open plan collaboration and communication
Zone 4: Formal communication ie: traditional meeting rooms
Zone 5: Public areas for social exchange and impromptu meetings
2. Selection of Soft Finishes is paramount for noise reduction. Different surfaces and fabrics can offer a sound absorption rating from 20% - 100%. Solutions include wall linings, upholstery, workstation screens, acoustics panel systems and ceiling tiles.
Whilst extremely functional, soft finishes can also add subtle or striking personality to your fitout.
3. Optimise Partition and Screen Heights to help reduce unwanted noise. Most modern acoustic screens
are developed for shared open plan workspaces with noise-deflection and absorption properties. Find the optimum height for the best acoustic performance without compromising visibility, interaction and penetration of natural light.