Areas demanding special acoustic attendance

Open plan offices
Hand drawn illustrations. Used in Integration chapter.
  • Good sound absorption in all frequencies for limiting the reflection of the sound
  • Efficient space dividers needed
  • Meeting rooms and rooms for concentration work must be available


When it comes to minimising sound disturbance between people in an open plan office, the layout is very important. Speech is the most disturbing factor because it is very difficult to 'tune out'. However,  in open plan offices individuals must be given as much privacy as possible, for example in cases where they are speaking on the phone or with a visitor.
In order to prevent sound from being reflected and propagated via the ceiling, it is crucial that the acoustic ceiling has excellent sound absorption properties across the whole frequency range.

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