Cellular office/Reception

Ecophon official reference: reception, education. Project: Lund University, campus Helsingborg, Sweden. Architect: Nils J├Ânsson. Photo: Ole Jais. System: Focus E.

All types of teaching establishment have administrative offices, where staff must be able to remain focused and undisturbed, allowing creative thought processes and confidential conversations. The reception is the heart of the establishment, receiving a number of visitors and performing a wide variety of work.

Acoustics
  • Hard surface materials create problematic sound reflections which impede speech intelligibility.
  • Hard flooring creates noisy footsteps and scraping noises from chairs and tables.
Ecophon's suggestion
  • Reverberation time of 0.5 seconds. To achieve this, a full acoustic ceiling is needed of sound absorption class A (in accordance with EN ISO 11654).
Building codes and standards
  • For office and reception spaces, Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) recommends an unoccupied mid frequency (Tmf) reverberation time of <1.0 seconds be achieved. (N.B. ancillary spaces are recommendations only).
  • Swedish Standard 02 52 68 recommends a reverberation time of 0.6 or 0.8 seconds, depending on the selected quality level. This applies to normally furnished but unoccupied rooms. The above figure is the highest recommended value for the frequency range 250 - 4,000 Hz. At 125 Hz a value 20% higher is permitted.
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Sound in educational premises

Group of pupils, school, group study, education. Photo: Georg van der Weyden.

A good acoustic environment benefits both teaching and learning.

Ecophon references by - Building type

Architect: Farrell and Clark. Photo: Faraday Fotographic

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