Depending on the type of structure, the potential complications from poor acoustical design can vary greatly. Let’s take a look at the range of possible negative consequences that noise can produce in different built environments.
Open design concepts in the workplace are on the rise for quite some time, in part because they promote greater cooperation and collaboration among colleagues, decrease response times to requests, and enhance necessary communication. However, these types of environments may lead to louder working environments and frequent distractions, as there are fewer surfaces to absorb the noise from coworker conversations, mechanical systems, and other background sounds. Similar design trends are occurring in educational buildings.
The shift to open-concept spaces that allow for more natural light and warmth by incorporating glass walls, high ceilings and low partitions, can also contribute to increased distraction and lower productivity. Privacy can be non-existent in these designs, though in fairness, traditional floor plans with closed-door offices and classrooms often don’t include an adequate acoustical design and therefore provide a false sense of privacy. Specific short-term health problems related to poor acoustics include increased stress, anxiety, and higher heart and respiration rates, and muscle tension.
The bottom line is that now, more than ever, creating an optimal acoustics experience in any kind of building is as important as the look, feel and function of the space to ensure the health and well-being of occupants.
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