Voice and background noise levels measured in open offices

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20378973
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleInternal Report, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada; Volume 837
Physical description20 p.
Subjectopen office, voice levels; Office acoustics; Speech security
AbstractA key variable for predicting speech privacy in open offices is the loudness of speech in such spaces. It is known that the environment influences how loudly we speak. Thus speech levels need to be measured in typical open office situations so they can be used to calculate expected speech privacy more accurately.This report describes measurements of voice levels normally used in face-to-face conversation in open office environments. The measurements were made in nine open offices in the Ottawa/Hull Area on behalf of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number10489
NPARC number20378973
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Record created2012-07-24
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