Acoustical Design Guide for Open Offices

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleResearch Report, NRC Institute for Research in Construction; Volume 163
Physical description23 p.
SubjectOpen-plan offices [cubicles]; Office acoustics
AbstractThis design guide was prepared as part of a research project funded by PWGSC to investigate speech privacy in open-plan offices. Two major types of work area in open offices are currently in vogue:· cubicles where individual workstations are delineated by barriers and· the more open ?team-style? where groups of workers have unrestricted visual access among themselves but are shielded from adjacent work areas by barriers.Within the team-style work area, where sound paths are usually quite unobstructed, speech can be very intrusive. Since team-style work areas are usually separated from each other by fairly high barriers, offices incorporating this type of work area have the same problems with intrusive speech between work areas as found in offices having mainly cubicles. Thus, this guide gives, without detailed explanation, sets of recommendations to reduce the intrusiveness of speech in both types of office. (More information is available in the appendix and related reports.) Criteria are first given for reducing speech intrusion between cubicles because the same factors are important when considering sound transmission between team-style work areas. The problems specific to sound transmission within team-style areas are then dealt with.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number16194
NPARC number20377814
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