Open office acoustics and workplace design

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ConferenceCOPE Seminar: 17 October 1997, Ottawa, Ontario
Pages712; # of pages: 6
SubjectOpen-plan offices [cubicles]; Office acoustics
AbstractNoise problems are one of the leading sources of dissatisfaction expressed in post occupancy evaluations. Unwanted noise is annoying and distracting, and can lead to a reduction in overall job satisfaction and task productivity, and further reinforces the private office as a corporate status symbol. The acoustical design of open office space to achieve a productive work environment is a delicate balance between blocking, absorbing and masking unwanted speech sounds and controlling excessive ambient noise. While open office space is the focus of this review, there are other related types of spaces that make up the office environment and that each have their own special acoustical needs. Meeting rooms must have very low ambient noise levels and optimum room acoustics to maximize the efficiency of communication. For closed offices it is necessary to pay attention to the construction details of partitions so that an adequate level of acoustical privacy is obtained.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number41724
NPARC number20331673
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