Codes + Standards
This session will focus on acoustics in office environments, from achieving speech privacy in open and closed offices, as well as high speech intelligibility in meeting spaces and conference rooms. The emphasis will be on discussing practical design options, and illustrating them with listening examples. For open plan offices, we will discuss how privacy can be achieved with a combination of sound absorptive treatments, background noise levels and workstation configurations; for closed offices we will discuss how different wall constructions, doors and other construction details can limit privacy and how these weak sound transmission paths can be improved. For closed meeting and conference rooms we will discuss how sound isolation, room finishes and low background noise levels contribute to achieving excellent speech intelligibility for both in-person and online communication.