The correct acoustic conditioning of offices or other workplaces is not only advisable but absolutely necessary. It can be done by installing acoustic panels made with sound-absorbent wood, acoustic ceilings and acoustic islands. Sometimes, it is just sufficient to install a couple of well-placed acoustic pictures properly designed for the needs of the room.
Interestingly, we all easily understand the need for a thermally conditioned an office to achieve and maintain comfort and the ideal working temperature with the lowest possible energy expenditure. Sound insulation is also perfectly understood when an office is exposed to high levels of noise coming from outside the building. Sometimes, however, insufficient value is placed upon the actual importance of proper acoustic conditioning in offices to control reverberation in some rooms. So it is not carried out. And this has consequences.
These are some of the consequences of not carrying out a proper acoustic conditioning in an office:
- Uncontrolled reverberation hampers the intelligibility of messages and conversations which take place in an office, logically resulting in a long series of mistakes, errors and misunderstandings.
- Difficulty in understanding someone who speaks to us makes us raise the volume of our conversation, because, unconsciously, we think that this way it will be easier to understand each other. In fact we only produce more noise and hamper the intelligibility of messages even more.
- This situation increases the levels of stress in the office and is detrimental to efficiency and quality work.
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