Presentation Abstract Recent research has found that current work environments are fulfilling the needs for collaboration and communication, but are doing a poor job of providing an acoustical enviroment free from distractions and conducive for productivity and speech privacy.
This presentation will cover:

  • Research on current satisfaction levels in workplace environments
  • Current design trends and associated acoustic issues
  • Fundamental acoustic principles
  • Sound masking technology and what it can and cannot do¬†

Participants will leave with an understanding of how to identify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of acoustic privacy in the workplace
  • Understand what speech privacy is and how it is measured
  • Describe the principles involved in the ABCs of good acoustical design
  • Understand what sound masking is and what role it plays in speech privacy
  • Identify some of the major design issues related to speech privacy in open offices, private offices, and healthcare facilities¬†

Attendees will receive 1 Learning Unit/HSW credit

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