Acoustic Panels – increase productivity and creativity
Key benefits of acoustic panels
When office acoustics have been taken under control the benefits have been shown to include improved employee concentration, higher productivity, better quality of work more content employees.
The use of acoustic panels isn’t about removing all noise from a space, it’s about managing it! Different space and work styles benefit from different acoustics. For example, collaborative spaces need to be noisy to be effective, but speech needs to be heard from multiple conversations so managing reverberation is important. Alternatively, focussed work, generally needs treatments that remove sound, but again no sound can be counterproductive.
The 3 strategies below can all be supported with a wide range of acoustic material products that we are able to offer. One area we don’t support directly but is a significant strategy is sound masking. Sound masking is an approach where you add sound at the same frequencies made by human voice. Doing so can mask sound that is distracting and unhealthy with sound that we don’t notice as much.
Absorption – sound is absorbed by the material, rather than deflecting off materials. It is possible to both reduce noise and also alter the type of noise. A sophisticated strategy that delivers the benefits of the right level and type of sound that is conducive to collaboration.
Dampening – is a strategy to change the sound as it moves through a space and in the extreme eliminate sound. This can be achieved by creating sealed rooms to eliminate sound or more nuanced by creating barriers throughout the office using mobile workwalls and acoustic screens.
Diffusion – uses shape to deflect sound waves. Every time the sound hits a material it looses some of its energy and hence sound. A holistic approach to sound is required where you consider floors, ceilings, materials in the furniture and walls. Mobile positioning of workwalls and acoustic panels can dynamically help.