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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines V/COUSTIC INNOVATIVE ACOUSTIC SOLUTIONS

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Open Plan Offices - Volume 1 7 Basic Acoustic Treatment Steps 10

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Over the last 10 years, several studies investigating the effects of acoustics within an office environment have determined that poor acoustic design can considerably impact on productivity. This can have a negative effect on an organisation’s efficiency and, ultimately, on its overall profit margins. “Those of you who have worked in an environment with poor room acoustics, insufficient privacy or excess or lack of background noise will testify to the crucial role acoustics plays” [ref.1]. “Good acoustics are essential to productivity and...

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper OFFICE TYPES The “standard office” no longer exists and therefore each office setting demands its own specific needs and requirements. Office designs can range from big spaces, such as open plan offices and call centres, to smaller spaces, such as meeting rooms and cellular offices. Vicoustic has developed a new line of products that is specially tailored to help modern offices achieve good, internal acoustic conditions that both enhance creativity and productivity in the workplace. This new line is called VicOffice. In this white paper,...

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Volume 1 Open Plan Offices

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper OPEN PLAN OFFICES One of the most challenging spaces to negotiate in an office environment is an ‘open plan’ design. In this type of space, many different types of activities can be carried out at the same time, each with their own sensitive and specific characteristics. This includes: Different teams working; People doing small phone/video conference calls; People having informal conversations; People socialising; People resting; etc. Having such a variety of activities in the same place creates major acoustic challenges in terms of achieving...

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper BASIC ACOUSTIC TREATMENT STEPS Definition of Activity Based Areas > Acoustic Treatment > Sound Masking There are 3 essential steps that one should consider in order to achieve proper acoustic conditions within an open plan office: Step 1: Definition of Activity Based Areas Step 2: Acoustic Treatment Step 3: Sound Masking Definition of Activity Based Areas The first step to achieve proper acoustic conditions within an open plan offices starts by implementing activity based design strategies. Meaning that different activities should be located in...

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper A. Reception B. Meeting Room C. Small meeting room D. Lounge area E. Open office F. Private office G. Multifuncional office H. Kitchen and lounge I. Storage and print J. Restrooms Separating different areas will help enhance an individual’s acoustic comfort. However, this alone is not sufficient to achieve proper acoustic working conditions within the open plan office. For this, the next stage is Step 2.

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Acoustic Treatment In an open plan office with poor acoustic conditions, it is likely that background noise generated by a room full of conversations will quickly build up. In such an environment, people will have to raise their voices above the background noise to communicate, increasing the levels of noise even further and thus compromising speech intelligibility. As one can imagine, such an environment will have poor working conditions, compromising concentration and job satisfaction for everyone. Should a poorly constructed acoustic set-up...

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Best practice guidelines, such as British Council for Offices (BCO), recommend covering all open plan office ceilings with high sound absorbing material (e.g. using sound absorbing elements with absorbing coefficients of 0.8 averaged over the frequency range of 500Hz to 2000Hz). This will help in: © Controlling reverberation in open plan offices and prevent excessive noise build up or echoes and in this way maximise speech intelligibility between team members; © Increasing spatial decay of sound pressure levels, since direct sound will not be...

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper In terms of sound absorbing performance, each VicOffice Cloud has an ‘Equivalent Absorbing Area’ averaged over the frequency range 500Hz to 2000Hz of 1,32 m2. It should be noted that by controlling the strong reflections from the ceiling, spatial sound pressure levels and their decay will also be enhanced, since direct sound will not be strengthened by ceiling reflections (as shown in Figure 1). VicOffice Cloud uses Euro Class B fire rate raw materials. Made from VicPetWool - a material produced through environmentally conscious manufacturing as...

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Open Plan Office Area • VicOffice Cloud • VicOffice Desk • VicOffice Floor Screen

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper If, due to a projects particular constrains or design options, suspended elements are not the best option to treat ceiling reflections, Flat Panel VMT may just be the ideal solution for your office. Flat Panel VMT is a sound absorbing panel with Virtual Material Technology developed exclusively by Vicoustic. It can simulate concrete, marble, wood and other materials, achieving an amazing and realistic look in any setting. Flat Panel VMT is compatible with a T-Bar system or it can simply be glued or...

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Collection Concrete - Pattern 1 Collection Nature - Pattern 3

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Acoustic Treatment Guidelines >> White Paper Dealing with large, reflective, glazed facades Modern offices usually have large areas of reflective, glazed facades. This can compromise the acoustic conditions within office spaces. To control these strong reflections from large glazed areas, Vicoustic has developed VicOffice Wall. VicOffice Wall is a thin, acoustic panel that can be easily mounted and dismounted to any glazed panel, which, importantly, does not compromise any cleaning processes for the glazing. As this is a thin panel, and therefore has low performance on medium frequencies,...

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