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32 Successful soundproofing


Designing the ideal workplace acoustics is a complex challenge, but getting the right balance of aesthetics and effective soundproofing is crucial for business success, as Hush Acoustics’ Robert Crampton explains


As noise levels increase, so do levels of discontent, distraction and stress


oundproofing is often overlooked when it comes to designing the workplace. Poor acoustics leads to increased noise levels and distractions, resulting in an unhappy, stressed workforce. Aesthetics and functionality are the primary focus when designing office space, particularly in modern city offices where minimalist interiors and exposed brickwork are the norm. This style looks great and brings a certain level of chic and prestige to a brand, but when employees move in and team numbers grow, so too do the noise levels. As noise levels increase, so do levels of discontent, distraction, unrest and stress.


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Design just for the eyes?


The Center for the Built Environment at the University of Berkeley in California conducted a survey of people who work in an office environment, and found that around 50 per cent of workers in open plan office environments think acoustics inter- fere with their productivity levels and their ability to get their work done. The major problems proved to be ambient noise from co-workers talking on telephones, people overhearing private conversations, and the muffled sound of people talking in surrounding offices. How


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