The Secret to Acoustic Design

The human nervous system needs a break from ambient noise and overwhelming feelings. Yet there is an acoustical solution to these issues—one that will save time, money and building materials.

Situational acoustic design concerns sites at which the loudest noise resounds. Sometimes when people have noise problems, they lack the money or space to install acoustical materials. Yet acoustic solutions do exist that are creative and affordable.

The question of how to make people feel more comfortable as they interact with others inspired the creation of FSorb, a polyester acoustic wall and ceiling panel that supplies an affordable, ecoconscious and durable acoustic solution on the market.

Following the trend that promotes open ceilings with no physical barriers or walls, acoustical treatments must accommodate people living in that space. In a corporate setting, it is par for the course for teams to collaborate on a specific project for an interval of time. These teams work side by side. Their ability to communicate with their own team and not be talked over by the team next to them, is essential. To this end, ceiling materials can be positioned above these noise-filled areas in formations that diffuse and block sound emanating from the nearby team.

This situational acoustic design plan, where the panels are positioned in specified noisy spots, can create an invisible sound barrier between teams. The objective is to absorb the sound at its source.

By positioning acoustic screens between workspaces and common areas, a physical barrier can be used as well. Acoustical screens with negative space patterns included supply ideal absorption from both sides while permitting light to flow through them. They can be positioned on a track system so they can separate areas where occupants can shift the dynamics through the rearrangement of panels.

Special rules apply in classrooms. Classrooms usually have students seated in an even pattern, and the instructor positioned at the front of the room. In this situation, lightly spaced acoustical products at the classroom’s front—with more space between them in the back—will enable pupils to hear teachers and other students with clarity, regardless of where they are seated.

In restaurants, people like a lively space in which they still can conduct private conversations. In this instance, precise placement of sound absorbing tools can absorb and diffuse the sound travelling from table to table, thus ridding of the need to be louder than the surrounding sound.

Acoustics marks a vital component of any given design—as it is indeed a key element of the user’s ultimate comfort and end experience.

 

Source: GBD Magazine