There is a growing body of research that links sound to human health. The role of acoustic design in healthcare facilities is crucial in creating health, comfort and privacy.
This session will review the impact COVID-19 will have on building design and systems as it relates to acoustics, technology, and lighting design. Acoustically, the workplace will require redesigning. The current high-density hoteling of workers will not be accepted in the future due to social distancing. This will impact office acoustics as well as noise levels within restaurants.
Over the last 3 months, the A/E industry has found that most of us can work from a laptop and if we have a high-speed connection, can work from home. We have been remotely doing that at client meetings and job sites for years. It is the actual production work that is more efficient on larger and multiple monitors that will create the challenge.
Participants will describe impact of background noise on speech and privacy
Participants will discuss acoustical importance of absorptive materials
Participants will describe impact of wall and ceiling construction on acoustics
Participants will list requirements for environmental noise, background noise, speech privacy and sound isolation
As more and more commercial interiors, from offices to schools, veer toward open concepts and exposed structures, the spaces become susceptible to noise. And for occupants, excessive noise can lead to increased stress, lower productivity, decreased focus, and poor communication. This session will help architects understand the challenge by exploring how sound is generated, transmitted, and reverberates. Attendees will learn a simpler approach to sabins, how to calculate absorption, and how to apply that knowledge to designing ceiling systems that hit the sweet spot for noise reduction.