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Biophilic Design – The New Way To Reduce Office Noise?

By |2019-01-22T10:53:07+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Health & Safety, Psychoacoustics, Office Acoustics|

Connecting with nature brings a range of physiological benefits for humans. It is no wonder then that the latest architectural trend aims to bring the outdoors inside. Introduction What is Biophilic Design? The Benefits of Biophilic Design Biophilia & Acoustics How plants reduce noise Using biophilia for good acoustics In 1877, naturalist and author John Muir, writing about his adventures to the rugged and largely unchartered planes of Alaska reflected that “In every walk with nature, one received far more than one [...]

12 Ways Noise Affects Worker Well-being And Productivity.

By |2019-01-21T15:58:45+00:00January 18th, 2016|Productivity, Office Acoustics|

Noise in the workplace annoys us - a lot. Surveys show that we care more about interior acoustics than we do about how clean our workplaces are, what we sit on and the temperature of our offices. This sucks because the world is getting louder. Much louder. And our workplaces are not immune. But the volume isn't being cranked up on its own. A lot of the blame for clamorous offices can be levelled at the trend of open plan offices. Sound affects us psychologically, cognitively and behaviourally, even [...]

Reduce Office Noise In 6 Simple Steps

By |2017-09-06T10:48:08+00:00January 9th, 2015|Acoustics, Sound Absorption, Office Acoustics|

It may be the leader in a social revolution, and wield immense power, yet Google has earned the wrath of one US journalist over its choice of office design. According to Lindsay Kaufman, Google is just one in a long list of globally resognised organisations that are ditching partitioned partitioned offices for open-plan designs, which she states are "beautifully airy, and yet remarkably oppressive", jeopardising privacy, particularly conversations. Even Toronto's new mayor John Tory has taken issue with the noise environment in his [...]

Just How Effective Are Sound Absorbing Panels?

By |2017-08-11T10:38:33+00:00November 6th, 2014|Sound Absorption, Office Acoustics|

The effectiveness of acoustic panels is something often questioned by our clients. While soundproofing a room is simple enough to test - just stand outside the treated room and listen for any noise escaping - reducing, rather than eradicating noise, isn't so easily measured. You can do the simple 'slap echo' test, but this is hardly the type of test you want to use to demonstrate your work. Every once in a while, our clients will want us to show them just how effective [...]

More Noise Must Be Made To Prevent Industrial Deafness Claims

By |2017-08-15T14:37:11+00:00October 10th, 2014|Acoustics, Sound Absorption, Sound Masking, Industrial Acoustics, Health & Safety, Office Acoustics|

The last decade has seen a dramatic shift in the landscape of workplace health and safety claims. A clampdown by the insurance industry on whiplash injuries – once the bane of insurers – has been replaced with a new cash cow for litigation lawyers: industrial deafness. The Association of British Insurers recently announced its plans to mount a lobbying campaign targeting the phenomenon; but while it scrambles to stem the ever increasing tide of claims, what can businesses do to prevent industrial deafness [...]

Sound Absorption & Sound Masking – How do They Compare?

By |2018-03-27T10:47:15+00:00August 5th, 2014|Acoustic Panels, Sound Absorption, Sound Masking, Office Acoustics, Restaurant Acoustics|

You may have heard of sound masking and evepan looked into it as a possible solution for your room acoustic issues. There's no denying that it is an practical fix in some cases and it certainly has its advantages. But how does it compete with sound absorption - which is often perceived as the most effective way of creating a comfortable acoustic environment? Here is our take on working with two very different solutions. What is sound absorption? Sound absorption refers to the method of controlling [...]

The Use of Acoustic Panels as Notice Boards – Ecophon’s Safety Assurance

By |2017-08-11T11:13:18+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Office Acoustics, School Acoustics|

Notice Boards are often at the heart of offices, schools and other working environments creating hubs for notices, work and other important documents. Whilst acoustic panels are, practically speaking, ideal for use as notice boards little has been researched into the safety of using sound absorbers as display panels. When pins are used on acoustic panels, a tiny amount of glass wool can potentially be omitted into the surrounding atmosphere – too much of this could be dangerous to room users. Particular concern [...]

Case Study: Crown Packaging

By |2017-08-11T11:14:43+00:00March 24th, 2014|Acoustic Panels, Acoustic Ceilings, Office Acoustics|

The Problem Resonics recently completed a project for Crown Packaging in Oxfordshire where the brief was to improve the acoustics in a large and noisy open plan office. An acoustic survey undertaken by one of Resonics’ acoustic consultants found the reverberation time to be 1.81s in the space, resulting in a harsh acoustic environment and creating problems of poor speech intelligibility and concentration. An extremely common problem in open plan work environments, lots of people talking, using phones, walking and using photocopiers make [...]

Taming Acoustics In Glass Offices

By |2017-08-11T11:14:54+00:00March 4th, 2014|Office Acoustics|

Rooms that are surrounded by glass walls and windows needn’t have issues with echo and reverberation. Whilst it’s true that the majority of acoustic panels and acoustic products are attached to walls and ceilings, there are a few solutions on the market that can be attached to or are ideal for covering glass surfaces whilst also offering fantastic sound absorbency. On any project that requires an acoustic solution in a largely glass surrounded space, we are likely to recommend one of the following [...]