A recent study commissioned by the General Services Administration (GSA) looked at the performance of 12 LEED certified buildings.
CoreNet Global’s The Leader, January / February 2009:
“For the lower-performing buildings, the study found that occupant satisfaction is undermined by poor acoustics, lighting and maintenance problems. A low level of ambient noise, a lack of sound masking and a perceived lack of privacy make acoustic quality worse.”
Acoustics is an often missed element in the design of these facilities. More efficient HVAC systems, along with fewer barriers and lower panels, lead to poor speech privacy. The downside of neglecting the acoustics is a lower operational performance for the occupants.
The solutions are proven and easy to implement. We just completed a large underfloor sound masking installation. The results are outstanding.