Below, Steve Johnson, a principal at ADI Workplace Acoustics, explains how and why the proper use of sound absorbing materials and sound masking can make all the difference. The comment sections are full of messages from employees in similar space that are screaming, “I don’t like it here,” “I can’t concentrate,” and “It’s too loud.” Many spaces that do not succeed have one common problem: bad acoustics. Many of the spaces that do not succeed have one common problem: bad acoustics. Two key tools are available to help with the acoustical challenges in open work environments: sound absorbing materials and sound masking. Using a high performing acoustical ceiling tile with a Noise Reduction Coefficient rating of 75 or higher will absorb a significant amount of sound in the space. The NRC rating measures the percentage of sound energy that is absorbed by a material and kept from bouncing back into the space.
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