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Open Plan Office Acoustics and Computer Modeling: Theory versus Practice

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The acoustics of open plan offices and offices in general has long been the subject of numerous studies looking at privacy levels and speech intelligibility. As acoustic consultants, office design is often dealt with on a daily basis, and various guidance’s such as national / international standards, building regulations or general codes of practice are normally used as references when carrying out the design. In more complex designs of offices, especially open plan offices, computer modeling is used more and more as an integral and important tool alongside accumulated experiences from measurements. This paper explores the problems and challenges of using computer modeling in connection with open plan office design.

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