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Sound Conditioning and Acoustical Sound Design for Office Working Places

The office sound in open spaces can be consequently designed to obtain confidence and acceptance. The improvement of listening conditions includes the avoidance of interfering speech from adjacent working places, disturbing noise from computers or telephones, sound from air conditioning outlets, or noise from photocopy machines. Sound design is defined as the build up of a pleasant and well accepted soundfield within the office area. The tools implemented are absorption, distance and desk orientation combined with artificial ambient noise for masking purposes. A field of confidence can be found within limits of acceptance. Beyond these limits, disadvantages occur with the consequence of negative judgments and rejections. The limits are sometimes so strong that little adjustments must be made and overcome with other measures. Some open-planned offices need to be continuously monitored, checking the important influencing factors. The goal is privacy for every office working place with different privacy requirements. A scale of privacy exists and must be used properly.

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