Measurements of sound propagation in open offices

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleInternal Report (National Research Council Canada. Institute for Research in Construction); no. IRC-IR-836
Physical description52 p.
Subjectopen office, voice levels; Office acoustics
AbstractThis report presents measurements of sound attenuation between work positions made in nine open offices in the Ottawa/Hull Area on behalf of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Sound attenuation was measured by positioning a sound source in a work station and measuring the sound levels received at adjacent workstations. Privacy was estimated in each case by calculating Speech Intelligibility Indices using a standard voice spectrum and a standard background noise spectrum. The report describes the measurement and calculation procedures and presents summary measurements for all of the nine sites. Later sections of the report present data for each site individually.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC numberNRC-IRC-10488
NPARC number20386451
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Record created2012-07-25
Record modified2017-06-14
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