A Renewed look at open office acoustical design

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ConferenceInter-Noise 2003: 25 August 2003, Seogwipo, Korea
Pages18; # of pages: 8
SubjectOpen-plan offices [cubicles]; Office acoustics
AbstractAlthough open offices with conventional cubicle workstations are very common, it is still difficult to achieve acceptable speech privacy even in situations where the acoustical design is seriously considered. Speech privacy criteria were initially given in terms of the Articulation Index (AI) but should now be converted to be in terms of the newer Speech Intelligibility Index (SII). Other new work gives us a better indication of likely speech levels in open plan office environments. These are essential for accurate estimates of speech privacy criteria. A recently published model of sound propagation between workstations is used to demonstrate the importance of design parameters on the resulting speech privacy and to derive minimum acoustical requirements for open office ceilings.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number46399
NPARC number20386488
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