The Silent [Productivity] Killer

The demands on corporate workspace have undergone a revolution in the last decade and building and fit-out design has changed to adapt very well on the whole. However, a new  silent killer has emerged and it's killing productivity without anyone knowing it.

Buildings are are being built better and are quieter or to be more specific, ambient or background sound levels in the resulting office space are becoming much lower.

When ambient sound is low, intelligibility of speech is high and conversations are heard more easily. If you mix that with an activity based working (ABW), flexible working culture which encourages collaboration anywhere at anytime, productivity of those in individual focus takes a nose dive as they are constantly interrupted. Higher ambient sound levels reduce the intelligibility of speech and although adjacent workers normally hear local, relevant team-chat, conversations further away are not intelligible and do not distract.

The simple answer to the problem is to introduce ambient sound artificially using sound masking. Using this technology, in particular the latest evolution Sound Conditioning, ambient sound levels automatically adjust to optimise speech privacy by accurately delivering sound to mask specific speech frequencies. This sound self-adjusts depending on the level of activity in the space. To you and I, it's just like the sound of airconditioning!

Sound Conditioning is now the norm for innovative workspace in Australia. Buildings such as the Barangaroo International Towers, Suncorp's new Shelley Street premises, CBA's Darling Square, Westpac's 275 Kent Street and the latest CLT Accenture building on Hickson Road in Sydney have all embraced this new technology.

Have a look at 45dB Systems new video (below) which explains some of the discomfort quiet workspace creates and how this can be resolved and contact us for more information here.

Sound conditioning saves time and money for ANU

ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute

Using sound conditioning not only manages speech privacy which decreases distraction between workers in open-plan it also allows acoustic consultants to re-imagine standard fit-out methods for cellular space.

If there is no control over ambient sound in given workspace, modelling and educated guesswork have to be relied upon to determine what level of ambient sound will be provided by external sources (traffic etc) and construction sources (plant, air conditioning etc). In light of the unpredicability of these elements, in order to guarantee a partition wall will provide adequate privacy it must be built to 'catch all' of those possibilities and must be built slab to slab to a high standard.

Our sound conditioning systems 'lock-in' ambient sound to any spectrum (to mask speech frequencies) and to a decibel level required by the Australian Standard AS2107.

By doing this, progressive acoustic consultants WSP, were able to specify the partioning on this project for ANU from the floor to the suspended ceiling only negating the need to build above the suspended ceiling into the plenum. This was not only a significant saving on the build cost but also a made for a much quicker fit-out.

45dB Systems can solve your acoustic issues and save you money too.

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