For indoor environments where appearance and design are important in addition to a good sound environment, it is important to base your decision on what happens on the premises. What are the needs, requirements and challenges?
- Individual office spaces – both sound absorption and sound insulation.
- Open-plan offices – a challenge from a noise perspective. A total suspended ceiling is basically required. Absorption class A is necessary. Acoustic panels with at least 40 mm thickness are recommended.
- Conference rooms – important that everyone can hear and understand what the speaker is saying. Total suspended ceilings with good absorption, and supplementary acoustic wall panels on one or more walls. Good sound insulation from surrounding areas is important from both an integrity and disturbance perspective.
- Lobby and reception – the outward face of the company. In a reception area, it must be possible to have individual conversations without the sound spreading through the premises and without disruptive noise from surrounding areas. As many acoustic panels in the ceiling and on the walls as possible.
- Corridors – reduce crosstalk between rooms via corridors. Sound-absorbing suspended ceilings a minimum requirement. Sometimes acoustic panels that are retractable and easy to remove are required to permit access to installations above suspended ceilings.
- Restaurants – there is no patented solution, but the sound environment should be neither too noisy nor too quiet. Consultation with restaurateurs to determine what kind of environment is required.