Acoustics are important for more than concert halls and theaters. Loud noise due to poor acoustics can negatively affect your health. When architects design with acoustics in mind, the well-being of occupants increases.
The change to the open office floor plan may have been hailed as a great innovation, but in practice it doesn’t optimize work production. The lack of privacy in an open floor plan increases employee stress. Simultaneous conversations, noise from machines, and people moving around are all distractions that reduce productivity and increase stress levels.
Many private and public schools were built prior to awareness and concerns about acoustics outside of the auditorium – some may argue even modern construction needs a greater emphasis on the issue. It’s been found the acoustics in the classroom, or the lack thereof, can make it more difficult for students to study and concentrate. Kids who sit in the front may hear what’s being said clearly, but the further back students are located the more difficult it becomes. Being in the back of the class makes learning doubly difficult for students with hearing loss or those who speak English as a second language. In addition, noisy classrooms can make learning more difficult for children with special needs, including autism and sensory disorders. Have you ever tried to read a book in a noisy café or public space?
Noisy classrooms are also detrimental to teachers. They may need to raise their voices to be heard, which adds to the noise and stress levels.
Sleep is one of the most important remedies for illness and injury. Patients in hospitals experience sleep disturbances due to conversations in hallways, flashing lights, doctors and nurses making their rounds, etc. Like teachers, nurses can experience increased stress levels from constant noise and experience decreased concentration.
Architects and designers can eliminate or minimize these distractions by planning for acoustic materials to be used in the construction or refurbishing of interiors. New materials and continued technological advances ensure there are efficient choices to meet the demands of each facility.
Companies such as Fellert developed acoustic solutions for walls and ceilings that don’t compromise quality or design. Fellert’s materials can be installed on flat, curved, or vaulted surfaces seamlessly. Midlantic Sales Group is proud to be the Maryland, Virginia and DC manufacturer’s representative for companies over the world engaged in the use of sustainable materials. Contact us online or call 410-224-5665.