In a world that’s growing ever more cacophonous, noise is undoubtedly the most severe stress factor that we’re exposed to. Psychoacoustics and room-acoustics engineers agree: noise has a major impact on our sense of well-being and our performance levels, both at home and at work. Conversations, phone calls and devices stress us out more than we might think, and rooms where sounds reverberate only intensify the negative effects of these factors. The construction materials used in a given building can either amplify or attenuate the noise that the structure’s users are exposed to.
The prevalence in today’s workplaces of open plan offices requires well planned acoustic space optimization in all types of buildings and spaces, whether they be offices, hotels or stores. Carpeted quiet areas and conference rooms relieve stress on our hearing.