Original air date November 10, 2021

How to design for office sound masking

Learn how to understand office acoustics and improve speech privacy


Sound masking has never been more important in the office.

Office workers over the past year and a half have adapted to work in their home offices where they can function without the distractions and privacy concerns of shared office space. As these workers continue to be brought back into the office, employers need to be mindful of this new level of expected privacy and freedom from distractions. If they don’t address these employee concerns, some workers will resist coming back to the office, or maybe even leave for another company that understands this.

In this webcast, we will discuss the challenges and solutions of architectural acoustics and identify how these acoustic principals affect speech privacy, noise distractions and workplace comfort. We will define the term “speech privacy” and focus on the impact’s employees and employers experience. This webcast explores the impacts common construction techniques, interior furnishings and COVID-19-related changes pose on the levels of speech privacy one can obtain, keeping in mind modern interior design may conflict with client’s speech privacy goals.

Attendees will learn how sound masking contributes to increased speech privacy levels as well as the different general approaches sound masking systems use in terms of deployment, performance tradeoffs and design parameters.

Employers need to understand how sound masking can mitigate the staff comfort issues that are likely to arise in the “new normal” office acoustics. Acoustical consultants need to understand how to effectively communicate to contractors and facility managers the reasons for installing sound masking in today’s professional environments.

Learning objectives:

  • Better understand the need for speech privacy in modern commercial spaces in the post-COVID-19 “new normal.”
  • Identify the As, Bs and Cs of architectural acoustics and their impact on speech privacy, noise distractions and office comfort.
  • Understand three unique approaches to sound masking systems and the impact architecture has on the proper choice.

Presented By:
Nathan Van Ness, Global Product Marketing Manager, Biamp Systems

Moderated By:
Amara Rozgus, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology

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