The "Open-Plan Office"
(open-offices) has become the ubiquitous white-collar work
environment. Archirecural acoustics design of that space requires a
balance of work station spacing, sound absorption, screening and
masking sound to provide a useful degree of acoustic privacy. Acoustic
privacy is primarily determined by speech privacy.
Open-Plan Office design is outlined in ASTM E1374, "Open Office
Acoustics". Speech sound attenuation between work stations is evaluated
by ASTM 1111. This test utilizes our test loudspeaker (noise
generator and driver amplifier) that
atisfyies the requirements of ASTM E1179. ASTM E1111 evaluates acoustical ceiling tile,
absorptive office divideres (formerly test E1375) and wall coverings
Speech privacy is improved with masking sound. The composite result of
furniture and ceiling intgrated with masking sound is evaluated by ASTM
E1130 "Standard Test Method for Objective measurement of Speech Privacy
in Open Offices Using Articulation Index", also utilizing our test
loudspeaker. E1130 is also a benchmark method for measureing the
Articulaton Index (AI).
A special method is also available for evaluating speech transmission
through walls and partitions, computed from partition sound
transmission data combined with ANSI S3.5 frequency weighting factors
as the "Articulation Class" (AC), ASTM 1110.
We provide a test loudspeaker and a noise generator-amplifier to
perform tests according to ASTM E 1111 (and former E1375 & E1376)
and E1130. The Random Noise Generator and speaker amplifier-driver is
also available separatly (noise
generator and driver amplifier).
If you have acoustical or noise control design problems you would like
to discuss, feel free to call or FAX us any time.
3201 Ridgewood Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43026
For more information,
Campanella, P.E., Ph.D., FASA (Principal)
Last updated 26-Nov-2005.
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