Controlling Office Noise
When clients call and ask for help relating to controlling noise level exposures in their office environment, they will describe one of two issues. The first will be that of confidentiality, the client is seeking privacy from conversations bleeding from office to office. The second is lowering noise levels in an open office environment with multiple workers sharing common space in a cubicle setting. These represent to distinct office soundproofing projects, we'll address both of them here.
First, the issue of sound bleed. We outline the soundproofing treatment for common wall noise bleed in our Soundproofing Walls section of this website. Click there, and discover the art of anchoring "density + disconnection" to your common wall using NetWell's most frequently shipped product: dB-Bloc. By layering this material to your common wall assembly, up to 90% of the noise bleed through the surface can be collapsed. And if your ceiling is a dropped grid tile system, as we illustrate in our Soundproofing Ceilings section, rest our Ceiling Caps atop your existing ceiling tiles to help put an "acoustic lid" over the top of your room.
As for the open office cubicle work station environment, the "noise" protection from one worker to the next can have an adverse effect on worker productivity. And while there is no way to "cure" the issue of one person's noise impacting their neighbors work station location, there are certainly steps you can take to better "control" the exposure to noise. This would involve slowing the background noise in the room down by placing sound panels in the room. Fabric Panels on perimeter walls or Ceiling Clouds that float across the expanse of a ceiling can both serve to capture the echoes and deliver a more work friendly environment.
The acosutical values our clients will trigger when soundproofing their office space can be dramatic. Up to 90% elimination of noise bleed through common walls, up to 80% collapse in echoes within a common work space, can both contribute to higher worker productivity, lower absenteeism and turnover, and a more cost efficient work environment. For more information on the sound values you are able to trigger for your office soundproofing project, call Netwell's help desk at 1-800-638-9355 or complete a Room Analysis Worksheet.
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In addition to the products listed above, the Product Bin is filled with additional options that may be of interest to you for your office soundproofing project. The Whisperib Wallcovering is a ribbed carpet type material that is popular for lining hallways and perimeter walls in office space where echoes carry. PicturePanels are a populalr upgrade to our standard Fabric Panels, where sound panels can be transformed into large graphics, company logos, murals, images that can all be printed onto the face of your sound panels to help brand your space. PicturePanels are ideal for large front entryways and conference room settings where customers will see them.
Pyramid foam panels are still a popular option for surface mounting inside cubicle spaces to control voices within each desk location, but this sound panel option has been trumped recently with the introduction of our FabricTack Panels. These are bulletin board style sound panels that can be custom cut to serve as insets into a cubicle setting. Feed us the dimensions of the work station walls, and we'll cut a set of these tackable sound panels to set into each desk space work environment.
For more information on your office soundproofing project, call our help desk at 1-800-638-9355.