How does noise affect the occupants of the buildings you design? A growing body of research shows that prolonged exposure to noisy office environments can negatively impact productivity and job satisfaction. Daily exposure to common noise levels in offices—50 to 60 decibels on average—can result in lower productivity and more missed work days. Did you know it can take up to 15 minutes for an office worker to regain concentration after being distracted by noise?
Even scarier, studies have linked high levels of office noise to increased stress, fatigue, accidents and illness. And statistics show that when noise hits 65 decibels, the risk of heart attack increases.
These are impactful figures, and they represent an opportunity for architects and designers to positively influence people’s lives during the design phase of an office project. CertainTeed Ceilings will gather an expert panel of leading architects, physicists and engineers in the field for a discussion on these topics during a free AIA-accredited webinar on Wednesday, June 17, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ET.
During the AIA-accredited course, we will cover the primary acoustic issues in office environments and why acoustics matter, along with strategies for:
- Designing flexible spaces that maximize sound containment and meet the privacy needs of conducting business
- Address acoustics in environments in which sound quality is paramount, such as multi-media training spaces and conference rooms
- Minimize noise intrusion in office spaces near or adjacent to high-noise areas or city traffic
- Achieve acoustical quality, enhance productivity, and maximize the worker experience in open-concept office environments
- Remedy sound problems in retrofit applications
CertainTeed’s Building Knowledge Academy of Continuing Education is the industry’s most extensive and engaging collection of CEU course content. Our courses provide AIA credits and help architects specify smarter. Register today.