The acoustical environment of a workspace is typically given little or no attention during project planning and design. A new approach in workspace planning takes into consideration psychoacoustics. From the empiric surveying data it is possible to measure the intelligibility of speech and sensory perception.
The research and development path in the study of the materials aims at providing a critical assessment of the performance of existing materials and at combining new materials through their interactions.
Sounds are made of waves that tend to be reflected by rigid surfaces with limited absorbing capacity, such as concrete, marble or glass. In environments designed with these types of materials, it is possible to have unpleasant echoes and reverberations that do not allow easy conversation. Soundproof materials are created in order to improve sound quality in these environments (caimi p.10).
The field of action of acoustic planning and design is to collect data and information regarding the architecture of spaces and their intended use, the identification of the ideal acoustic comfort for the specific intended use, the indication of the quantities and the arrangement of the acoustical material required.
The most suitable products on the market, identified depending on project requirements and price range, are employed to create tailored-made products.
These sound absorbing materials are given shape to make acoustic panels, wall treatments, office partitions or booths.
The intelligence of acoustic solutions stands in their ability to integrate, absorb and insulate different areas: workspaces, conference halls, waiting or recreation rooms.