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Draft ISO 22955 Acoustic quality of open plan offices

At Forum Acusticum 2020, Jack Harvie-Clark presented the draft ISO 22955: Acoustic quality of open office spaces. While we anticipate full publication in 20201, Jack’s presentation gives us a preview of what to expect in the final standard. Jack has been an ISO committee member since the beginning, representing the British Standards Institute along with Andy Parkin of Cundall.

The starting point for the ISO 22955 was the French Standard NF S31-199. The forthcoming ISO 22955 is ground-breaking in considering the acoustic challenges faced in environments for different types of work. It considers individual concentrative activities, collaborative work and call centres as the main types of environment; room acoustic criteria are identified for each type of environment. However, on most floor plates different types of activities must co-exist. The standard cites the award-winning Apex Method for acoustic design in these situations. Hear about the new ISO Standard 22955 below.

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