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Open plan offices: advances in acoustic design

6 pm for 6:30 pm start, Monday 13th January 2020

Hosted by the Institute of Acoustics NE Branch, Jack Harvie-Clark will present at AECOM offices, One Trinity Gardens, Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2HF

Following on from the recent one day workshop in Birmingham, this presentation will start with the guidance in International Standards (ISO 3382-3) for the acoustic design of open plan offices. The forthcoming ISO/DIS 22955, currently at draft stage and due for publication in autumn 2020, is entitled “Acoustic quality of open office spaces”. This new standard advances an approach for acoustic design that incorporates the multi-award winning Apex Method for acoustic design in activity-based working offices. But we can also go beyond these standards.

The new methods show how we can go beyond simply considering the acoustics of the room, and start thinking about the activities of the people in the office creates the acoustic environment. Different activities and different people have different acoustic needs – how can these be met most effectively and efficiently? This is an exciting and fast-changing area for acoustic design, and acoustic considerations are rapidly gaining the importance that they have for occupants of open plan offices.

Noise in open plan offices is typically among the main issues of complaints according to Leesman research. As acousticians we can help enable work places to meet the operational and wellbeing needs of the people who work there, so that they can function effectively. But the guidance on how to do this is rapidly emerging in different forms across the world.

This presentation will be technical at times but will be accessible to people who are not acousticians. All are welcome to attend.

Booking is essential as places are limited

To guarantee your place and help us with the catering purposes, please book your place with at least a week before the meeting.  Refreshments and CPD certificates will be provided.

For more details of IOA regional branch activities please refer to the IOA website: This event is listed on the IOA website here.

Post meeting note: Slides available here

July 2020: Updated presentation

This presentation was updated for the joint Central and Eastern Branches of the IOA webinar on 8th July, 2020. Updated slides available here. A recording should also become available in due course, please get in touch if you would like the recording.

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