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Let your ceiling boost employee productivity and well-being

Many spend their working days in open-plan offices. Well-designed this set up can facilitate communication and interaction between the staff. But if you don’t attend to acoustics, speech will spread throughout the office, leading to increased sound levels and constant disturbance. 

Acoustic has a major impact on the productivity and well-being of the staff.

To create a good working environment in open-plan offices you need to consider the following:

  • Minimizing sound propagation
  • Class A ceiling
  • AC value <180

A poor acoustic working environment does not only have a major impact on productivity, it also affects the comfort and well-being among office workers.

Studies shows that noise exposure is significantly correlated to sickness absence: the more complex the task the more significant the correlation becomes.1 In the contrary, studies also show that a good acoustic environment can reduce the staffs adrenaline levels by 30 %.2

A good acoustic environment can reduce the staffs adrenaline levels by 30 % .

 

Less disurbance with high AC value

To create an acoustic environment that supports people’s productivity and well-being, the sound need to be prevented from spreading in the office. To do so a ceiling with absorption class A is needed. In most cases the ceiling also need to be supplemented with sound-absorbing wall absorbers and free-hanging units.

Since speech is the most common sound in offices it is very important that the sound absorbers perform well at frequencies where speech is predominant. To ensure this, your class A ceiling should have a high AC value, in open-plan offices minimum 180. The higher the AC value, or Articulation Class, of a ceiling the more efficient it will reduce sound propagation.

 

Product recommendation

Good solution    Better solution   Best solution
Suspended Ceilings Sound absorption class AC value o.d.s 200 mm Complement Class A ceiling with vertical absorbers Complement Class A ceiling with vertical absorbers and Free-hanging units
Focus A A 190 Akusto™  Solo™
Focus™ Ds A 180 Akusto™  Solo™
Focus Dg A 180 Akusto™  Solo™
Focus E A 180 Akusto™  Solo™
Focus Lp A 180 Akusto™  Solo™
Gedina™ A A 190  Akusto™  Solo™
Gedina™ E  180  Akusto™  Solo™
Advantage™ A 
A 190  Akusto™  Solo™
Advantage™ E  180   Akusto™  Solo™

  

1. Fried et al “The joint effects of noise, job complexity and gender on employee sickness absence”, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 2002, 75, 131–144.
2. Evans, Johnson, Cornell university, “Stress and open office noise”, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2000, vol. 85, no. 5, 779–783

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 Andheri (E) 
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Contact us

Phone:
+91 22 40212121
Fax:
+ 91 22 40212392
   
Address:
 Saint-Gobain Ecophon AB
 5th Level, Leela Business Park,
 Andheri Kurla Road,
 Andheri (E) 
 Mumbai - 400 059
 INDIA