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There are standards pertaining to offices. Some of those standards are concerned with the ergonomics of the workstation (e.g., how much lighting of the desk, what dimensions of the desk and chair should be chosen) and usually include a few lines regarding the acoustics of the workstation , though those lines were usually not drafted by acousticians. Other standards specifically cover the acoustics of offices .
A Few Points to Be Considered
As for any project, everything starts with a program. Basically, there is a cost objective and an available floor area in which a given number of people must be accommodated. In order for the project to be acoustically effective, one must first assess what the user’s needs are. Typically, the following points are likely to be found [3, 4]:
• Several workstations have a need for privacy (e.g., director office, accounting, director meeting room); in addition, they will need an enclosed space for security reasons.
Standards pertaining to the acoustics of corporate restaurants are usually taken out from the standards applicable to offices’ auxiliary spaces (e.g., ). Looking at a restaurant, one can definitely find a similarity with offices, from individual eaters to small groups and even large tables. Once again, the aim of the exercise is to enable people seated at a table to talk normally without undue hindrance from other groups. While there is no office equipment, there definitely are a few pieces of equipment around, such as the refrigerated displays, the ice or coffee machines, and the exhaust from the preparation area. On top of that, one may have announcements (e.g., “number X, your steak is now ready”) as well as music. Last but not least, there may be some noise coming from the dirty tray conveyor and the cleaning station.
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