There are many misconceptions and assumptions about how acoustics work, and it can often be treated as an afterthought until major issues arise. Without incorporating acoustic planning early into the project it can be easy to neglect budgeting for it as well as potentially selecting the incorrect materials. We’ve identified some myths which might help to keep you alert when planning acoustics for your project.
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This assumption is not always true, particularly if the proportion of the materials with a high acoustic rating is substantially greater than the areas where materials with a lower rating were used. A case scenario would be if 95% of an office perimeter was an acoustic wall rated to 40RW and one door rated to 32RW, which could account to less than 5% of the room surfaces. The door makes up a relatively small portion of all the materials, and therefore, would not bring down the overall acoustics to the rating of the weakest point.
This is an all-too-common truth that is experienced regularly. It is critical to note however, that the costs are always greater at the point where problems need to be rectified after the fitout has been completed. When the acoustic spec is set early in the project planning, the client and architect should account for the extra cost and possible extra work to achieve the desired rating. Additionally some design concessions may need to be taken to achieve the acoustic spec, which is why acoustics should never be an afterthought.
To assist in making your decisions more informed, taking into account aesthetics as well as acoustics, our new acoustic report will help to dispel and clarify any of these myths we’ve described.
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