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How to Reduce Sounds and Echoes in an Office Building

May 29, 2017
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Larger buildings with high ceilings and plenty of empty space are susceptible to noise pollution. This means that echoes and sounds bounce off of hard surfaces until the sound waves are absorbed. However, if there are no porous surfaces to absorb the sound, the waves will bounce off again and again. Therefore, the best way to actually reduce the noise pollution is to minimize the number of hard surfaces by introducing more of soft, porous surfaces.

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Acoustic tiles for walls

Covering your walls with acoustic tiles can be a great way to minimize echoes and sounds. It’s also an aesthetically pleasing way to add décor to the office building without taking much space. Similarly to acoustic tiles you can add acoustic panels and the numerous pattern possibilities make them a lovely decorative detail.

However, this can be a costly investment if you’re dealing with a relatively spacious building. In that respect, you may want to consider combining acoustic tiles and panels with some other noise reducing solution. Also, if you’re thinking about covering only two walls in one area, always go for two adjacent walls instead of the parallel ones.

Plants to the rescue

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Introducing greenery in the office space has many benefits. You’ve probably heard about the positive influence of plants when it comes to anxiety and stress reduction as well as air purifying. However, one other significant benefit of plants involves noise reduction. A larger number of plants placed around the office building can minimize the sound reflecting off of hard surfaces. First of all, plants can absorb the sound.

Secondly, they can also deflect it, thus turning the waves that hit them into other forms of energy. This all leads to reduced noise pollution, not to mention the more pleasant environment that plants can create. The bigger the plants – the better the noise reduction. Also, vertical garden walls are becoming immensely popular among larger companies when it comes to both insulation and the problem of noise pollution.

Turn to carpeting

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Walls are not the only hard surface that can increase the amount of noise pollution. Hard floors are also responsible for echoes in an office building. In that sense, carpeting can come in handy. The larger the area you cover with a carpet, the better. It may not be possible to cover every single bit of the floor with a carpet, but you should still try to cover as much space as you can.

That way you will also keep the warm/cool air in the office building, which will provide a healthy and comfortable atmosphere for everyone inside. What’s more, this way you’ll get warmth and texture without cluttering your business space. Apart from carpets, you might also consider the usage of rubber mats. They are a fine example of soft, porous surface that can deflect noise effectively. In addition, they provide comfort and preserve the safety for the workers.

Hanging baffle system

The ceiling can be another problem when noise pollution is concerned. There are plenty of hanging baffle racks that come in many different styles and you can think of them as acoustic chandeliers of sorts. Of course, these cannot replace a proper lighting system. Still, hanging baffle racks can be installed around your existing lighting solutions. Also, it’s best to leave this job to the professionals.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce noise pollution in your office building definitely consider the abovementioned tips. Depending on the size of the rooms in the building, you can also adjust the way you want to use these solutions. Anyway, don’t feel obliged to use them all, or stuff everything in one small space. As a business, you need to pay attention to what looks and feels professional as well.

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