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Indoor Sound Quality (ISQ) is the audio corollary to IAQ

2013-11-26

Trends in workplace design towards fluidity and mobility such as open plan, quad pods, and "start-up" chic significantly reduce corporate expenditures in terms of real estate and furniture...and oftentimes make the workplace a fun place to be.

However, as is oftentimes the case in business, a benefit in one category can create a disbenefit in another.

As people will likely continue to use speech as their main method of communication, we want to consider if disbenefits are caused by these workplace design trends.

If we were to think of Indoor Sound Quality (ISQ) as the audio corollary to IAQ, we may want to consider if/how these workplace trends contribute to: (i) miscommunication (very bad in a hospital setting if a doctors orders are misunderstood), (ii) loss of concentration (a feeling of "I can't hear myself think") and (iii) loss of privacy and/or productivity.

Sound masking, insulation, proofing and noise cancellation strategies have evolved and are more robust than ever before, in part, because of these trends in the workplace.

Some sound masking systems can add features to increase efficiency such as paging and music to an environment using the same speakers that deploy the sound masking. In other instances, sound masking technology is built right into the cubicle wall of a desk.

There is a high probability that an ROI is readily available for your company by implementing the proper ISQ for your environment and fostering wellness in your workforce.

Nadine Cino, LEED AP, is a regular contributor to the greater purpose of generating SustainAble action, and is CEO and co-inventor of the Tyga-Box System, New York, N.Y.



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