Architectural acoustics can separate a traditional building from an iconic one. Good acoustics improve how sound travels through an environment, and are usually thought out and coordinated during the building’s design stage.
But people often overlook certain construction limitations that can cause acoustic problems. For instance, curved and smooth, reflecting surfaces—like curved walls and domes—create large echoes in a room. Similarly, parallel walls in auditoriums can create repetitive pulsing sounds—known as flutter echo—by reflecting sound back and forth.
External noise in buildings can take a serious toll on productivity in a work environment. In fact, a study published by the Harvard Business Review showed that workers lose up to 86 minutes a day as a result of noise distractions. What’s more, recently released WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines provide evidence that noise is a top environmental hazard that affects both mental and physical health.
The Importance of Acoustics in Homes and Buildings
Most buildings are constructed with the occupant’s experience in mind; this means creating high-performance buildings that are safe, energy-efficient, comfortable, and offer good speech intelligibility.
Creating quiet recovery areas for patients, optimizing office areas for productivity, and ensuring good acoustics in learning environments are all examples of bringing the acoustical properties of a space in line with the intended use.
Good acoustic design takes all the problems caused by poor acoustics into account, while emphasizing desired acoustic features.
How to Improve Architectural Acoustics in Your Space
Now that we’ve settled the fact that an optimal acoustics experience is as important as the look, feel, and function of a building, let’s look at ways you can improve architectural acoustics:
Diffuse and Absorb Sounds with Furniture and Décor
While store-bought diffusers can bounce sound waves in different directions, they’re not worth the expense for a bedroom—or even a home studio. Furniture, like bookshelves and soft sofas, work just as well. In addition, you can also add heavy curtains on windows to reduce outside noise.
Use Acoustic Panels
Combat overwhelmingly harsh noises in an enclosed space with the use of acoustic wall panels. They consist of a sound absorbing core that’s made of materials like foam or mineral wool to dampen and deaden elevated sounds in offices, homes, restaurants and other spaces.
Moreover, acoustic panels not only dissipate noise levels, but they also improve speech intelligibility in lecture rooms and performance venues.
Acoustic panels, like the MgO Fire-Rated Acoustic Panels by MagMatix, are also eco-friendly, since they’re free of asbestos and formaldehyde and don’t release toxic substances in the environment during the production process.
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