Build in acoustics
To properly impact leaseholder retention, operational costs and property sale, one needs to consider both the potential needs of various tenants over the buildings lifetime, and the core principles of human-centric design. For example, according to a recent Leesman Report, The Next 250K; only 34% of tenants were satisfied with a new building's office acoustics.
What makes the office space an acoustic challenge is that it consists of multiple room types. There is the open plan office, where absorbing sound and controlling the sound level is vital for a good indoor climate, to adjoining offices and meeting rooms, where privacy and confidentiality is key, and where you wish to contain the sound.
One way to address modularity and acoustics is by choosing a ceiling that has both high sound absorption and high sound insulation. Sound absorption refers to how sound behaves inside a room, where sound insulation expresses how much sound transfers from one room to another. By specifying a ceiling that has both features at the early phase of a building's construction, you ensure a consistent visual design throughout the building, while providing both excellent sound absorption for open plan offices and great sound insulation and privacy for meeting rooms and modular offices.
Acoustic management needs to be prioritised and embraced throughout the building, for now and the future.