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Future proof your office space

26 April 2018

As organisations change, indoor spaces need to be highly reconfigurable. Be it a new build or renovation project, designers need to find solutions that provide great acoustic comfort while allowing tenants to modify their office spaces based on future needs.

NO, Otto Nielsens vei 12, Arcasa arkitekter, Office, Meeting Room, Open plan office, Rockfon Blanka dB42, A edge, 600x600, white, Chicago Metallic T24 Click 2890

Open-plan office at architectural firm, Arcasa arkitekter, in Oslo, Norway, featuring Rockfon Blanka dB 43 A edge ceiling tiles.

Building for today and tomorrow

The expensive investment of real estate and renovation has led many developers to include a human-centric strategy in to the construction of their buildings, in an attempt to stabilise its value and lifecycle. The benefit of embracing a human-centric strategy has shown to improve leaseholder retention, operational costs and property sale.

Companies are important customers for real-estate developers and a building plays a crucial role in creating the right environment for tenants to thrive in. Some of the core principles of human-centric design involve providing tenants with, among other things, ample access to natural daylight, acoustic and thermal comfort.

Be it a new build or renovation project, designers need to find solutions that provide great acoustic comfort while allowing tenants to modify their office spaces based on future needs.

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.

About Rockfon

We provide customers with a complete ceiling system offer, combining stone wool ceiling panels with suspension grids and accessories. Our ceiling systems are a fast and simple way to create beautiful, comfortable spaces. Easy to install and durable, they protect people from noise and the spread of fire while making a constructive contribution toward a sustainable future.

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