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Acoustic design for a ‘Sound’ Environment

The development has been focused in the last years on integrating cooling and heating technologies in ceiling systems which were already well established and accepted in the design of various different buildings.

Understanding by architects, professional engineers and systems providers of the need for the right kind of acoustics and use of right technology & materials is very important to create a good sound environment. Buildotech gets the views of Giuseppe Fiore, Head – Specifications Department, Lindner Group and Sudeep Kolte (Vice President – Sales) EcoPhone.

Application of acoustics as per building function

Fiore – It goes without saying that different applications and different results can only be achieved by using different materials. This influences the design and reflects on the choice of systems available. With the exception of concert halls that have extremely complex acoustic features and therefore need individual evaluation and solutions, there are available ceiling systems that are suitable for almost any acoustic situation and requirement, regardless of the building type. For instance, ceiling system designed and manufactured by Lindner Group can be used to meet the most stringent technical requirements and at the same time match all the aesthetic and design demands for shapes, colours, textures and materials.

Kotle – The basics of acoustics remain the same for interior spaces but the identified parameters that define the performance of the room will differ. E.g. retail shopping areas will need more quite spaces whereas commercial offices will attract more sound privacy. Concert halls will need control on reverberation whereas classrooms will need better speech clarity. A commercial office project involves activities like talking on phone, team work or individual work on computer, space considerations like hard surfaces such as concrete walls and sound source aspects like ceilings, fans, projectors, etc.

On the other hand, learning environments are demanding premises and acoustically speaking that can support learning processes comprising communication, student collaborations, negotiation and general social competences. Healthcare facilities (hospitals, elderly care premises, outpatient clinics, mental health premises) involve two main groups of people: care givers and care recipients. These two groups have different activities to perform that require different acoustic solutions.

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