Title: Auralization as a Tool to Predict the Acoustical Quality of Open Plan Offices
Authors: Rychtarikova, Monika ×
Nijs, Lau
Vermeir, Gerrit #
Issue Date: 10-Aug-2005
Publisher: SOBRAC
Conference: Internoise 2005 edition:34 location:Rio De Janeiro, Brasil date:7-10 August 2005
Abstract: From the acoustical point of view, spaces like open plan offices, restaurants or railway stations can be understood as multi-source environments. The acoustical quality depends on the situation. Sometimes, speech privacy is of interest, in other cases speech intelligibility is desired, but in any case too high sound levels should be avoided. Higher sound levels can be acceptable in a railway station or a students’ restaurant, but in an open plan office, the global masking noise is preferably lower than 48 dB(A). In many ray-tracing programs an auralization method is incorporated. In our research this method is used to demonstrate the acoustical quality in an office space to architects and future users. In the example of this paper a U-shaped open plan office is analyzed. Measured and simulated results are compared and the influence of several architectural set-ups is expressed in acoustical quantities and is made audible. The result is an interactive demon-stration set-up for explaining the acoustical consequences of different positions of source and receiver, of different finishing and of different combinations of source groups.
ISBN: 85-87550-06-3
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Building Physics Section
Soft Matter and Biophysics
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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