Acoustics – The Benefits of Sound Design for the Workforce

If you can hear someone talking while you’re reading or writing, your productivity dips by up to 66%, according to Julian Treasure. At the same time, the rise of open plan, multifunctional workspaces means sound pressure on office workers is increasing. We have collaborated with sound expert Julian Treasure on holistic sound design. As he says in one of his TED Talks: "Architects need to use their ears." 

Generally employees will feel much more inspired if they are able to move around but open plan workspaces also pose acoustic challenges. Interface modular carpet was developed for the changing workplace. It effectively absorbs sound and reduces impact noise at the source, yet is also ideal for zoning areas for a range of activities, from collaboration and concentration to relaxation and recreation.

Impact sound

Chairs being moved or footsteps on a floor are examples of impact sound. A good acoustic environment is the result of many factors, but to effectively control noise from footsteps and other impacts, no other flooring solution is more effective than carpet.

Impact sound transmission, measured in decibels, tells you how much sound is insulated from an adjacent space.

For the majority of projects, acoustic and ergonomic comfort can be achieved with the specification of standard Interface carpet tiles.

Our enhanced acoustic backing options, SONE® and Interlay, can be used across a large workspace or limited to smaller zoned areas that have more complex needs.

Watch our Acoustics Video