Noise creates stress
Relatively little noise already promotes stress and has an impact on the performance level, as American psychologists from the Cornwell University in Ithaca found out. Gary Evans, professor for environmental psychology, arrived at the conclusion that employees in noisy offices tend to solve less technical or functional problems by 40 percent. They also just do half as much ergonomically adjustments to their furniture and computer as a comparison group in quiet rooms. Gary Evans identifies stress as a phenomenon, which can have serious long term consequences like heart disease and muscle-bone-problems.
Acoustics optimization in offices
The German office furniture manufacturers offer a wide range of furniture with sound absorption functions. There’s nearly no limit to design. On the following pages you can find general information on the phenomenon noise and its effects, an introduction to room acoustics as well as hints for your office design. Furthermore we compiled a glossary for you, containing the most important terms of room acoustics and links to continuing pages and relevant regulations.