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'Good' and 'Bad' acoustics

‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ acoustics

Glance at any textbook or British Standards document and you will quickly realise that acoustics is a complex science.

Here at Cocoon – and at our parent company Creatif – we are dedicated to demystifying acoustics and showing workplace designers how quantum improvements can be made to acoustic comfort without compromising on aesthetics or budget.

We give you the very essence of acoustic design in the table below. To further expand your knowledge, go to…

(Cocoon webpages and Creatif website)

  Sound insulation Sound absorption
GOOD acoustic design

A holistic approach is taken to acoustic design; fixed partitions and moving walls are appropriately specified

Flanking paths are identified and closed off where possible

Productivity is enhanced

BAD acoustic design

Sound insulation is the sole focus; fixed partitions and moving walls are over-specified

Sound flanking paths are not considered

Sound leakage compromises privacy

Uncontrolled ambient noise destroys productivity

Expensive retro-works are required

 

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Important note - sound insulation addresses sound quantity whereas sound absorption addresses sound quality. Both are important but we think that in the UK interiors industry there is a disproportionate focus on sound insulation at the expense of proper sound absorption.