Continuing Education is important to us and our clients. We at Business Interiors stay up to date on industry trends, advancements, innovations, and the art and science of interior design finishes and furnishings.
Mississippi architects, designers, and specifiers joined us at our showroom and headquarters in Ridgeland, Mississippi, for this Continuing Education Unit about vinyl and other coated fabrics. They heard in-depth about best practices using these high-performance fabrics while maintaining their accreditation and enjoying a little hospitality.
Thank you to all of our clients and colleagues in the industry who joined us for this event. We can’t wait to see you again at the next Continuing Education event here at Business Interiors.
Our team from Business Interiors had a visit to AIS in the Boston area to explore the innovative, beautiful, and affordable office interiors products offered by AIS. Through Business Interiors, your access to amazing design quality, durability, and budget-friendly solutions has only gotten greater. We love opportunities to increase our knowledge of industry trends and our access to very best products for your needs.
A consultation with our team is the first step to get your spaces looking and functioning at their best. Call to schedule today! (601) 969-1000
Invisible Design for Performance: Discover the ABCs of effective acoustical design, by HAWORTH, INC., JUL. 19, 2018
One of the most significant factors in job satisfaction is often overlooked simply because you can’t see it: Acoustics.
However, you can see its effects in the data on privacy and job satisfaction:
In a landmark study of over 50,000 workers in 351 buildings, lack of speech privacy is cited as the #1 source of dissatisfaction.
In the movement toward open office plans, people have an increased desire to find spaces in the workplace that provide confidentiality for both work-related and personal conversations. Additionally, different activities require different ways of managing acoustical privacy, leading people to seek out a variety of workspaces—each with specific characteristics that support the work they’re doing at the time. Providing a variety of workspaces with well-designed acoustics allows for proper levels of speech privacy to ensure confidentiality.
Employers who understand and address this need for varying workspaces have more success in achieving higher job satisfaction rates.
Speech Privacy Basics
Speech privacy is simply the absence of speech intelligibility. Here’s how it works:
If the level of speech sounds that reach a listener’s ear is well above that of any background sound, the speech will be clearly heard and understood, or intelligible.
But, if speech sounds at the listener’s location are below the background sound level, the speech will not be understood. Even when a listener can hear the muffled speech sounds of someone talking, speech privacy exists because the listener can’t understand what is being said.
Achieving the right level of speech privacy in a space requires careful assessment and alignment of functional needs with the ambient environment, background sound, and physical design elements, such as walls, ceilings, and floors.
Achieving the right level of speech privacy in a space requires careful assessment and alignment
The ABCs of Effective Acoustical Design
To manage speech privacy, follow the ABCs of acoustical workspace design by using elements that absorb, block, and cover sound.
Absorb Sounds Within the Space
Special absorptive ceilings, suspended baffles, carpeted floors, and even decorative rugs not only reduce sound levels within rooms, they also reduce undesirable reflection of sound which can cause
intelligible speech sounds to carry throughout a space.
Block sounds between spaces
Walls, moveable walls, double pane (2 channel) glass walls, unitized wall systems, and suspended ceiling tiles can all provide physical barriers that block the transmission of speech sounds between rooms.
Cover intruding sounds with background noise
An electronic sound masking system covers sounds with a consistent background noise. A sort of highly sophisticated “white noise machine,” a masking system is precisely programmed to reduce perceived inconsistencies in sound, such as those created by speech. Masking systems are finely tuned in both frequency and level to meet the needs of different areas throughout the entire workspace.
Effective acoustical design may be invisible to most people, but the benefits are easy to see. Employees will be more comfortable at work knowing they have spaces for privacy and connection—where they won’t disturb others who are concentrating on focused tasks nearby. It may take some additional effort, but designing with speech privacy in mind will help keep employees happy, engaged, and productive at work.
Business Interiors will work with you, your designer, or your architect to achieve the acoustical results you need. Call us to schedule your consultation today @ (601) 969-1000
At Business Interiors, our product range includes the latest technology for corporate conferencing. We are thrilled to offer Bluescape—a cloud-based, SaaS digital workspace for next level team collaboration. Bluescape can be accessed simultaneously on HD screens and devices including laptops, iPads, and smartphones. Users can share text, photos, videos, and documents in a display reminiscent of a conference room bulletin board, but Bluescape allows for the work to be saved in real time, giving teams the ability to rewind and view the progression of their project.
We not only offer Bluescape, we make great use of it here at our headquarters. Business Interiors’ Project Manager, Russ Smith, has seen first hand how convenient this technology can be for all parties. “Typically, we use our Bluescape in-house to facilitate meetings that include clients, architects, and design firms. For instance, we may have a project going on in north Mississippi, and the design firm is based here in the Jackson area, but all stakeholders need to be able to communicate off-site without time-consuming travel. What used to be an all-day travel situation can take just 30 minutes of meaningful, productive time now with Bluescape.” Smith added, “Designers love it because they can actually see floorpans and move furniture placements around live on screen.”
Companies with satellite offices can cut travel expenses tremendously by using live conferencing and collaboration with Bluescape technology. Ready to see how we can help you transform your next meeting? We are ready to schedule your private consultation. (601) 969-1000
The science of acoustics figures into the consideration of the built environment more and more, as designers seek to dampen noise by absorption and diffusion products and techniques. Business Interiors’ staff and designer friends saw first hand the growing importance of managing sound when they attended NeoCon in Chicago. We’re ready with a variety of state-of-the-art products for corporate, healthcare, education, and other shared spaces. Call Business Interiors today to schedule your consultation time @ (601) 969-1000
Business Interiors’ staff and designer friends are attending NeoCon in Chicago—the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. Our founder, David Houpt, has been a part of this extraordinary experience, gathering knowledge, inspiration, and sources since 1976.
Held every June at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the annual gathering place for the commercial design world’s manufacturers, dealers, architects, designers, end-users, design organizations and media. 2018’s NeoCon 50 is a vibrant hub for a non-stop schedule of networking, events, and celebrations.
Over 500 leading companies, including the industry’s major manufacturers as well as hot emerging companies showcase thousands of new products and services in categories including furniture, fabrics, flooring, interior building products, interior finishes, and technology.
More than 50,000 design professionals, representing markets ranging from workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government, the commercial design community converge each year at NeoCon to connect, learn and do business.
Four marquee presentations and more than 100 CEU programs offer world-class expertise and insight about today’s most relevant topics as well as the future of commercial design.
Connecting the community with inspiration and knowledge sharing in nearly 1 million square feet of exhibition space, NeoCon features game-changing products and services from leading companies and emerging talent—providing unparalleled access to the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design.
Business Interiors works hard to stay on the leading edge of technology and trends within our industry with the singular goal of serving your business interior needs.