Webcast Replay: “Speech Privacy, Acoustics and Sound Masking”

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By Nathan Van Ness 11.21.2019


Current building and architectural trends often create a “speech privacy crisis” in many commercial construction projects. Fortunately, engineers and specifiers have tools at their disposal to address many of the problems that can arise.

In the replay of the “Speech Privacy Acoustics and Sound Masking” webcast, originally hosted by Consulting-Specifying Engineer on Nov. 13, you will learn how four acoustic principals affect speech privacy levels in the workplace. The term “speech privacy” is further defined and its impacts on employees’ and employers’ experience are discussed. This webcast explores the impacts that common construction techniques and interior furnishings pose on the levels of speech privacy one can obtain, keeping in mind modern interior design may conflict with client’s speech privacy goals.

You’ll learn how sound masking contributes to increased speech privacy levels as well as the different approaches sound masking systems use in terms of deployment, performance trade-offs and design parameters. This emphasis on sound masking systems will differentiate between “white noise” systems of the past and modern technologies, which often use network infrastructure and contemporary components.

Finally, this webcast focuses on how specifiers should best approach including sound masking systems in their projects to ensure client satisfaction. Information is shared to better explain how systems may be designed, specified, made code-compliant and deployed, making the process seamless for both construction professionals and clients alike.


Learning objectives:

  • Better understand the need for speech privacy in modern commercial spaces.
  • Identify the As, Bs, Cs and Ds of architectural acoustics and their impact on speech privacy levels.
  • Understand three unique approaches to sound masking systems and the impact architecture has on the proper choice.
  • How to set client expectations when it comes to speech privacy levels and deliverable results.
  • Learn how to specify, design and deploy code-compliant sound masking systems and when an acoustic consultant should be engaged in the project.

Presented By:
Mike Griffitt, Field Sales Engineer, Biamp Systems


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