Pinchin’s Acoustics Engineering, Weidong Li, P.Eng., PhD describes the acoustics quality of an indoor spaces that act as key perimeters to the occupant comfort. Weidong explains the difference between regulations and guidelines pertinent to indoor noise for office and heavily industrial spaces. Occupational noise limits are regulated by provincial governments and Pinchin has the in-house expertise across Canada to help you test, model and design an indoor acoustics solution that fits your need.
If you’re not sure how workplace noise is impacting you, call us at 1.855.PINCHIN (746.2446) or visit the Noise, Vibration & Acoustics page on our website.
“The acoustic quality of an indoor space is a key parameter in measuring the occupant’s comfort — in addition to light, temperature, and indoor air quality. In an office space, for example, good acoustics is achieved when the space can provide the acoustic support for speech communication, privacy, and concentrated work. As a result, the evaluation of indoor noise levels has been recognized by national and international organizations. Indoor noise criteria and guidelines have been developed accordingly.
In an industrial space, a worker’s exposure to machinery noise may pose potential health risks. As a result, noise exposures in industrial spaces are regulated by provincial governments. In Ontario, the noise exposure limit is 85 dBA in 8 hours. The question is how we can protect the workers from exposing to high noise levels. What control measures are available?. These are the two examples where indoor acoustics can provide assistance.
At Pinchin, we have the in-house expertise in the testing, modelling and design of indoor acoustics. To conduct the work, we use state-of-the-art instruments and advanced modelling program. Our indoor acoustical services include:
– Testing of indoor noise levels in support of applications for sustainable building certifications
– Assisting in the design of building ventilation systems to ensure the indoor noise levels are within the acceptable limits
– Acoustic modelling of indoor spaces such as open-plan office and industrial facilities, to ensure a good speech understanding and privacy
– Noise complaint investigation and engineering noise controls
If you have questions about these indoor noise issues, give Pinchin a call today.”