Current privacy legislation tends to focus on securing access to information stored on computers or within filing cabinets, but attention also needs to be paid to our built environment. When examined in this context, privacy has both an acoustic and a visual component. This article primarily focuses on the former, except insofar as it is affected by the latter.
Background sound is key to providing building occupants with improved speech privacy, noise control, and acoustic comfort. When used as the starting point for interior planning, sound masking lets building professionals set the base of background sound throughout a facility, more accurately specify the blocking and absorptive elements used in their design, allowing it to be delivered in a cost-effective manner, and with greater assurance of achieving the intended results.
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