Sound masking reduces the audibility between spaces. This provides measurable increases to privacy between meeting rooms, confidential spaces and even open plan areas.
Distraction distances are greatly reduced in spaces to help employees focus, avoiding disruption from external noise sources as well as internal sounds and conversations.
Sound masking leads to a reduction in partition construction costs. Clients are able to reduce their partition performance requirements due to higher and steady background levels.
Background levels are often much lower than desirable due to over-engineering in mechanical design. This is unavoidable and often leads to reduced privacy between spaces. Setting strict background levels with sound masking provides security to acoustic design, and also provides security in achieving Green Star separation and similar credit points.
The dependancy between construction accuracy, mechanical service design and acoustic performance often leads to issues and thus variations down the track. High performing walls require accurate construction. When services are slightly over-engineered, they end up being too quiet, leading to privacy issues. All these risks can be mitigated at the beginning of a project by utilising sound masking, thus streamlining project resources and avoiding unplanned delays and expenses.