Proposed state-of-the-art criteria for office building acoustics


  • G.E. Clunis Public Works Canada HQ, Ottawa, Ont., Canada


architectural acoustics, background noise, reverberation times, attenuation, speech transmission coefficients, office isolation, meeting rooms, hearing impaired occupants, office equipment noise levels


The author reports on the proposed criteria which have been collated and/or developed, including targets for: background noise (upper and lower limits); reverberation times; attenuation with distance; speech transmission coefficients; and office isolation. These criteria are presented for open and closed office space, and meeting rooms. Legal requirements are reviewed, and the unique requirements of hearing impaired occupants are also addressed. It is most important that PWC's criteria are realistic, and can be achieved within existing budgets, expertise, and equipment resources. The implications of these criteria in way of office fit-up are discussed, and in particular the impact that these criteria can have on other interior environmental performance indicators including indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort, and illumination. Specific recommendations are given for ceiling systems, screens and partitions, and office equipment noise levels



How to Cite

Clunis G. Proposed state-of-the-art criteria for office building acoustics. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 1993Sep.1 [cited 2021Apr.14];21(3):31-2. Available from:



Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada