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The conclusion was that the main driving forces for the office of 2020 were:
1. Leadership and corporate culture
2. Empowered employees
5. Company Identity
On Saturday October 5th, a TEDx-event will be held in La Rochelle, France. Acoustic Bulletin is proud to announce that this event will feature a presentation on the importance of good acoustics for people. The presentation will be held by Yoan Le-Muet, who recently presented the paper "Combining thermally activated cooling technology and high acoustic demand..." at the Internoise 2013 in Innsbruck.
The bells at a Liskeard church in United Kingdom are affecting the peace and quiet of the town. People complain that the bells are rung too often and are too loud – some 85 decibels. Church leaders counterattack and say the regular rhythmic chimes help make Liskeard special. It seems that church bells are not treated like pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops, which have to have a license to make noise like that. The bells are designed to be heard. Thus the bell sound propagates far way and with power. To do something people have to officially complain and factors to be considered when assessing a noise nuisance include the time, duration, frequency and reasonableness of the noise being complained about.
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On September 25th, 09:00-11:00, a round table session will be held in Malmö, Southern Sweden. Diane Stegmeier, leading expert and globally renowned author and speaker, discusses with Scandinavian and German experts about creating the effective workplace and workforce of the future.
The event will be live streamed to our youtube channel
On October 17th the Sound Environment Center at Lund University, in collaboration with Ecophon, puts a spotlight on the handling of sound environments in healthcare via an interdisciplinary symposium on sound environment, healing and healthcare in Lund, Sweden.
Innsbruck river view.
INTER-NOISE 2013 in Innsbruck, Austria, took place recently (15-18th September) and indeed was a positive experience on many levels. (See previous posting!) Many great acoustic sessions, related expert meetings, meeting both new and old acquaintances from all over the globe, new and updated insights and knowledge – and of course, a lot of inspiration! This posting contains some of my personal reflections and all of you who were there for sure have your own experiences.
Adrian James - Director AJA
You can now watch the three filmed presentations on our Acoustic Bulletin YouTube, from the seminar held earlier this summer at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London. Increasingly Green Buildings" utilising Thermally Active Building Systems (or TABS) have specific acoustic challenges with potential increased low frequency reverberance and overall sound levels within the classroom, making learning difficult, and potentially limiting academic achievement.
Starting on Sunday the 15-18th September, INTER-NOISE 2013, the 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, will be held at the International Congress Centre in Innsbruck, Austria. The theme of the congress is Noise Control for Quality of Life and it is sponsored by the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE), and is being organized by the Austrian Noise Abatement Association (Österreichischer Arbeitsring für Lärmbekämpfung) (ÖAL).
Ecophon will participate in several sessions (more info below) and we hope to see you there and look forward to more room acoustic discussions!
Researchers Molly Henry and Jonas Obleser from the Max Planck Institute in Germany have discovered that our hearing depends on the exact timing of our brain’s rhythms. According to an article in Hear-it.org our hearing ability, behaviour and perception changes due to different environmental rythyms which in turn influence the way we listen.
This Acoustics in TABS Classrooms Seminar on Thursday 27th June, will be held at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London. Thermally Active Building Systems (or TABS) which utilise exposed thermal mass for temperature stabilisation are increasing as an educational building type due to energy efficiency and potential reduced running costs. However TABS buildings have specific acoustic challenges with potential increased low frequency reverberance and overall sound levels within the classroom, making learning difficult, and potentially limiting academic achievement.
Anders Mildner, a Swedish musician, journalist and author, has written a nice and accessible book about sound (currently only available in Swedish), and it headlines the London blackbird that rose to fame as it sounded just like an ambulance. Acoustic Bulletin met up with Anders in his office - and made a film where he where he shares his perspectives on sound in society and what it means to him, see the film here.
From last months IOA Spring Conference, Jack Harvie-Clark (photo above) of Apex Acoustics discussed his recent investigations into the potential advantages of sound strength "G" and speech clarity "C50" measurements when compared to reverberation time as measurements of classroom acoustics. Also interviewed is Nick Durup of Sharps Redmore and London South Bank University, who discusses the initial findings of his PhD pilot study investigating teachers vocal strain in classrooms.
Paige Hodsman, Concept Developer Office UK, discusses with John Hanlon about the importance of productivity, how acoustic is linked to it, and where the responsibilities should be. John was a speaker at the conference and held a session on May 23rd called "How the Facility Manager can influence Workplace Productivity"