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Examples of Common Spaces

Examples of Common Spaces - Retail

Retail

In open spaces such as restaurants, stores, airport concourses, etc., sound blocking between rooms is not required. The ceiling should be optimized for absorption. Blocking parameters, such as CAC and STC, are irrelevant.

Examples of Common Spaces - Office

Office

When a standard office is next to another office, the sensitivity to noise is typically Low or Medium and the potential for noise is typically Low or Medium. A Good to Better sound blocking level of STC 40-45 is required by the acoustics standards and guidelines. Executive offices and conference rooms have a High sensitivity to noise, so the sound blocking level increases to High (STC 50). Blocking is not relevant in open offices.

Examples of Common Spaces - Healthcare

Healthcare

When a patient room is next to another patient room, the sensitivity to noise is Medium and the potential for noise is Medium. A Better sound blocking level of STC 45 is required by the acoustics standards and guidelines. For exam and treatment rooms, the sensitivity to noise increases to High, so the required sound blocking level increases to STC 50.

Examples of Common Spaces - Education

Education

When a classroom is next to another classroom, the sensitivity to noise is High and the potential for noise is High. A Best sound blocking level of STC 50 is required by the acoustics standards and guidelines.