Making noise to mask sound.

Some of the components that made the Manitoba Hydro building very ‘green’ also made it very challenging for room acoustics. For example, the low-velocity under-floor supply air system emitted such a low level of background sound in the open office space, that it was actually too quiet to mask sound. We had to create more noise!
One of the things we did was use a sound masking system to boost the background noise to optimal levels for speech and privacy. We also built a model using CATT software to test the impact and make recommendations on room finishes and furnishings. This building was the first in Canada to achieve LEED Platinum status and the acoustical design allows for attractive and functional offices.

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