Acoustics is a complicated subject, but in an office environment, the most significant consideration is that hard surfaces reflect sound while softer surfaces absorb it. Hence the ubiquity of office carpets and fabric-covered screening.
The inclusion of such materials helps, although in our new, super-clean, wipe-down world they are likely to be a lot less popular.
The impact of Covid-19 is set to change the way buildings are ventilated and cooled. The virus could result in a move away from conventional, recirculating air conditioning systems to more innovative solutions such as radiant chilled ceilings and displacement ventilation to help minimise its transmission in new buildings.
The modern office has evolved numerous times over the last 30 years. Now that the younger generations make up the majority of the workforce, the workplace environment will see even more revolutionary changes.
Chelsea Lawson-Brown, our New South Wales sales representative strives to improve the support and representation of women by leveling the playing field. Through her extensive network of inspirational, hard- working women, Chelsea vows to educate and connect women within the Australian construction environment.
The impact of a noisy, open plan office on employee productivity and wellbeing is well-documented and can leave staff disengaged and unmotivated in their work environment.
Construction is an incredibly diverse industry in terms of offering a variety career paths, from mining and quarrying to construction of buildings and the manufacturing of products.
Only an estimated 9.1% of the construction industry is made up of women, that number is set to rise, and for good reason. With organisations like National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS) who are committed to empowering women, more support and opportunities are available for women to expand their networks.