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Here are some common questions that Commercial Real Estate Brokers and Property Managers ask Building Systems Solutions regarding a Soft dB Sound Masking System for their tenant’s facilities.

WHAT TYPE OF FACILITIES CAN BENEFIT FROM A SOUND MASKING SYSTEM?

  • Office spaces with low or no cubicle partition
  • Facilities that utilize reflective materials such glass and other hard surfaces in many of their interior design elements
  • Large, open office spaces
  • Companies that handle sensitive or confidential information, like those in the health, legal and financial industries
  • Organizations that value worker productivity and occupational health

WHAT ARE THE PRODUCTIVITY AND PRIVACY BENEFITS A SOUND MASKING SYSTEM PROVIDES?

Sound masking systems emit random sound waves that interrupt speech patterns so that speech becomes less unintelligible and less of a distraction to workers.  Less distraction leads to increased productivity for all staff members.

Installing a sound masking system also ensures that confidential conversations remain private and are not broadcast through the office.

WHERE CAN I GET PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS FOR SOFT dB’s SOUND MASKING SYSTEMS?

You can find soft db product information on our Products page. To request the spec sheets for our Soft dB system components please contact us.

CAN SOFT dB’s SOUND MASKING SYSTEM WORK WITH AN EXISTING SYSTEM?

Retrofitting a sound masking system is an easy process. Building Systems Solutions will design and install a customized system to meet your needs, taking into account the future or existing construction of your project.

ARE SOUND MASKING SYSTEMS ADJUSTABLE AND EXPANDABLE?

Yes!  Both our sound masking and emergency warning systems can be adjusted and expanded.  In fact, our sound masking systems are able to automatically adjust the ambient noise they emit into your space.

HOW DOES SOUND MASKING CONTRIBUTE TO A GREEN CONSTRUCTION PROJECT?

Facilities can reduce construction and material costs for insulation, sound baffling and absorbent material by incorporating sound masking. Reducing materials helps qualify for LEED certification.

Sound masking allows designers to open facilities for better air flow and natural light, helping facilities meet LEED qualifications.

According to LEED, the leading certifying body for green construction projects, the goal of green construction is to incorporate both environmental and employee well-being into the project. Sound masking systems help green designers fulfill the “Indoor Environmental Quality” key area of LEED certification:

“The Indoor Environmental Quality category promotes strategies that improve indoor air as well as those that provide access to natural daylight and views and improve acoustics.

Sound masking systems improve the acoustical environment of your workspace and contribute to increased worker productivity and comfort.

CAN SOUND MASKING BE CONSIDERED A TENANT IMPROVEMENT?

Yes! Sound masking can be considered a tenant improvement.  It is just as important as any other facility upgrade and can increase the value of a space for perspective tenants. It can also be used in lease negotiations with current tenants as an added feature.

WHAT CAN COMPANIES EXPECT TO INVEST IN A SOUND MASKING SYSTEM?

Typical costs for a sound masking systems 10,000 square feet or under are $1.50 per square foot, and in spaces larger than 10,000 square feet, $1.00 per square foot. Economy of scale: as square footage increases, cost per sq foot decreases.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT SOUND MASKING FOR MY BUILDING OR MY TENANTS?

Contact us to learn more about the Soft dB Sound Masking System for your facility or to schedule an on-site visit.

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