Acoustic regulations for offices – Comparison between selected countries in Europe

Birgit Rasmussen, Teresa Carrascal García

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Regulatory acoustic requirements for offices exist in some countries in Europe, but most countries have either no regulatory limits or only recommendations. The main reason for considering acoustic conditions in office premises is to ensure satisfactory working conditions for the various tasks and activities taking place in the many different kinds of rooms. Examples of room types are offices, meeting rooms, open-plan offices, reception areas, corridors, stairwells, canteens, all with different acoustic needs. The extent of acoustic limit values vary considerably between countries. Some specify a few only, while others define several criteria. The findings from a comparative study carried out in selected countries in various geographical parts of Europe show a diversity of acoustic descriptors and limit values. The paper includes examples of criteria for reverberation time, airborne and impact sound insulation, noise from traffic and from service equipment. The discrepancies between countries are discussed, aiming at potential learning and implementation of optimized limit values for more room types. In addition to regulations or guidelines, some countries have offices included in national acoustic classification schemes with different acoustic quality levels, and references are made to publications with examples of such classification criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINTER-NOISE 2019 MADRID - 48th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering : NOISE CONTROL FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT
EditorsAntonio Calvo-Manzano, Ana Delgado, Antonio Perez-Lopez, Jose Salvador Santiago
Number of pages10
Publication date2019
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-87985-31-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event48th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering - IFEMA Palacio Municipal Congress Centre, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 16 Jun 201919 Jun 2019


Conference48th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering
LocationIFEMA Palacio Municipal Congress Centre
Internet address
SeriesNoise-Con Proceedings


  • building acoustics
  • acoustic regulations
  • offices
  • office buildings
  • Europe
  • Building Acoustics
  • Regulations
  • Offices


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