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Significance and Use
4.1 This guide is intended for the use of architects, engineers, office managers, and others interested in designing, specifying, or operating office environments.
4.2 It is not intended to be applied to other environments, for example, open plan schools.
4.3 While this guide attempts to clarify the many interacting variables that influence acoustical performance, it is not intended to supplant the experience and judgment of experts in the field of acoustics. Competent technical advice should be sought for success in the design of offices, including comparisons of test results carried out according to ASTM standards.
1.1 This guide discusses the principles and interactions that affect the acoustical performance of open and closed offices. It describes the application and use of the relevant series of ASTM standards.
1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C423 Test Method for Sound Absorption and Sound Absorption Coefficients by the Reverberation Room Method
E90 Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Sound Transmission Loss of Building Partitions and Elements
E336 Test Method for Measurement of Airborne Sound Attenuation between Rooms in Buildings
E795 Practices for Mounting Test Specimens During Sound Absorption Tests
E1007 Test Method for Field Measurement of Tapping Machine Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor-Ceiling Assemblies and Associated Support Structures
E1110 Classification for Determination of Articulation Class
E1111 Test Method for Measuring the Interzone Attenuation of Open Office Components
E1130 Test Method for Objective Measurement of Speech Privacy in Open Plan Spaces Using Articulation Index
E1179 Specification for Sound Sources Used for Testing Open Office Components and Systems
E1414 Test Method for Airborne Sound Attenuation Between Rooms Sharing a Common Ceiling Plenum
E1573 Test Method for Measurement and Reporting of Masking Sound Levels Using A-Weighted and One-Third-Octave-Band Sound Pressure Levels
E2638 Test Method for Objective Measurement of the Speech Privacy Provided by a Closed Room
E2964 Test Method for Measurement of the Normalized Insertion Loss of Doors
ICS Number Code 91.120.20 (Acoustics in buildings. Sound insulation)
UNSPSC Code 30141601(Acoustical insulation)
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ASTM E1374-18e1, Standard Guide for Office Acoustics and Applicable ASTM Standards, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.orgBack to Top