Effect of open-plan office noise on occupant comfort and performance

Jørn Toftum, Søren Lund, Jesper Kristiansen, Geo Clausen

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This study investigated effects on comfort, symptoms, and office work performance of exposure to office noise. Forty-nine subjects who were employees working in open-plan offices participated in two full-day experiments simulating an ordinary work day; one day with and one day without exposure to pre-recorded office noise. Exposure to office noise affected negatively ratings of adverse perceptions, selected symptoms, and self-assessed performance, but not the performance of the simulated office tasks. Occupants who in their daily work were disturbed by open-plan office noise were less tolerant to the noise exposure than those who were not.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 8 Jul 201212 Jul 2012
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings
LocationBrisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Paper no. 6E.1.


  • Noise exposure
  • Simulated office work
  • Laboratory study

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