Effects of noise on productivity

Does performance decrease over time?

Jessica Errett, Erica Ryherd, Marc Choiniere, Lily M Wang

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Abstract

Most people at one time or another have found themselves irritated or distracted by the background noise in a building. The irritation might have resulted in minor aggravation or may have been dramatic enough to hinder their work. This leads us to ask whether occupants are increasingly aggravated by noise the longer they are exposed to it, or if they naturally habituate to their acoustic environment. In an effort to answer this question, a study was completed in the "Indoor Environment Lab" at the University of Nebraska. This lab resembles a typical office and was specially constructed to be acoustically and thermally controlled. Subjects completed 38 total hours of testing in the lab over multiple days, during which time they were exposed to several background noise conditions over 20, 40, 80, and 240 minute trials. During the trials, subjects completed a variety of performance tasks and answered questions about their perception of the noise, the thermal environment and various other factors. End results aid in understanding the prolonged effects of typical heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) noise on worker productivity and annoyance. Copyright ASCE 2006.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAEI 2006
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference
Number of pages1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 29 2006
EventAEI 2006 - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Mar 29 2006Apr 1 2006

Publication series

NameAEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference
Volume2006

Conference

ConferenceAEI 2006
CountryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE
Period3/29/064/1/06

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Acoustic noise
Productivity
Acoustics
Heating
Testing
Hot Temperature

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  • Engineering(all)

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Errett, J., Ryherd, E., Choiniere, M., & Wang, L. M. (2006). Effects of noise on productivity: Does performance decrease over time? In AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference (AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference; Vol. 2006). https://doi.org/10.1061/40798(190)18

Effects of noise on productivity : Does performance decrease over time? / Errett, Jessica; Ryherd, Erica; Choiniere, Marc; Wang, Lily M.

AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference. 2006. (AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference; Vol. 2006).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Errett, J, Ryherd, E, Choiniere, M & Wang, LM 2006, Effects of noise on productivity: Does performance decrease over time? in AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference. AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference, vol. 2006, AEI 2006, Omaha, NE, United States, 3/29/06. https://doi.org/10.1061/40798(190)18
Errett J, Ryherd E, Choiniere M, Wang LM. Effects of noise on productivity: Does performance decrease over time? In AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference. 2006. (AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference). https://doi.org/10.1061/40798(190)18
Errett, Jessica ; Ryherd, Erica ; Choiniere, Marc ; Wang, Lily M. / Effects of noise on productivity : Does performance decrease over time?. AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference. 2006. (AEI 2006: Building Integration Solutions - Proceedings of the 2006 Architectural Engineering National Conference).
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