The Book of Acoustics

7.0 How to design with acoustics

7.5 Budget considerations

In design project budgets, often too little priority is given to acoustics. After all, acoustics is an invisible design element that you feel rather than visually experience. Here are some key considerations when working with a modest budget.

  1. Plan for acoustics early
    For newly constructed spaces, you have the opportunity to make proactive design decisions that prevent expensive problem-solving later on.
  2. Define expectations
    Often, achieving the platinum standard of room acoustics is unnecessary. If you aren’t designing a concert hall, you may be able to set the bar at least a little bit lower. Prioritise the areas that need treatment most. For example, a room that is rarely used may require less treatment than a popular meeting room or frequently traveled hallway.
  3. Don’t waste product
    Carefully calculating the actual treatment needs of a room can save a lot of money. This can be done with help from an acoustician or a calculation tool provided by a treatment supplier.
  4. Mix cheaper materials with more expensive ones
    If the space allows, it could be an option to integrate some cheaper materials and hide them out of sight while featuring beautiful and expensive materials where people can actually see them.
  5. Consider the return on investment
    What you put in, in terms of money and effort, you ultimately get back in the form of happier, healthier and more productive people.

The Book of Acoustics

This is a handbook for architects and interior designers who want to create acoustically beautiful spaces that make people feel happier, healthier and more productive.