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IMPACT ACOUSTIC OPENS DOORS

On 22. August we invited selected clients to our newly occupied facilities in Lucerne in the Swiss Alps. We offered an insight to our Design-Studio and production capabilities, accompanied with live performance and good wine.We are looking forward to our official Product Launch Party on 24. October 2019 where we offer a training on room acoustics with Andreas Aretz and introduce our new colour range of 31 colours along with an outlook of how we will rock the acoustic market with new Product Releases in 2020!

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IKEA INNOVATION LAB

Many employees do not like open offices. Yet scores of them continue to be built around the world; after all, open plan designs likely save companies millions per year. Not content with its own open-plan office, Ikea’s innovation lab, Spacon & X decided to create all flexible divisions by using EchoPanel® 12mm. Movable partitions where using EchoCove® MOVE and in meeting rooms, the EchoLED® UMBRA was used as an acoustic and decorative item. Overall, we were able to upcycle around 19’000 PET bottles for the project.

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TRASH HERO WORLD

Inspiring Action on Waste. Trash Hero is an energetic volunteer movement that drives change within communities around the world, motivating and supporting them to clean and prevent plastic waste. To date, they have chapters in 135 locations in 11 countries, with the majority in Southeast Asia. Each group provides opportunities to learn about the environmental impact of single-use plastic first hand at a regular community cleanup. They also promote practical solutions to prevent and manage everyday waste. Many works directly with schools to educate kids. As well as influencing long-term consumer habits, Trash Hero’s activities have an indirect impact on government and corporate decision-makers by creating constituency and market support for change. IMPACT ACOUSTIC is excited to have joined this global movement that brings people together for positive change. Anyone can be a Trash Hero. You too!Find out more

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RAIFFEISEN BANK

With the unique expertise in the field of computational design and digital fabrication our team transformed the design concept of of Studio AGLO Architects into reality. The smooth wave ceiling refers to the nearby lake.

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Bosch

Bosch is now relying on the acoustic elements from IMPACT ACOUSTIC® for flexible use as acoustic ceiling elements, acoustic luminaries, acoustic wall cladding and decorative room dividers. In the last project in Athens we were able to recycle a total of more than 27’000 PET bottles.

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CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD

On two floors, there is a coworking space where, in addition to the decorative acoustic ceiling elements EchoBaffle® WAVE, our EchoSail® ceiling sails were used. The wall coverings in the privacy rooms were lined with EchoPanel® 24mm and the workstations used EchoCove® DESK. Overall, we were able to upcycle around 9,500 PET bottles for the project.

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ELEA by Schibliholenstein Architects

Material modesty, creativity and transparency were the keywords for the design of the premises. A strong colour concept in the corporate colours overlooks the fact that this is basically a very cost-effective conversion. The electrical installations on the ceilings were visibly installed and painted midnight blue.

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Medbase Medical Centre

Surface disinfectants used in the medical sector with a particularly high concentration of propane and didecyldimethylammonium chloride for the treatment of bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi and viruses are optimally suited for cleaning our PET-felt EchoPanel®. Heavy contamination by blood or the like can even be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide in the highest concentration without leaving stains or fading of our colours. Due to the outstanding cleaning properties and the flexible use of our products, Outlog Architektur + Planung AG decided to use EchoPanel®.

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Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen

EchoPanel® 12mm was used to improve the acoustic performance of OpenDesk’s Wiki Booth, a hybrid telephone and solo-working booth. In addition, various room dividers were installed in the offices with our high-performance absorbers. Originally designed as a playful privacy solution, the Wiki Booth provides the perfect quiet corner in co-working spaces and open plan offices.

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ADUNO

Aduno is a great example of client-designer interaction. Impact Acoustic products are strategically located for maximum acoustic absorption results in diff erent areas of the office without compromising design.

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Noise at work is having a negative impact on health and productivity

In a survey of 1,000 UK-based office workers, 65% reported that noise in the workplace impacted on their ability to complete work in an accurate and timely manner. Nearly half (44%) said that noise had a negative impact on their overall wellbeing, with over 40% reporting that noise at work caused them to feel stressed. The ‘Noise and Wellbeing at Work 2019’ survey has been conducted by intelligent business solutions company The Remark Group, supported by environmental psychologist and workplace strategist Dr Nigel Oseland, an honorary senior lecturer at UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. Interestingly, the survey highlighted that 52% of people report they are interrupted by noise distractions more than five times in a working day, with 17% stating that they are interrupted more than 10 times a day. Recent research suggests that every time we are interrupted, it takes 15 minutes to get back in a state of focus. This could mean over an hour of wasted time each day for over half of the workforce, contributing significantly to lost productivity.

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Hate the open office? Think it’s too loud? Enter the ‘phone booth.’

As Generation Z starts entering the workforce, office interior designers are creating flexible workspaces that offer the privacy young workers — those born between 1997 and 2012 — demand. Design experts say privacy is important to this young generation of workers in order to escape the noisiness that has enveloped the open office, so they are drawing inspiration from a surprising place: the phone booth, an obsolete space most members of Gen Z have probably never entered. Tall and narrow “phone booths” are making their way into offices to insulate sound and provide a quiet space where employees can step away for a phone call or to focus on work. Most models have one glass side, but others are all glass, providing a fishbowl-like experience. There’s no built-in phone, but there is a countertop, seat, power outlets, a light and ventilation. The open-office concept was heralded as a way to lower costs and promote interaction and collaboration among employees throughout organizations. But a study last year by Harvard University researchers found, among other things, that workers miss their privacy.

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WUNDERRAUM CO-WORKING SPACE

Wunderraum co-working space provide different work settings that requires different acoustic treatments. Acoustic wall claddings are widely used in shared and open spaces and acoustic dividers are installed in focus areas.

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How China’s plastic waste ban forced a global recycling reckoning

The country once recycled nearly half of the planet’s plastic. Now the world is scrambling to adjust. AFTER IMPORTING NEARLY half of the planet’s plastic recyclables for three decades, China barred the import of most residential recyclables in 2017. The ban is part of its efforts to clean its environment and improve quality of life. Now other countries in Asia are increasing their plastic waste imports, raising environmental concerns about their ability to handle such large volumes of recyclables. Meanwhile, in developed countries many domestic recycling programs have been halted because of the cost.

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