The ABC’s of Acoustic Design

When designing an optimal acoustic environment, architects consider a variety of elements to address noise control and speech privacy.

Elements added either Absorb, Block, or Cover sound, and are collectively called the ABC’s of acoustic design. All of the ABC’s of acoustic design can be used together or individually to achieve the desired acoustic environment…


Acoustic wall panels, carpets and ceiling tiles help to absorb excess sound.


Solid barriers, partitions and walls help block sound.


Sound masking helps to cover up sound.