What Our Clients Say

“With over 75 facilities located across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, it is important to me that I partner with a vendor that has a national presence but also provides a single point of contact and Margenau Associates is that vendor.”

Incorporating Sound Masking in LEED Office Design

As more importance is placed on sustainability, today’s offices are being built green. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) defines green buildings as one that have significantly reduced or eliminated negative impacts on the environment and their occupants.

The Acoustical Challenge of Building Green

Some of the acoustical challenges in common green build practices are:

  • Lower furniture panels for more day lighting means less speech privacy
  • Thinner walls for sustainability means less speech privacy
  • Tighter people spacing for higher occupancy levels means less speech privacy
  • HVAC below floor systems are more efficient and quieter therefore providing lower ambient sound level which means less speech privacy

With the ability to value engineer through the use of Acoustical Programming Software, Margenau Associates, Inc. can create the optimum environment for speech privacy and maximize opportunities to reduce build-out materials.

Speech privacy improvements through sound masking systems that deliver white noise and pink noise can qualify for LEED points.

With a prestigious list of Fortune 100 & 500 clients and over 30 Million square feet of projects completed successfully, MAI can provide real world, practical solutions to complicated acoustical problems.

To learn how to have speech privacy in your green building, please contact us.

Speech Privacy

The American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) has approved the use of the Speech Privacy Index (PI) to calculate and measure the acoustical quality of a space.


The oral communications section of this law requires that “reasonable safeguards” be in place to ensure that sensitive health information remains private.

Build Green

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) defines green buildings as one that have significantly reduced negative impacts on the environment.

Audio Security

Audio Security Counter Measure systems are utilized by the most secure facilities in the Nation (SCIF) and private industries to eliminate the possibility of eavesdropping.

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