1 Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark2 Acoustic Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark3 Lloyd’s Register Consulting
The subjective concept of acoustic comfort in eating establishments has been investigated in this study. The goal was to develop a predictive model for the acoustic comfort, by means of simple objective parameters, while also examining which other subjective acoustic parameters could help explain the feeling of acoustic comfort. Through several layers of anal ysis, acoustic comfort was found to be rather complex, and could not be explained entirely by common subjective parameters such as annoyance, intelligibility or privacy. A predictive model for the mean acoustic comfort for an eating establishment was obtai ned through linear regression, though a small sample size gave rise to discussions about the sturdiness of the model.