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download press release »07/11/2013

New CertainTeed Ceilings Continuing Ed Course Offers Strategies for Maximizing Acoustics in the Workplace

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – Studies have shown that acoustics play an important role in employee satisfaction and performance in the workplace. Without an effective strategy for minimizing noise and providing adequate privacy, businesses are at-risk for lost productivity and employee turnover. A new online training course on office acoustics, now available from CertainTeed Ceilings, provides architects and designers the latest science on how sound affects the way people work and offers strategies for creating optimal interior environments.

The free course, "Acoustic Ceilings for the Modern Office," explains Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC), Sound Transmission Class (STC), and Articulation Class (AC), which are key measurements for designing acoustically efficient spaces in private and open offices. It also explores the role of acoustics in LEED certification and discusses academic research on office environments.

"In an effort to boost employee collaboration, many modern offices have moved toward open-plan designs. However, this type of setup presents unique challenges in balancing productive dialogue with potential disruptions," said Robert Marshall, manager, marketing technical services for CertainTeed Ceilings. "Without a sound acoustical strategy, the daily din of ringing phones, clacking keyboards and hallway conversations can make it difficult to concentrate. This online course addresses these issues and discusses techniques to ensure a productive workplace."

"Acoustic Ceilings for the Modern Office" is registered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System, as well as the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Construction Education Network. It has also been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® professional credentialing program.

CertainTeed offers more than 35 free online courses for professionals that can be used to meet all standards of national and local continuing education learning units. For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/continuinged.

As experts in the science of sound, CertainTeed Ceilings serves as a single source for high-quality ceilings that create acoustically friendly, aesthetically captivating environments. Encompassing the Performa®, Ecophon® and Gyptone® brands along with Decoustics® — a leader in high-precision, custom-engineered solutions — the company offers the perfect balance of innovation, budget and beauty with products that range from basic high-performance panels to premium, customizable systems. Through its Environmental Acoustics™ design and research, CertainTeed Ceilings provides solutions that promote healthier interiors while having a smaller impact on the environment. The company offers ceiling panels with one of the highest concentrations of recycled content in the industry as well as a recycling program for used ceiling panels. CertainTeed Ceilings is the first ceilings manufacturer to issue Environmental Product Declarations through UL Environment and The Green Standard. For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/ceilings.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For five consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012. www.certainteed.com

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