Acoustic ceiling and wall solutions

The sound around us has a profound effect on our daily lives

Sounds influence our concentration, happiness and, most importantly, our health. An acoustically sound environment can help inspire, engage and calm us. CertainTeed Ceilings is dedicated to helping you find the acoustic solutions you need to create environments where people thrive, achieving their greatest potential. No one else is better equipped than CertainTeed to deliver the acoustics, functional performance and aesthetics that meet your projects’ unique requirements at any budget.

How does noise affect us?

The best acoustic solutions are about the health, well-being and productivity of the individuals in a space. In this video, workplace acoustics experts Paige Hodsman, Office Concept Developer for Ecophon and Dr. Nigel Oseland, Workplace Specialist from WorkPlace Unlimited, discuss psychoacoustics, the affect of noise on people, and why it is an important consideration in design.

Your partner in sound ceiling solutions

In recent years, the design and construction community has learned that sound is far more critical than realized in the past. In fact, it’s so critical, that acoustic comfort is a key element of Indoor Environmental Quality under LEED v4.

But how do you define a comfortable acoustic environment? It depends on the environment. Proper acoustics means sounds are controlled to ensure a space suits the way it is commonly used – whether that be for concentration, collaboration or rest. Fortunately, you don’t have to decipher the complexities of acoustic performance on your own. CertainTeed Ceilings has the knowledge, expertise and resources to make sure you have the right blend of products to manage the sound in your space.

 

The right acoustic features for your space

The most widely used measure of acoustic performance is the Noise Reduction Coefficient or NRC, which indicates sound absorption. Higher NRC values translate to quieter spaces with less reverberation and less distracting background noise from within the room.

The ability of a ceiling to block sound transfer to adjacent spaces is expressed by the Ceiling Attenuation Class or CAC. High CAC values translate to improved speech privacy.

Absorbing sound so the room remains quiet while blocking sound from interfering with adjacent spaces is a careful balancing act. Materials that block sound also tend to reflect it back into a space. To keep noise down and prevent disruption in adjacent spaces, maximize both NRC and CAC.

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In addition to our own brand, we are the north american resource for ecophon® and decoustics®

Ecophon is committed to having a sound effect on people. Ecophon high-density fiberglass ceiling and wall panels are known for clean lines, unique edge details, and variety of designs and shapes, all of which deliver exceptional sound absorption. Ecophon offers sound solutions with a focus on comfort, efficiency and wellbeing.

Dramatic custom forms make even the most elaborate vision possible. Premium acoustic function is disguised by stunning shapes and finishes. Every custom Decoustics solution meets the highest quality standards, exceeding your expectations for resilience, beauty, convenience and acoustical performance.

CertainTeed acoustic ceiling panels take a balanced approach to acoustics, with the perfect combination of sound absorption and sound blocking. Design with confidence, knowing that concentration, collaboration and confidentiality can all live in harmony with the complete acoustic performance of CertainTeed.

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How acoustic treatment affects classrooms

This video clearly demonstrates the acoustic characteristics of four classrooms with varying levels of acoustic treatment in the ceiling. Balloon pops easily distinguish the difference in treatments, from the most acoustically-treated room through the untreated control room.

LEARN MORE

Visit the CertainTeed Ceilings Learning Center for CEUs and other acoustics education resources.

Research shows the essential role noise control plays in successful learning, working and healing.

Classroom acoustics not only affect students’ learning, they influence teacher stress levels and effectiveness. Create acoustically sound classroom and campus environments where students of all ages can communicate, learn and thrive, while teachers can focus on keeping them engaged.

Sound plays a critical role in employees’ psychological and physical well being, affecting their performance. Create healthier, more productive office spaces that strike the ideal balance of communication and concentration, allowing employees to work, think and collaborate to their full potential.

Noise levels in hospitals impact the well being of staff and patients, affecting staff turnover rates and medical errors as well as how patients respond to treatment. Create healthcare environments that allow patients to rest and heal while enabling practitioners to work better, resulting in better outcomes for everyone.

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DESIGN FOR Occupants

How do you design a workplace to serve the productivity of the workforce? Using the right mix of products to support the function of each space is only part of the equation. Learn from our experience as occupants and experts in the new CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain North American headquarters.