Ceiling Design for Schools

Impact teaching and learning

Whether it’s a K-12 classroom or student union, specifying ceilings for education spaces comes with a unique set of challenges. CertainTeed Ceilings can help you find creative ways to balance acoustic performance, durability, and design — and stay within budget.

Sound Classrooms

As much as 60% of all classroom activities involve speaking and listening, making acoustic clarity vital to the learning process. It’s an essential component of occupant comfort — one that not only affects students’ learning, but influences teachers’ stress levels, performance and job satisfaction. Many CertainTeed ceilings meet the classroom acoustic prerequisite included in LEED v4 for Schools (NRC of 0.70), and help to 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.

Benefits that matter most to students, teachers, parents and administrators

In typical US classrooms, one out of every four words spoken can’t be understood. In the back row, it’s as many as one half. Reducing reverberation time and distracting background noise in classrooms has been shown to improve everything from reading scores and spelling skills to attention span and behavior.

Acoustic performance is just one element of a healthy indoor environment. CertainTeed offers a wide range of ceiling products that not only meet or exceed LEED v4 standards for acoustics, they also qualify as low-emitting materials, for improved indoor air quality.

Teachers often try to compensate for loud rooms by raising their voices, but this is ineffective in overcoming the realities of noise buildup. Proper design can alleviate the noise caused by excessive reverberation time in cafeterias, auditoriums and other spaces where occupants speak louder and louder to hear each other.

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Excellent sound absorption and reduced reverberation are necessary for enhanced speech intelligibility to improve speech comprehension and language development, but careful budget stewardship must be maintained.

Excellent sound absorption and containment are required to keep lunchroom noise under control. Cleanable surfaces ensure easy maintenance.

Impact resistance and moisture resistance are as important as sound absorption and reduced reverberation for the comfort of students in the most active of education spaces.

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High profile performance spaces require extra attention to both aesthetics and acoustics. A careful balance must be created between sound absorption and deflection to ensure sound stays clear and vibrant throughout the space.

Sustainability is especially important to stakeholders in higher education. Ceiling and wall panels with low VOCs as well as excellent sound absorption and reduced reverberation are ideal.

Like auditoriums, large lecture halls must be designed to control sound so that the spoken word is as clear in the last row as it is in the first. Acoustic performance and superior indoor air quality matter.

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Sustainability information and documentation for your education projects.

Find sustainable ceilings products for your education project based on environmental characteristics, process LEED letters, and access documentation required for project submittals through EcoScorecard.

LEED v4 rewards designers and builders for selecting products with Health Product Declarations and Environmental Product Declarations. Access our transparency documents for your project.

The SmartBIM tool embeds all of the environmental data included in ecoScorecard into the product’s BIM object, allowing you to search, select and download product model by keyword, name or CSI section in a few simple steps.

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