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New CertainTeed Continuing Ed Course Offers Best Practices in Acoustical Ceiling Design for Classrooms

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – Acoustics play an important role in establishing the comfort of a room just as the heating and cooling system provides physical comfort by controlling temperature. Unlike the temperature, however, the acoustical comfort of a room is not well understood by the general public. A new online training course on classroom acoustics now available from CertainTeed Ceilings provides architects and designers the latest science on the role of proper sound control in student learning.

Specifically, the free course, “Ceilings: Classroom Acoustics,” examines topics including noise sources in an educational environment, signal-to-noise ratio, speech intelligibility testing, relative decibel levels, academic studies on classroom acoustics, and classroom noise and sound absorption as they relate to LEED.

“Good acoustics in our classrooms is as important as proper lighting and indoor air when it comes to ensuring quality education,” said Dawn Chittick, director of marketing for CertainTeed Ceilings. “This course is designed to provide the architectural community with the latest information on how proper acoustical control measures can improve student comprehension and contribute to LEED goals.”

The program has been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) professional credentialing program, and is also registered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System. The course offers one credit hour toward professional education requirements and qualifies for Health, Safety and Welfare credit through AIA.

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

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 emphasis on Environmental Acoustics™ design and research, CertainTeed Ceilings provides solutions that promote healthier interiors, while having a smaller impact on the environment, which includes ceiling products with one of the highest concentrations of recycled content in the industry as well as a recycling program for used ceiling panels. The company is the first ceilings manufacturer to issue Environmental Product Declarations through UL Environment and The Green Standard. For more information, visit

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, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

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.