Acoustic Ceilings 101
Design and Material Options
The increase in open plan living and workspaces results in much more chaotic sound sources, including multiple people conversing at once, noisy equipment and machinery, and other disturbances that can affect the health and wellbeing of users. These challenges require designers to consider a range of acoustic treatments and how they will impact the acoustic quality of the space and take greater care when selecting surfaces and building materials.
It can be difficult to focus and maintain attention spans when there is both internal noise from nearby spaces and external noise from outside sources. Reverberated noise in the internal environment can have a negative impact on productivity as well as mood and health if it is not controlled.
Over the years, acoustic ceiling products have proven to be an effective, go-to design solution to provide a quieter work or learning environment thanks to their ability to absorb sound over a large area. They have found applications in a variety of environments for both businesses (in workspaces, conference rooms, schools, restaurants, and healthcare facilities) and residences (in home offices, home theatres and bedrooms).
In this whitepaper, we consider the importance of acoustics in modern building design and take a deep dive into design and material options for acoustic ceiling treatments.