Armstrong Ceilings has announced the launch of a new education brochure to help architects and specifiers choose appropriate systems for educational settings.
The new education brochure highlights the ceiling systems that make a difference in education facilities by focussing on three key areas – enhancing learning environments through acoustics, creating visual impact through upscale and inspiring solutions, and protecting students and the environment through sustainable building design.
The brochure offers a variety of solutions catering to the needs of individual rooms you might find in an educational building, such as classrooms, hallways, kitchens, entrances and auditoriums. It also covers the importance of good acoustics and good lighting in educational buildings and the benefits that both bring to the learning environment.
In a classroom, Armstrong’s standard range of medium-density ceilings, strikes the right balance between both sound attenuation and sound absorption, blocking unwanted noise from outside while enhancing sound quality inside.
For offices, on the other hand, Armstrong’s dB range of higher-density ceilings minimises noise transfer between rooms, keeping conversations private and staff reassured. And for canteens and libraries, Armstrong’s OP range of lower-density ceilings controls excessive sound reflections, offering customers optimal levels of sound absorption.
In addition, the brochure offers solutions for rooms with varying temperature fluctuations, such as ceilings with resistance to high levels of moisture for kitchens, and easy-to-clean ceilings for the likes of laboratories and cloakrooms.
Armstrong’s new brochure also explains how its Cradle to Cradle certification helps architects specify products that are designed for recycling using manufacturing processes which minimise water consumption, adopt renewable energy strategies and acknowledge social responsibility.
There are also all the details of Armstrong’s pioneering recycling programme for mineral ceiling tiles used in new-build and refurbishments projects contributes to LEED®, BREEAM, HQE, DGNB and Ska credits by including ceiling recycling in construction waste plans.
A test conducted by Dr Kenneth Roy, senior principal research scientist for acoustic technologies at Armstrong, demonstrates the difference a high-performance acoustic ceiling can make in an existing classroom.
A great example of the benefits of Armstrong products in schools is the difference that an Armstrong ceiling made to a classroom at the Robert E Lamberton School in Philadelphia, PA. With a plaster ceiling, concrete block masonry walls and a vinyl tile floor, the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of the ceiling was approximately 0.25. Sound reverberation measurements in the room were found to be an average of 1.08 seconds, far exceeding the ANSI S12.60 maximum acceptable reverberation time of 0.60 seconds.
Following the introduction of an Armstrong School Zone Fine Fissured suspended ceiling, measurements were again taken and the average reverberation time was 0.56 seconds, within the maximum acceptable parameter. In addition, the teacher indicated that since the installation there appeared to be less fidgeting and talking during her lessons and students claimed that it they could hear what the teacher was saying a lot better.
You can find more information about the brochure here.
Armstrong World Industries Limited
1 George Street,
Uxbridge UB8 1QQ
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