A vision from above: Armstrong launches acoustics guide18 December 2006
Armstrong World Industries, one of the world’s leading suppliers of suspended ceiling systems and producer of the i-Ceiling range of ceiling speakers, has launched a series of guides to help specifiers ensure the best possible acoustics for users of all types of spaces.
The easy-to-use, succinct guides are available on a number of topics including general acoustics; the role of ceiling design in passive acoustics; and the role of ceilings in active acoustics. These publications are also supported by a more extensive guide to building acoustics.
The guides demonstrate how sound absorption and sound insulation can be used to fit the end-users needs, that is to say to ensure that an appropriate level of intelligibility, confidentiality, and concentration can be achieved in each individual space. Once these properties are successfully achieved, the degree of comfort experienced by the building’s users is increased, and productivity enhanced.
In producing these guides, Armstrong has drawn on its extensive experience in creating ceiling solutions that deliver clearly-defined levels of acoustical comfort through sound attenuation and absorption, as well as sound masking and enhancement products.
Fred Brenchley, Armstrong’s European Acoustic Specialist, says: "Our new guides are designed to address the daily reality of managing acoustics. Many buildings are subject to regulations or recommendations that specify reverberation, sound or noise limits. These are generally based on furnished, but unoccupied spaces, where office equipment is not in use but full heating and ventilation equipment is. Naturally, when people start using the building the acoustic conditions change and the specified treatment may prove to be inadequate. The new guides from Armstrong help specifiers and installers select the right acoustic treatments for the way the space will actually be used."
This first series of publications will be followed by guides on additional subjects, as well as case studies and project references to provide further illustration on how effective acoustics can be achieved.