Poor or incorrect acoustic treatment of a learning environment's surfaces can have significant effects on a learner's ability to absorb and comprehend — for both children and adults. Room size, activities and the position of teacher in relation to the students can all require different applications of treatment for surfaces. Also, some surfaces such as glass or dedicated board areas may not be able to be altered to assist in achieving the right balance for that specific environment.
Ceilings are one of the areas that, particularly at design stage, can be selected with input from acoustical consultants, as a practical plane where the correct material can be used to provide some acoustic control. As such, education designers have found it easy to use USG Boral's range of ceiling systems to achieve the desired mix of acoustical absorption, whether through all acoustical absorption, all plasterboard, or a more common mix of acoustical tile, and plasterboard as a reflector.
USG Boral's Mars ClimaPlus acoustical tiles with Donn Brand seismic grid systems provide a high performance acoustical absorber where needed that can also combine with Nova White plasterboard tiles where sound reflectance is desirable, all in the simple Donn exposed grid seismic ceiling system — resulting in acoustic control and seismic safety.
If a smooth monolithic plasterboard area is preferred to tiles, USG Boral's Drywall Grid system simply connects to the Donn grid, and then USG Boral Sheetrock Brand plasterboard is screw-attached, providing seamless integration of the two systems.
For system design assistance and seismic solutions, 0800 USGBORAL or visit the USG Boral website.