Acoustic wellbeing is a crucial part of any design functionality as it affects the occupants of the space in numerous ways. T&R Interior Systems are dedicated to delivering acoustic solutions with innovative and high performing products. Outlined are some of their most groundbreaking and exciting acoustic products and projects.
Phonic Combo Plus is T&R Interior Systems' most advanced ceiling tile due to its ability to produce a high NRC of 0.85 and a minimum CAC of 42, that can be easily increased to a CAC of 52. The tile comprises two layers of material that are flexibly attached together with an air gap in between. This allows each of the layers to flex and vibrate and to define a cavity. Combo Plus has an attenuating backer that reduces sound transfer over office partitions and reduces rain noise from roofing. If privacy between offices in a commercial setting is of concern, this tile is an excellent choice as it enhances the acoustics of shared working spaces.
One of T&R Interior Systems' most recent developments is the Phonic Acoustic Flush Box. This maximises the acoustic performance of mounting switches and power outlets and is also able to be used back-to-back, which simplifies installation in multi-unit residential projects. It has the addition of an outer flange, designed to seal to the wall lining. This limits air gaps that cause sound leakage while damping vibration in the flush box. The Phonic Flush Box has an intumescent pad installed; the intumescent material expands when exposed to fire. The Phonic Flush box maintains the overall acoustic performance of the wall.
One project that shows how T&R Interior Systems' product range can solve key acoustic design challenges is Chapman Tripp's Wellington office. This project required both beauty and practical consideration of the acoustic environment. T&R worked with the architects at Studio Pacific Architecture to achieve these aims. Bosk perforated timber panels were used in the ceiling for both their acoustic qualities and to maximise design elements. For this project, it was important that the acoustic products felt interesting and matched the desired design aesthetic but didn’t compromise on high quality acoustic treatment.
While this article highlights just a couple of products, and one project, all of T&R’s range has been designed with acoustics at their heart. All of these, along with more case studies, can be seen on T&R's website www.tris.co.nz.
Chapman Tripp, Wellington
Architects: Studio Pacific Architecture
Sub Contractor: NZ Ceilings
Photography: Jason Mann