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Safety and Sustainability Considerations for Suspended Ceiling Systems

22 January 2019

Download a free reprint of Rockfon’s article in Construction Canada magazine on “Considerations for Suspended Ceiling Systems”

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Rockfon Sonar® and Chicago Metallic® 4000 Tempra™ 9/16" enhance this secluded conference room in Aercoustics

Selecting ceiling suspension systems is based on the strength of components, ease of installation and aesthetics, as well as safety and sustainability. Drawing from more than 30 years of industry experience, Rockfon’s architectural sales manager in Ontario, Isabelle Champagne, CTR, details the history of ceiling grid systems, their selection criteria and project examples from Canada.

Please click here to download a copy of Construction Canada’s article, “Considerations for Suspended Ceiling Systems.”

Safety considerations

Suspended ceiling systems affect nearly every commercial interior space and several exterior applications. These non-structural components play an important role in safety. In the unlikely event of a fire or earthquake, they can add valuable extra time for safe egress and can reduce property damage.

To help protect people and property during seismic events, Isabelle’s article shares explains key requirements from the most current National Building Code of Canada issued in 2015.

90 Elgin, Ottawa, Canada, 34.123 m2, Rockfon Specialty Metal Ceilings, Chicago Metallic, Dialog, David S. McRobie Architects (DSMA), Ron Engineering and Construction/State of the Art Acoustik Inc., The Great-West Life Assurance Company (Building), Government of Canada (Land), Advance Drywall Ltd./Morin Bros. Builiding Supplies, LEED, Bochsler Creative Solutions, Razor Edge Infinity, Planostile Lay-in, SpanAir Hook-On, Reveal, 24" x 48", Satin Silver, WoodScenes Lazy Maple, 4600 Ultraline

Rockfon® Planostile™ Lay-in perforated panels and matching Rockfon® Infinity™ perimter trim give this island installation a modern edge

Real-word applications

Beyond building codes and safety, ceiling suspension systems contribute to the desired look and experience of the finished ceiling. Using stone wool and metal ceiling panels, suspended ceiling systems help achieve a project’s goals for acoustic performance, light reflectance and sustainability.

The Construction Canada article shared two examples from Ontario: 

  • Aercoustics Engineering offices in Mississauga, which transformed a former warehouse space into a modern, acoustically comfortable, brightly lit office
  • James Michael Flaherty Building in Ottawa, which provided met this new federal building’s requirements for comfort, safety, durability and sustainability including LEED Gold criteria

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About Rockfon

We provide customers with a complete ceiling system offer, combining stone wool ceiling panels with suspension grids and accessories. Our ceiling systems are a fast and simple way to create beautiful, comfortable spaces. Easy to install and durable, they protect people from noise and the spread of fire while making a constructive contribution toward a sustainable future.