Ceiling Systems for High Performing Schools
Good acoustics throughout a school can have a life-changing impact. Designing with the right ceiling makes a big difference of occupants of all ages.
Rockfon stone wool acoustic ceiling and wall solutions help create beautiful, comfortable spaces. Discover how the Rockfon acoustics approach helps you design to standards like LEED, WELL, and FGI.
Children are often the most susceptible to pollutants emitted from building materials. This is because children breathe in more air and, as a result, are absorbing more chemicals that can be harmful to their growing bodies. Since most children spend the majority of their year inside school buildings, these projects deserve extra attention for IAQ.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency found that up to half of the schools in the U.S. have problems linked to poor indoor air quality.3 Rockfon offers a solution with products that are GREENGUARD Gold Certified for low VOCs.
What if as a student you could hear only 75 percent of the words spoken to you? What if as a ______ you could ___ only 75 percent of the ____ spoken to you?
Airplanes flying overhead, students passing through the halls and reverberation combine to form classroom noise. The acoustics inside education spaces have been proven to impact everything, from the ability of students to focus and understand teachers, to motivation, sleep and teacher job satisfaction.5 Designing a space that promotes learning requires optimized acoustics that consider the purpose of the space and sources of noise. Using materials with high Noise Reduction Coefficients (NRC) ensures sound absorption that reduces noise levels and reverberation time, ultimately improving speech intelligibility and acoustic comfort. Rockfon stone wool and metal ceiling solutions are purpose-built to provide optimal acoustic performance in complex spaces by providing superior sound absorption with NRC ratings up to 0.95.
In schools, moisture poses risks to both the safety and durability of ceilings. If ceiling tiles are affected by humidity, they risk mold growth and sagging tiles. In one Illinois school, mold issues forced it to close for 18 months and spend over $29 million in mold removal.8 Ceiling systems can play an important role in lessening the risk of mold issues.
Stone wool is naturally moisture resistant and lacks the nutritional properties to support harmful microorganisms, like mold and bacteria. Not only does this maintain indoor air quality, which is important when building for vulnerable populations, it reduces maintenance costs. Rockfon’s ceiling tiles won’t need replacing due to mold concerns or sag caused by moisture. Rockfon is committed to creating ceiling solutions that put safety first without sacrificing longevity or maintenance needs.