High-performing acoustic ceiling solutions designed to inspire

We spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors according to the EPA1. Rockfon minimizes disruptive sound and supports occupant well-being in the workplace.

Modern workplaces are built with high-performing materials and are designed to inspire. Office design should contribute to employee well-being and job satisfaction. With more than 90 percent of an organization's operating costs linked to employee efficiency2, it’s critical to create spaces that attract and retain talent. Office ceiling systems can have a positive effect on the bottom line3. Ceiling designs for offices must optimize the acoustics through a high Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC)4, enhance the design and appearance and support sustainability. Designers and building owners face strict requirements like LEED, WELL and Green Globes™. Acoustic performance is one of the many metrics that must meet building standards and rating systems. With stone wool and metal acoustic ceiling tiles that work within Rockfon suspension systems, architects and designers have the freedom to create the perfect ceiling solution for both new construction and renovation projects that help meet building requirements.

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Safety and Sustainability

The right ceiling creates a happy and healthy environment for years to come.

Above all else, workplaces must be safe. Withstanding extreme temperatures of 2150°F (1177°C), stone wool does not easily melt, burn or create significant smoke. Rockfon’s ceiling tiles are best-in-class for fire and smoke safety, ensuring the strictest requirements are met with a maximum Flame Spread Index of 0 and a maximum Smoke Development Index of 5. All our stone wool ceiling panels are UL tested for fire performance.

Rockfon stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles are moisture resistant and lack 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 can reduce maintenance costs. Rockfon’s ceiling tiles won’t need replacing due to mold concerns or sag caused by moisture and are backed by a 30 year warranty. Rockfon is committed to creating ceiling solutions that put safety first without sacrificing longevity or maintenance needs. The acoustic benefits of stone wool contribute the well-being of employees as they need space to focus, collaborate and achieve.

Our product transparency is supported with documentation such as Environmental product declarations (EPDs), Health product declarations (HPDs), Declare labels, UL® Environment’s GREENGUARD Gold certification for low-emitting materials, recycled content and more. Our product transparency supports achieving Green building standards and certification programs, including the Living Building Challenge, the WELL Building Standard™, Green Globes™, and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® 09 and v4, among others. These programs are establishing sustainability design standards and criteria for building materials, resources, products and environmental impact.

50% of employees said noise keeps them from being as productive as they could be in an open-plan office.

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Improving employee experience through acoustic ceiling tiles

The category that ranks the lowest in employee satisfaction in the workplace is acoustic experience. More than half of office workers reported that they are dissatisfied with their level of “speech privacy,” making it the leading complaint in offices everywhere5.

Employees need workspaces that encourage both team cooperation and individual efficiency. Office workers spend 62 percent of their time doing quiet work6. Their concentration and comfort are affected directly by the noise within their surrounding environments. This, in turn, influences their accuracy, efficiency, productivity and well-being. Even small changes in their acoustic experience may have a significant impact on employee well-being. Sound-absorbing, high-NRC (.80 and above) acoustic ceiling panels also help to reduce unwanted noise and its negative impact on occupants in large, open office and co-working spaces. Office ceiling tiles that absorb sound at high performance levels also meet today's strict acoustics standards.7

Start designing your acoustic experience

Optimal acoustic design can be accomplished with three steps: 

1. Select a high NRC Rockfon suspended ceiling tile to optimize acoustic absorption, taking into consideration standards such as LEED or WELL.

2. Where needed, use wall or plenum barriers to optimize sound insulation.

3. Ensure background sound level is within the desired range.

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Convey corporate culture through workplace design

Design influences the way people perform and feel in their workplace. The color, surfaces, sizes and profiles of ceilings in office environments can have a profound impact on employee experience and corporate culture.

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With contentment and productivity being linked to natural light, a ceiling solution must offer the ideal amount of reflectance.8 White stone wool acoustic ceiling tiles have a smooth, modern aesthetic that reflect up to 86% of all available light, limiting hot spots and glare. For a more colorful workplace experience, designers can choose ceiling tiles and panels like Rockfon® Color-all™. Office ceilings influence the mood of a space – fostering harmony, infusing energy or reinforcing a corporate brand identity. A choice of microtextured or smooth matte surfaces adds the right touch of character through visual weight, depth and light. Ceiling tile and panels can be designed as effective wayfinding to guide people through an office space or to define and separate distinctive workplace departments and functions. Metal panels, linear and curved shapes, or fibral baffles from Rockfon offer the design freedom to create spaces that inspire.