Excellent acoustic design is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury. From performance quality in auditoriums to employee productivity in office settings, acoustics impacts almost every large-scale architectural project. Using the science behind sound to create a desired acoustical performance within a specific building is complex. There is no single “acoustical solution” that is universally applicable to building design.
Every building has its own environment that offers its individual requirements of acoustical parameters. Understanding the differences and knowing how to use building materials and system design are factors to achieve exceptional acoustical design.
What are Acoustic Panel Systems?
Acoustic wall and ceiling panel systems are some of the widely used elements to achieve successful acoustical design.
These systems are made of sound-absorbing materials, such as mineral wool or foam. They are contained between decorative outer panels that can be made of perforated metal, fabric, interior wood panelling or other materials.
The material in the outer panels can be selected for its decorative value, and at times, for its durability to withstand impact of certain materials in high-activity locations, like sports halls. The outer panels can be fixed into walls or ceilings to provide noise control with a stylish architectural finish.
How Do Acoustic Panel Systems Work?
When sound waves hit a solid surface, they bounce back as echoes. In a large indoor room, this creates reverberation, which is made stronger if more solid surfaces are present in the room for sound to bounce off. This is why concrete stairwells or underground parking lots are particularly prone to echoes.
Acoustic panels are designed to trap the sound waves and prevent them from echoing. An acoustic panel uses its porous outer surface that allows the sound to penetrate the material of the outer layer, facilitating sound absorption. This happens because the sound waves cause the material of the outer layer to vibrate and generate a small amount of heat. In effect, the sound is converted into heat, which is easily absorbed, thus creating a quieter environment.
Integrating Acoustic Design in Architectural Plans
Including acoustic panels begins during the design phase. Many architects recommend taking note of several sound specifications of the building or room. Identifying decibel levels and optimal sound penetration for various building systems is largely helpful during the building process.
Acoustic requirements may include customised ceiling or wall shapes, such as in an angled acoustic ceiling in theatres. Documenting the soundproofing specifications is important in choosing the right in-wall equipment, noise dampening kits and floor underlayments.
Using Supacoustic Panel Systems
If you are looking for a versatile, decorative acoustic wall and ceiling panel system, Supawood is at your service. Our Supacoustic range addresses noise reverberation issues in sports centres, churches, shopping centres, call centres and other indoor high activity areas. We have options to suit any decor and budget.
Supacoustic panels come in various configurations such as perforated, slotted and creative patterns. We can also customise configurations based on your specifications. The panels are available in a wide range of laminates or natural timber veneers, or polyurethane solid colour and metallic finishes.
Call 1800 002 123 to know more about our Supacoustic range.