Indoor Air Quality
The World Health Organization reports that 30% of new and renovated buildings receive excessive complaints related to indoor air quality.
In addition, poor air quality, and elevated temperatures, consistently lowered employee performance by up to 10%.
Armstrong ceiling products
- achieve low or very low VOC and formaldehyde emission levels (Tested by CETEC Laboratories to satisfy Green Star IEQ).
- have all been classified E1 for formaldehyde (best test result possible).
- for a large majority, achieve A+ (the best performance level under the stringent French VOC labeling system).
GOOD TO KNOW
Low VOC emission ceiling products contribute to Green Star, LEED®, BREEAM, and WELL Building Standard credits.
IN CERTAIN INDOOR SPACES SUCH AS LABORATORIES
It is essential to limit the number of airborne particles by creating a Clean Room-type environment using products certified in accordance with ISO 14644-1.
Armstrong offers solutions for areas requiring minimal to the most stringent requirements.
In a recent study 77% of people prefer quiet when they need to concentrate and 53% of workers are distracted by others when trying to focus. Speech has been identified as the most distracting sound, but all other sources have an effect.
In all types of spaces, choosing the right acoustical ceiling solution, whether the requirement is for intelligibility, concentration or confidentiality will ultimately enhance the end user's overall comfort.
COLLABORATION AREAS: Ceiling clouds, canopies, and vertical baffles are appropriate solutions to complement low/high furniture systems within and between areas. Select high sound absorptive products with NRC ≥ 0.70 such as Ultima+, Perla OP or Soundscapes / Baffles.
FOCUS AREAS: High to mid absorption and Attenuation rated ceilings, moderate to high furniture panels, and electronic sound masking are all design elements to consider. Select ceiling systems with Total Acoustics performance: NRC + CAC (such as Ultima+, Perla OP dB or MetalWorks with B19 Infills)
PRIVACY AREAS: High attenuation and moderate absorption rated ceilings, high attenuation rated walls, and electronic sound masking are all design elements to consider. Select ceiling systems with Total Acoustics performance: NRC + CAC (such as Ultima+, Perla OP dB or MetalWorks with B19 Infills)
Download Armstrong Green Building Rating Tool Performance Tables for acoustical values.
Achieving the right acoustics for specific rooms is recognised in GREEN STAR, LEED®, BREEAM and WELL Building Standards.
The light reflectance of the ceiling, floor and wall surfaces play the second most important role for overall illumination of the room, directly affecting working comfort, wellbeing and productivity.
Specifying high light reflectance ceilings contributes to GREEN STAR, LEED®, BREEAM and WELL Building Standards credits.
A well-designed ceiling with high light reflectance:
- Improves space illumination, allowing for fewer light fixtures
- Reduces electrical light output and lowers maintenance costs
- Reduces cooling load
Island ceilings, such as Soundscapes Clouds & Canopies, installed over a working place improve the light reflection for better comfort for the end user.
Download Armstrong Green Building Rating Tool Performance Tables for light reflectance values.