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
- 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).
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Low VOC emission ceiling products contribute to LEED®, BREEAM, HQE, DGNB, WELL Building Standard and Ska 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 absorptive products (up to 1.00 αw with OP range & OPTIMA L CANOPIES)
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 high attenuation performance (up to 43dB for ULTIMA+ dB planks)
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 high attenuation performance (up to 43dB for ULTIMA+ dB planks)
Download Armstrong Green Building Rating Tool Performance Tables for acoustical values.
Achieving the right acoustics for specific rooms is recognised in LEED®, BREEAM, HQE, DGNB, WELL Building Standard and Ska
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 LEED®, BREEAM, HQE, DGNB, WELL Building Standard and Ska 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 OPTIMA L 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.
An analysis in 2006 of 24 studies on the relationship between temperature and performance indicated a 10% reduction in performance at both 300C and 150C compared with a baseline between 210C and 230C, leaving little doubt as to the impact thermal comfort has on office occupants.
The thermal mass of the buildings structure absorbs daytime thermal gains. During the night time, the heat stored in the thermal mass of the building is released back to the room. Contact between the air within the room and the buildings thermal mass is needed in order for thermal transfer to occur.
Island ceilings provide an ideal solution in these instances. How? By adding design elements to a space and helping to maintain acoustical and visual comfort.
- Offers a choice of material: mineral, wood and metal
- Available in a large range of shapes and sizes
- Are very easy to install and dismantle, enabling easy re-location and reuse.