Do you have noise transmission problems in your residential and commercial buildings? Has there been a critical component left out of the design of your buildings?
With an extensive range of noise barriers that controls airborne and impact sound transmission, we offer bespoke sound solutions to the most complex acoustic problems affecting all sectors including residential, commercial, education and industrial sectors.
We’ve revolutionised the way we manage, control and cope with sound.
Our unique and patented acoustic barrier technology is designed to exceed industry standards, for guaranteed quiet comfort in various applications.
Acoustica’s AcoustiFlex®SQ noise barrier is highly effective against external noise from aircraft, motor vehicles, rail transportation, neighbouring properties and adjoining offices. Greatly reduces noise at construction sites when hung from an overhead structure or draped over temporary fencing. Available as AcoustiFlex® SQ 27, AcoustiFlex® SQ 29 and AcoustiFlex® SQ 31. AcoustiFlex®SQ consists of a flexible micro-cellular membrane bonded to an aluminium facing foil and reinforced polyester backing.
The AcoustiFlex noise barrier has a matching acoustic performance of Rw 27 for the AcoustiFlex® SQ 27, Rw 29 for the AcoustiFlex® SQ 29 and Rw 31 for the AcoustiFlex® SQ 31.
The AcoustiFlex®SQ has extremely good sound attenuation over the full frequency spectrum.
AcoustiFlex®SQ has been certified by the CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering as Group 1 Fire Rated. Typical applications include: – Highly effective in ceilings/roofs against overhead aircraft noise and rain; Reduces external noise from traffic, trains and neighbours by treating walls and ceilings; Contains internal noise within home theatres, entertainment areas and machinery rooms; Provides confidentiality and privacy in offices, meeting rooms, doctors and lawyers consulting rooms; Portable acoustic screens; Greatly reduces noise at construction sites when hung from an overhead structure or draped over temporary fencing to create an acoustic barrier.
GreenLAG® pipe lagging was developed to contain the intrusive noise generated by the turbulent flow of liquids through pipes, fittings and general noise break-out from duct work, fan housings and valves in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Incorporating the ‘QuietWave®’ technology, a revolutionary noise barrier our tests have shown that a flexible and cellular structure noise barrier increases ‘Vibration Dampening’ and thus for a given weight and thickness will achieve a better STL (Sound Transmission Loss). This is one of the reasons GreenLAG® is substantially lighter than other thicker products.
Another direct consequence of material thickness, is the reduction of the ‘Vibrations Radiating Surface’, when lagged over pipe. GreenLAG exceeds the acoustic requirements set out in the BCA 2011 (Ref. F5.6) for habitable & non-habitable rooms:
- Exceeds Rw+Ctr 40 for habitable rooms
- Exceeds Rw+Ctr 25 for non-habitable rooms
GreenLAG® ticks all the boxes for health, safety, ease and economy of installation, acoustic performance and material saving and conservation.
CurtainWave® SQ is the easy and simple way to block out sound using existing curtains and window décor.
A high-performance noise barrier and vibration damping material, CurtainWave®SQ is effective at blocking noise even in heavily glazed rooms. CurtainWave® SQ is a flexible noise barrier and vibration damping material. CurtainWave® SQ was designed for backing curtains to increase the noise attenuation given by glass.
It is like installing a double-glazing system with the advantage to also blocking sunlight. CurtainWave® can be directly sewn onto the curtain material or attached to a separate fabric or ‘block-out’ material.
Due to its patented micro-cellular composition, CurtainWave SQ achieves the same acoustic rating as a mass loaded flexible nose barrier 2 x heavier, i.e. 4.5kg/m2. CurtainWave is only 2.3kg/m2 (nominal).
CurtainWave has a tested* acoustic rating of Rw 27.
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Hufcor is the industry leader in movable partition sound management, and Series 600, 5000 and 8000 moveable partitions come in a very wide range of construction styles that minimize sound transition or absorb sound to minimize sound room reflection. At Hufcor our products are tested in either a NATA approved testing facility in accordance with AS1191-1985 here in Australia or in our USA sound laboratory in accordance with ASTM E90 and ISO 10140-2 for sound blocking and ASTM 423 for sound absorption to ensure they meet or exceed our published acoustical ratings. Our USA laboratory is certified by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Testing Lab Code 100239-0), and we undergo regular inspection to make certain we adhere to their strict regulations.
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As education facilities evolve into more flexible spaces, operable walls and sliding doors are a great way to achieve the flexibility required to cater for different teaching pedagogies .An operable wall divides available space enabling flexibility whilst sound rated panels still allow for effective noise control. When sound waves strike a partition, some are reflected from the surface staying in the same room as the source of the sound.
Flexible Properties of Space Fluidity represents the design of space for the flow of individuals, sight, sound, and air. Open spaces lend themselves to fluidity, yet can hinder fluidity if they are oppressive in their expansiveness. In such cases, a well-placed operable wall is ideal. For example, an operable wall can increase a sense of intimacy while triggering curiosity for the space that flows beyond. Such a space then become more engaging and less overwhelming. Such fluidity also allows for versatility and convertibility in to multi-purpose rooms. Educators must often convert spaces to accommodate for changes in enrolment, curriculum, or pedagogy. Space designed for convertibility requires an imagination for future eventualities. It should possess a degree of modularity and open-endedness at a structural level which is open to re-design for future modifications. Modifiable spaces are spaces that invite imaginative experimentation. The design of such spaces requires much forethought, because these spaces must take into account many structural dependencies such as ceiling configuration for lighting and air circulation, and floor materials for ease of partition movement.
As flexible and efficient space utilisation is becoming a must, intelligent solutions are needed that facilitate multi-functional room configuration combined with openness and, when required, transparency as well. Operable wall systems give the benefits of natural light along with sound insulated rooms.
Movable, interlocking panels suspended from an overhead track system should be;
- Sound rated panels for effective noise control
- Available in paired (folding) and individual (omni-directional) configurations
- Can include access doors for easy entry and exit
- Blend with a room’s aesthetics, similar to a permanent wall when extended.
- Available in a wide range of colours and finishes, including:
- Vinyl, fabric, veneer
- Combination of either, glass (for visual interconnectivity) or non-transparent substrates for privacy
- Sliding top mounted glass framed doors.
According to Michael Horn who is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute in the USA, the classroom as we know it will cease to exist. Students will no longer be sorted together in a room with one teacher in the front. Students will best learn in student centered environments, where their individual needs are met. In order to achieve this goal, it is critical that the physical space is able to be manipulated to align with the principles of student agency, flexibility, and choice that are the core of new learning models. Operable walls are the optimal solution.
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AngelStep® features unique patented technology that combines a sound absorber with impact and vibration damping, to consistently achieve up to the highest 6-star acoustic rating dependent on installation.
AngelStep® GOLD8 is a universal acoustic underlay optimised for all types of floors from timber to bamboo, carpet, parquetry, cork and vinyl. Underfloor heating compatible, AngelStep® GOLD8 combines a high-density sound absorber and cross-linked micro-cellular foam for maximum performance. Its aluminium gold facing can be used up or down for a variable underfloor feel. Dependent on the floor finish, Acoustica will advise if an intermediate layer such as plywood or fibrous cement substrate will need to be installed.
• Maximum acoustic results
Achieve the highest acoustic rating for all types of floors
• Optimised for flooring type
Use AngelStep® GOLD8 foil facing up or down for a harder or softer underfoot feel
• Durable and long-lasting
Moisture and rot resistant, will last the life of any floors
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Polytec Compact laminate is the ultimate in long lasting, low maintenance decorative panels for the most demanding and hardworking environments.
The surface of Polytec’s Compact laminate is made from a stain-resistant melamine based resin. The toughness and high impermeability of this surface means that Polytec’s Compact laminate should require no more than wiping with a soft cloth, dampened with plain water or a household detergent mix to remove all common classroom spills. For more stubborn stains use a mild household cleaning spray.
Long-lasting, low-maintenance, decorative panel, Polytec’s Compact laminate is a go-to product for the most demanding professional interior and external joinery environments. Manufactured from quality materials embeds Polytec’s Compact laminate with excellent technical characteristics. It is totally impervious to water and has outstanding impact, stain and wear resistance, along with excellent hygienic properties. Characterised by a distinctive black core, Compact laminate holds extra appeal on the aesthetic front and as a structurally sound material. The introduction of the new Smooth finish in three new stone colours into Polytec’s Compact laminate range avails exciting new design possibilities for commercial projects.
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The Arens Smart Switch controller is ideal if you require a manual open and close option for high level windows in school buildings.
Integration with other building systems is possible and allows for high level windows to be opened and closed as these systems see fit. This provides for a degree of control over the natural ventilation system that may not exist if you are solely relying on occupants to operate these windows. It is compatible with the complete range of Arens Electric Chain Winders and Linear Actuators.
Smart switch controllers are low-force tactile switches that;
- May be configured to provide either momentary switching for partial operation or latch switching for one-touch operation
- Provide indicators that show the direction of actuator operation
- Are available in portrait or landscape
- May control up to forty Arens relay boards
The Smart Switch is mounted in a Clipsal Series 2000 with a flush switch plate enabling easy mounting to interior walls.
- Master Open– will open windows when a switch closure is detected.
- Master Close– will close windows when a switch closure is detected.
- Open– pull to ground when open is requested for up to 45 seconds.
- Close– pull to ground when close is requested for up to 45 seconds.
- Auto close timer – windows are closed after 1 to 8 hours of last operation.
- Latching – After open or close is pressed and released windows continue to operate.
- May be stopped by pressing either the open or close switch.
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Often noisy schools are a mix of multi-functional spaces where building materials need to be easy to maintain, safe and durable.
Creating a good acoustic experience improves learning and understanding. High-performance ceiling panels and other types of overhead sound control systems, such as baffles and islands, have become the primary way for designers to achieve positive acoustic conditions in more challenging settings.
To improve noisy conditions in classrooms, building materials need to provide acoustic comfort.
Schools integrate a variety of spaces such as classrooms, gymnasiums, administration areas, canteens, each having their own requirements. Given that there is a variety of occupants in schools, design can be a complicated and demanding.
In recent years, there have been a number of studies detailing the influence that a school’s building has on students, both how it enhances and interferes with the learning process. We see that, among other things, excessively noisy conditions can impact a student’s health, the way they think and their overall academic performance.
Irrespective of the teaching method having the right noise levels in the classroom is important. It influences a teacher’s ability to impart knowledge and a student’s ability to learn. A study that investigated the impacts of classroom noise pollution on academic achievement found that noise in the classroom above 41 dB began negatively affecting test results. For example, a research team in France found that for every 10 dB increase in noise pollution, 8-9 year-old students performed 5.5 points lower on their national standardised test.
To improve the noisy conditions of the classroom, we have to design learning environments with products that help to absorb and control sound.
Rockfon Artic made from stone wool is available in semi-concealed and visible grid option, easy to clean with a vacuum and is has a Group A1 reaction to fire, E1 formaldehyde release, Sound Absorption of .90Aw and does not harbor harmful micro-organisms. Furthermore, it is a solution that is environmentally friendly ISO 14001.
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With an extensive range of noise barriers and absorbers and expert in-house technical and design capability, we offer bespoke sound solutions to the most complex acoustic problems affecting residential, commercial, marine and industrial sectors.
We’ve revolutionised the way we mange, control and cope with sound.
Our unique and patented acoustic technology is designed to exceed industry standards, for guaranteed quiet comfort in various applications such as;
Noise pollution from traffic, aircraft or apartment neighbours is a common home invasion. Keep the peace in and unwanted sound out with Acoustica’s residential acoustic treatments. AngelStep acoustic underlay brings quiet comfort for impact noise whilst QuietWave sound barriers are the thinnest and lightest wall solution with the highest acoustic rating.
Office & Commercial
Open-plan offices mean you’re always a part of the conversation. Minimise noise and maximise productivity with Acoustica’s range of office and commercial sound barriers such as QuietWave and AcoustiFlex SQ. We’ll get to understand the unique needs of your business, so we can create an acoustic solution that works for you.
Sound & TV Studios
Acoustica’s range of wall, ceiling and floor acoustic treatments for sound studios are guaranteed to perform. We’ll reduce the natural reverb and control sound reflections to perfect your recordings so music, vocals and mixes always take centre stage.
Marine & Industrial
Hard-working machinery impacts the working environment. Control engine noise and vibration with Acoustica’s marine and industrial acoustic products. Our rigid noise barriers and vibration damping materials such as VyBar Marine, are engineered to meet the demands and strict health and safety requirements of marine and industry sectors.
Café & Restaurants
Acoustica can help keep the conversation flowing in even the busiest restaurant and café. We’ll create the perfect social atmosphere, so your customers keep coming back, with a range of restaurant acoustic solutions that control ambient noise.
Acoustica’s pipe-lagging product GreenLAG, dampens down waste water noise and minimise unwanted sound from ductworks and fan housing in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
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With modernisation, two factors become increasingly precious:
Time and Space.
There is a requirement for a shift in focus when we consider the design of buildings and spaces to optimise smaller living areas. Our lives are busier, more stressful, and becoming more hectic thanks to the increase of may be termed m ‘modern mayhem’.
Manufacturers are responsible for developing products that maximise space and movement. It is the responsibility of designers to integrate sound design principles in these living spaces to accommodate changing societal needs.
Living spaces that have been designed with time and space in mind should stand the test of time.
The three most important functional areas of a kitchen consist of:
1. Cooking (stove/microwave)
2. Storage (refrigerator/pantry)
3. Cleaning (dishwasher/sink)
These principles form what is commonly referred to as the design triangle. Better planning means that less time spent navigating between these frequently used points.
Think about the way that you unpack the dishwasher. If storage drawers that hold your crockery, glassware and cooking utensils are within easy reach, unpacking becomes an easy and time efficient process. By utilising drawers for your storage, not only do you increase space but good ergonomics also come into play. For example reduced stress is placed on you back and limbs when packing them.
Using GRASS furniture hardware solutions help you to maximise internal space, and ultimately reduce the total space required, which comes back to time saved.
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Water conservation has become a requirement for many facilities nationally and an important issue to be addressed as government level. The need to conserve water is now a worldwide endeavor requiring urgent attention. This is driven by: the availability of water, current sewer capacity and rising costs and/or budget cuts. To achieve optimal water efficiency, the implementation of appropriate fixtures and products is desirable.
Another issue with water in general is not only the availability but its effects on health. Readily available water in homes and places of habitation improves sanitation, improved sanitation leads to better health and outcomes. Financial benefits are also a by-product of readily available water as for many communities, the time which is spent obtaining water from significant distances, can contribute to a better quality of life for a family or community.
There are many product categories which help and improve water efficiency:
Most water saving toilets and urinals are still flushed with potable water and it is estimated that up to 20% of the available drinking water in the world is flushed down the drain, wastefully. In addition, leakage of water delivery lines may add an additional 8% to the above figure.
Toilets come in a variety of models, flushing types and applications. In most of the Western World urinals use from 13 litres down to 3 litres of water per flush. Then there are water saving toilets such as waterless toilets which work for on a mulching system, incineration system or simply a collection system. These are mostly installed in outlying areas of camps or parks. Non water using toilets are often a first step for remote areas or countries where water infrastructure is not readily available.
The same applies for flushed urinals. They come in a variety of models, flushing types and applications. Urinals have been installed for approximately 90 years, using mostly 11 litres per flush. In new installations today, most urinals use less than 3 litres , with some working at 1 litre or 0.5 litres per flush. The next generation are Waterless No-Flush™ urinals that offer zero water consumption and have been in existence for approximately 25 years.
A Waterless urinal saves on average 75708 to 170343 litres of water per annum!. Twenty-two Waterless urinals can save up to 3785411 litres of water per year!
It is estimated that there are approximately eight to nine million flushed urinals installed in the US alone, with approximately 100 million people using these fixtures on a daily basis. Assuming an average 7 litre flush, the potable water use of urinals alone in this country is approximately 605,665,885,440 litres per year! And for water saving toilets it could be at least twice that.
605,665,885,440 litres of water is equivalent to the water usage of 490,000 homes or 1.9 million people per year. This vast amount of outflow to the sewer and septic systems can be eliminated in addition to the use of chemicals to treat this effluent amount.
On a local level, this could mean that in a typical office building restroom with three urinals and 120 men would amount to a yearly water use of 899414 litres of potable water flushed down the toilet (pardon the pun). This figure is based on three uses per person per day and only for 220 working days.
For large facilities such as convention centers or hotels, there are ‘water brooms’. These can take the place of using a hose, even with a nozzle, for cleaning efficiently large surfaces. They have a wide front which provide better coverage, have high tech spray nozzles and save about 60% of the water normally used with a regular hose.
For restaurants , a lot of water is wasted cleaning dishes. Pre-rinse spray washers/nozzles can be employed here to reduce water use by as much as 40%.
By using easy to install water saving toilets, zero flush urinals or water brooms, you too can help to save valuable water and costs for a facility.
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