Specifying Acoustic Absorbers
The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) has published new technical note, “Specifying Acoustic Absorbers where they will be installed against a wall”.
Specialists are rarely required to determine whether there is something wrong with the sound quality of a room as issues with acoustics are often obvious – as when an office, hospitality or community space sounds like an “unfurnished room” or become louder and louder as more people occupy it suggesting a dampener mechanism is required. The issue can usually be addressed, however, by reducing reverberation caused by hard surfaces with the installation of acoustic absorbers on walls.
The new FIS technical note will help specifiers understand the acoustic and fire performance of wall mounted acoustic absorbers, acoustics and room acoustics, reverberation and absorption, conformity marking and importantly, their installation.
Iain McIlwee, FIS Chief Executive, says: “The new FIS technical note is aimed at anyone wanting to address noisy spaces by installing acoustic absorbers on the walls to reduce reverberation.”
“This brief guidance provides information on how products are tested, what the results mean, what fire performance needs to be considered and what to look for in terms of how they should be installed so that they perform correctly.
“The positioning and installation of the absorbers can all have a big impact on the effect the absorbers will have, so it is important for specifiers to have all the information during the crucial specification stage.”