Although the risk of contracting COVID-19 has fallen, it has not disappeared entirely. It has spurred heightened awareness of how to stay healthy indoors, with many employees nervous about returning to their workplaces.
While many design options exist (e.g. baffles, banners, islands, and clouds), the use of NRC rating as a performance metric does not. The sound-absorbing performance of these individual, hanging acoustic objects is not quantified using NRC. Instead, their absorption is characterized using sabins, the unit of sound absorption.
The acoustics are the heart and soul of the church. When the architect gets it right, they can enhance the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual impact of a church sermon or musical performance, helping to make church services a truly unforgettable experience for worshippers.
With a greater understanding of indoor environmental quality, acoustic ceiling material choices, and relevant product certifications, specifiers can have a positive impact on buildings’ indoor air quality, lighting, safety, acoustic comfort, and on people’s health and well-being.
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