As the architecture and design community takes a more holistic approach to occupant health, practitioners are increasingly focusing on creating acoustically sound spaces. The increased awareness of the importance of acoustics and a growing array of product options have made ceiling panel specification more complex, but also more significant.
The latest in a series of e-books from The Construction Specifier, “Designing with Steel” looks at myriad topics, including how curved wall and ceiling framing can yield goals architecturally and acoustically in performing arts projects.
Human sight evolved to optimize vision under diffuse sky radiation, and this remains the best illumination conditions for most of our activities. Luminous ceilings are an attempt to reproduce the qualities of such overhead lighting in an indoor environment.
Explored in the August 2017 issue of The Construction Specifier, a luminous ceiling system is designed to provide a substantially uniform level of illuminance throughout the room below. The entire ceiling is, in effect, one large luminaire consisting of a continuous surface of light-transmitting material of a diffusing or light-controlling character, with light sources mounted above it. This article examines construction costs and maintenance requirements.
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