Make rooms quieter with a little help from EchoControl acoustical shading
November 14, 2016
In a recent CEPro article entitled “6 Steps to Isolate Rooms for Sound,” Home Theatre Designer Scott Bourquin discusses how to make a room quieter. Bourquin points out that “the quieter you make a room, the greater impression it gives of quality workmanship.” So making rooms quieter can have benefits beyond the technical aspects. You can read the full article here.
While in his piece Bourquin offers ways to make a room “super quiet,” it did get us thinking about how our EchoControl Acoustical Shading can contribute to an overall plan to reduce noise.
The first and most obvious way to use EchoControl is on the windows—including skylights. Acoustical shading addresses the reverberation of sound off of the glass, and also helps with sound from the outside. EchoControl has a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 0.60. The Noise Reduction Coefficient (ASTM C423-90a) rates the ability of a material to absorb sound. Zero is completely reflective, and one is completely absorptive. The NRC is calculated by averaging the frequencies of 250, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz (rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.05).
By the way, don’t forget—in addition to its sound absorption properties, Draper EchoControl brings with it the advantages inherent in light filtering window shades. It diffuses light, reduces glare, controls solar heat gain, and reduces fading of interior furnishings.
Another way EchoControl can help is in reducing echo off of the headbox or fascia behind which the motor and roller mechanism is hidden. That’s because one of our hardware finish options is to wrap the headbox/fascia with the EchoControl fabric.
Of course, there’s nothing that says a shade fabric is useful only on a window. Draper EchoControl with custom printed graphics can also be used in other areas in the space—especially in a commercial space where they can be used as signage or to add to the décor. When used in this way, the fabric panels can help provide added reverb dampening.
In Bourquin’s article, he discusses placing a felt curtain over a door. Instead of the felt curtains, why not an EchoControl roller shade. It can easily be retracted to allow easy ingress and egress through the door, then lowered to provide echo reduction assistance.
For more information on Draper’s EchoControl Acoustical Shading, click here. Or, if you have a project where you think EchoControl might be able to help, contact your Draper sales rep to discuss the details of making rooms quieter.
Company: Draper, Inc.
Of: Terry Coffey
Acoustical Walls, Ceilings and Special Applications (November 11, 2016), Interior Acoustical Finalé Wall Panels (October 10, 2016), Architects Inspiration Handbook for Glass applications in commercial interiors (August 29, 2016), Isabel Bader Center (August 17, 2016), The Noise Control Solution - When Acoustics, Style & Toughness Are Required (March 11, 2016)
AAG100 Plaster J-Bead™ Curved Linear Grille (November 9, 2016), New Unicel white paper provides guidance for specifying privacy and shading solutions (October 19, 2016), 5 Crazy Modern Glass Wall Partition Ideas for a Loft Apartment (October 17, 2016), Reflector Designer Metallic Epoxy Flooring (October 14, 2016), Interior Acoustical Finalé Wall Panels (October 10, 2016), Register for a FREE Senseon Secure Access webinar: transforming lock and key systems for commercial environments (October 7, 2016), 4 Tips to Plan for Packages (September 26, 2016), Delray LED Circles: Uno • Dos • Cylindro I/II/III (September 14, 2016), Glass Shower & Tub Enclosures by Fleurco (September 2, 2016), First Appearances Matter: remove the dirt | absorb the moisture | preserve your floors (August 31, 2016)
New Unicel white paper provides guidance for specifying privacy and shading solutions (October 19, 2016), Architects Inspiration Handbook for Glass applications in commercial interiors (August 29, 2016), E2JS thin line louver used on Reptile House at the Cincinnati Zoo (August 22, 2016), Blackout & mesh shades in the same window? Dual Roller Shades are the solution! (July 5, 2016), Cut solar energy getting into buildings by up to 92% - stop it before it hits the glazing (June 17, 2016), Hurricane Roof Equipment Screens (June 10, 2016), Custom shade brackets solve big headache (May 11, 2016), Custom Pocket Headboxes (April 20, 2016), Decorative Panels & Screens (April 4, 2016), Maximize views with generous exterior glazing, while ensuring privacy and thermal efficiencies (February 19, 2016)