Boutique architecture and design practice, Danette Architecture chose a premium multifunction plasterboard from CSR Gyprock as the internal lining solution for the Cochlear Education Centre (CEC) fit-out at the Australian Hearing Building, Macquarie University.

Danette Architecture was commissioned to coordinate the design of the new Cadaver and Research Laboratory for Cochlear, one of the world’s leading hearing implant equipment companies.

When designing the new laboratory for Cochlear, architect Mark Wilson of Danette Architecture had to consider the very clear specifications required for the state-of-the-art facility. The laboratory design came with very clear requirements for the walls including durability, impact resistance and acoustic performance. Additionally, there should be no opportunity for moisture or mould to grow in the walls.

Working closely with CSR Gyprock in researching the appropriate wall materials for the laboratory space, Wilson was convinced of the innovative properties and practical design solutions offered by EC08 Complete. The premium multifunction plasterboard is engineered to meet a broad range of performance requirements with the low VOC product surpassing all considerations of the Danette Architecture brief, satisfying both the architect and client with its superior qualities.

According to Wilson, Gyprock’s EC08 Complete had the exact properties required for the specialist laboratory fit-out including mould and moisture resistance, fire and acoustic rating, and impact resistance. The low VOC levels complied with the Green Star ratings of the existing building.

Gyprock’s Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certified EC08 Complete is Australia’s first environmental plasterboard that has mould resistance, making it particularly suitable for sensitive projects such as the new Cochlear research centre. The low VOC board is manufactured to Australian Standard AS2588 Gypsum Plasterboard.

Cochlear’s superior education and research facility was purpose-built to teach surgeons and hearing specialists from the Asia Pacific region about the surgical procedures associated with Cochlear implants. EC08 Complete and the comprehensive EC08 range of internal lining solutions for sustainable building, offer practical and innovative design solutions for cutting-edge facilities such as the Cochlear Education Centre.