Leading Australian timber lining board specialist Glosswood has introduced a new range of acoustic panels that meet both performance and design objectives in interior projects.
Acoustics are integral to design
Sound is an important element of architecture because the functionality of a space can depend greatly on the effects of noise, with unwanted noise negatively impacting the occupant’s health and well-being . With increased awareness, architects, designers and engineers are giving due consideration to sound-absorbing materials from the early stages of their design projects. An acoustic solution has the potential to improve productivity, and also the social behaviour and well-being of the occupants. 
Designing the right environment
Glosswood has introduced an acoustic panel designed to deliver excellent acoustic performance as well as an aesthetic appearance. Being prefabricated and prefinished, the acoustic panels offer a quick and cost effective sound solution. The acoustic panels are constructed with Paulownia, a lightweight plantation hardwood with amazing acoustic properties, and which is also sustainably grown and harvested. Manufactured using reinforced powder-coated aluminium and acoustic textile, the acoustic panels can be easily fixed, minimising installation time and cost. The acoustic performance can be increased with additional acoustic matting. The new acoustic panels are available in beautiful natural timber and designer colours, opening up new possibilities for beautiful interiors with the benefit of sound absorption.
Managing noise in interior spaces
With exceptional sound absorption properties when installed in walling, ceiling, and suspended applications, Glosswood acoustic panels help reduce reverberated noise in poorly sound insulated spaces. These acoustic panels are recommended for a broad range of environments such as hospitality, commercial office spaces, healthcare, education, retail, theatres, recording studios and residential buildings.
The Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) is a rating determined on the basis of the sound absorption capability of a material in a laboratory. During testing, Glosswood acoustic panels achieved the highest NRC rating of 1.0, equivalent to 100% of the sound energy hitting the panel being absorbed, and not reflected .
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