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What is Optimized Acoustics?

Optimized Acoustics is a no-compromise solution for effective acoustic design. The idea is simple. You select a ceiling system to optimize absorption and, where needed, you use walls or plenum barriers to successfully block sound. This approach results in designs that comply with standards while achieving the best sound experience at the best price.

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The Benefits of Optimized Acoustics

Sound-absorbing ROCKFON ceilings reduce sound pressure and shorten reverberation time while improving speech intelligibility and decreasing noise levels. With ROCKFON ceilings you can optimize the ideal acoustic environment without compromising style or performance.

Acoustics Myths

There is a misconception that ceiling panels are as effective as walls at blocking sound. And where sound blocking is required, sound absorption is less important. This is not true. Sound absorption is a critical component of every room that will be occupied by people and, while lightweight, modular ceilings are not effective at blocking sound – they are, in fact, very good at absorbing it.

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Find the Right Solution for You

NRC – Optimizing Good, Better, Best*

Once you’ve defined the acoustic requirements of your space, select the appropriate noise absorption rating for ceiling panels. It’s where good acoustic design begins.

Select from the requirements below:

Sensitivity to noise High better NRC 0.80 best NRC 0.90 best NRC 0.90
Medium good NRC 0.70 better NRC 0.80 best NRC 0.90
Low good NRC 0.70 good NRC 0.70 better NRC 0.80
Low Medium High
Amount of noise in the room
best NRC 0.90

The products for you are:

  • ROCKFON Alaska®

    Excellent sound absorption for open plan offices, classrooms, retails and reception areas.

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  • ROCKFON Medical Plus

    Outstanding sound absorption and superior hygienic properties for maternity, surgery, radiology and labs.

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  • ROCKFON Sonar®

    Superior sound absorption for healthcare, education and open plan offices.

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  • ROCKFON Alaska®

    Excellent sound absorption for open plan offices, classrooms, retails and reception areas.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Medical Plus

    Outstanding sound absorption and superior hygienic properties for maternity, surgery, radiology and labs.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Sonar®

    Superior sound absorption for healthcare, education and open plan offices.

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  • ROCKFON Koral

    Great sound absorption and functionality for open-plan offices, classrooms and kitchens.

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  • ROCKFON Medical Standard

    Great sound absorption with the basic hygienic properties required for use in health care.

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  • ROCKFON Alaska®

    Excellent sound absorption for open plan offices, classrooms, retails and reception areas.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Medical Plus

    Outstanding sound absorption and superior hygienic properties for maternity, surgery, radiology and labs.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Sonar®

    Superior sound absorption for healthcare, education and open plan offices.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Koral

    Great sound absorption and functionality for open-plan offices, classrooms and kitchens.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Medical Standard

    Great sound absorption with the basic hygienic properties required for use in health care.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Artic®

    Good sound absorption and an economical solution for corridors, stairwells and locker rooms.

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  • ROCKFON Tropic®

    High sound absorption for open plan offices, classrooms and retail.

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  • ROCKFON Koral

    Great sound absorption and functionality for open-plan offices, classrooms and kitchens.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Medical Standard

    Great sound absorption with the basic hygienic properties required for use in health care.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Artic®

    Good sound absorption and an economical solution for corridors, stairwells and locker rooms.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Tropic®

    High sound absorption for open plan offices, classrooms and retail.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Artic®

    Good sound absorption and an economical solution for corridors, stairwells and locker rooms.

    Learn More
  • ROCKFON Tropic®

    High sound absorption for open plan offices, classrooms and retail.

    Learn More

STC – Optimizing Good, Better, Best*

Based on your acoustic requirements, select the appropriate sound-blocking requirements for your room.

Select from the requirements below:

Sensitivity to noise High better STC 45 best STC 50 best STC 50
Medium good STC 40 better STC 45 best STC 50
Low good STC 40 good STC 40 better STC 45
Low Medium High
Amount of noise in adjacent rooms
best STC 50
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    At this level of required blocking, full height demising walls are advised. A lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling may still be an option. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Classroom next to classroom:
    High Sensitivity/High Noise Potential

  • Image of office environment

    At this level of required blocking, full height demising walls are advised. A lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling may still be an option. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Classroom next to classroom:
    High Sensitivity/High Noise Potential

  • Image of office environment

    At this level of required blocking, consider either a lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling or full height demising walls. Both options are effective at this level of blocking. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Patient room next to patient room:
    Medium Sensitivity/Medium Noise Potential

  • Image of office environment

    At this level of required blocking, full height demising walls are advised. A lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling may still be an option. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Classroom next to classroom:
    High Sensitivity/High Noise Potential

  • Image of office environment

    At this level of required blocking, consider either a lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling or full height demising walls. Both options are effective at this level of blocking. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Patient room next to patient room:
    Medium Sensitivity/Medium Noise Potential

  • Image of office environment

    At this level of required blocking, consider using a lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling. Full height demising walls will also be effective, but may not be necessary. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Office next to office:
    Low-Medium Sensitivity/Low Noise Potential

  • Image of office environment

    At this level of required blocking, consider either a lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling or full height demising walls. Both options are effective at this level of blocking. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Patient room next to patient room:
    Medium Sensitivity/Medium Noise Potential

  • Image of office environment

    At this level of required blocking, consider using a lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling. Full height demising walls will also be effective, but may not be necessary. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Office next to office:
    Low-Medium Sensitivity/Low Noise Potential

  • Image of office environment

    At this level of required blocking, consider using a lightweight plenum barrier above the ceiling. Full height demising walls will also be effective, but may not be necessary. Do not rely solely on a lightweight modular acoustic ceiling to provide this level of blocking.

    Examples of common scenarios:

    Office next to office:
    Low-Medium Sensitivity/Low Noise Potential