The Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) Ceiling and Absorbers working group has just produced a detailed Specifiers Guide – Ceilings and Acoustic Absorbers to help designers fully understand all of the parameters to consider when creating specifications for suspended ceilings and acoustic absorbers.
The Guide has been written by representatives from manufacturers, suppliers and contractors who are responsible for the delivery of ceiling systems, including Rockfon.
The guide addresses what a good ceiling specification looks like and how it should be structured. It then breaks down the key performance issues around fire safety and acoustics and the other issues of volatile organic compounds, light reflection, impact resistance, air permeability, wind loading, sustainability and conformity marking.
Iain Mcllwee, Chief Executive of the FIS: “This guide, written by industry specialists, pulls together decades of experience from specification managers who almost instinctively know the questions on all aspects – from performance, material characteristics, sustainability and environmental, conformity marking, installation, maintenance and end of life.”
Tim Spencer, Rockfon’s Technical Manager, was part of the working group and thinks there is level of detail in the Guide which will be extremely useful to all of those responsible for specifying, designing or installing a ceiling. Tim says “This Guide addresses everything from design considerations and performance criteria right through to the detail of load capacity, integration of services and how to deal with the intersection of walls, partitions and ceilings.”
The guide addresses what a good specification looks like and how it should be structured, including 10 top tips to producing a specification. It then breaks down the key performance issues around fire safety and acoustics and the other issues of volatile organic compounds, light reflection, impact resistance, air permeability, wind loading, sustainability and conformity marking.
“In total, there are 36 parameters to consider to ensure a safe, compliant and complete specification. This is crucial if the specification is not to be misinterpreted and any alternatives assessed and checked as equal before approving them,” added Iain McIlwee.
You can download the Specifiers’ Guide - Ceilings and Acoustic Absorbers here.