Acoustic Solutions Overview

acoustic light reduction curtain

Acoustic Solutions

Commercial spaces often present acoustic challenges with noise reverberating and echoing off hard surfaces, vast foyers or intimate spaces. Yet acoustic performance is sometimes an underrated element of building design. Acoustics shouldn’t just be considered in building types like concert halls and theatres, but also hotels, bars, restaurants, offices, clubs, and aged care facilities.

Sound that is not managed properly interferes with complex task performance, speech intelligibility, behaviour, and is a potential stress inducer. Numerous diners or staff in open-plan spaces; guests in the halls or adjacent rooms; noise from plumbing, HVAC and elevators; noise from function rooms and exterior noise from vehicles are all sounds that need to be minimised.

Acoustics is a huge, important topic that is addressed interestingly by Julian Treasure in his TED Talk ‘Why Architects Need To Use Their Ears.’

Materialised offers a variety of acoustic solutions for windows and walls to improve comfort without compromising the design integrity. There are also many sustainable attributes that can help contribute to your Green Star Interiors Rating.

A harmonious balance of acoustics and aesthetics.

Acoustic art, WhisperArt

NRC Explained

To quantify our product as commercial acoustic solutions, each is tested and awarded an NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) rating. The NRC relates to the absorption effectiveness of the material, and is calculated by averaging how absorptive a material is at 4 different frequencies.

Hush acoustic fabric is tested at 250hz, 500hz, 1000hz and 2000hz. Our Whisper art is tested at 125hz, 250hz, 500hz, 1,000hz, 2,000hz and 4,000hz. Taking the average number, it is then applied to the NRC scale of 0 to 1. A perfectly sound absorptive material achieves a 1, whereas a 0 indicates no absorption.

Acoustic Sheer Curtain Fabric

Hush Acoustic Sheers absorb significantly more sound energy than any other sheer fabric that I know of. These acoustic sheers are an ideal way to introduce desperately needed, unobtrusive and highly effective sound absorption”. David Spargo, owner of Praxis Acoustics.

Acoustic Sheer Blind Fabric

You’ll hardly believe the huge difference a simple sheer fabric can make to the acoustic amenity of a room. Our range of Hush Acoustic sheer blinds are lightweight, translucent, acoustic textiles; a combination that was previously unavailable for commercial spaces.

Acoustic Light Reduction Curtain Fabric

These fabrics offer the look and feel of a soft drape whilst their technology offers functionality as both light reduction and acoustic control, delivering an outstanding NRC rating between 0.58 and 0.71.

Acoustic Art – WhisperArt®

An effective, affordable and adjustable acoustic art solution, perfect for any area where noise negatively affects the soundscape, while adding a visual dimension to the space.

Acoustic Pinboard – WhisperPin®

WhisperPin® offers the same acoustic and aesthetic benefits as WhisperArt, with the added benefit of a slimmer profile, perfect for workspace pinboards.

Acoustic Wall Covering

Acoustic wall covering sold by the lineal metre – ideal for acoustic walls, screens, ceiling panels and pinboards.

Acoustic Case Studies