1. Acoustic baffles
Acoustic baffles are especially well-suited for large open areas. They help break up the sound by reducing sound reverberation and improving the acoustical environment. This means children and staff can enjoy canteens, aulas and other communal areas without noise levels becoming overwhelming.
2. Internal wall insulation
Installing sound absorbing materials such as stone wool insulation in the walls separating classrooms from each other, or classrooms from communal areas, will help keep one class’ activities from disturbing the others. This allows for a higher degree of blended learning within schools, which can both improve the learning and health of students.
3. Ceiling tiles
Inside classrooms or auditoriums, acoustic ceiling tiles are the perfects solution for providing a comfortable acoustic environment where noise is reduced but the teacher’s words can still be heard by all the students. By using Rockfon products, these can be installed in a suspended grid system or directly on the ceiling as needed.
4. Exterior wall insulation
Especially for schools located in cities, outside noise pollution can be a real problem. Busy streets and city life create noise that can be disturbing or distracting for students. Additionally, separating the noise from outside activities like sports or playing from areas of concentration plays an important part in allowing students to concentrate. Insulating external walls can help absorb this noise and provide a better learning environment.
In addition, insulating external walls has a significant potential for energy savings and reduced emissions. Being the largest surface area of the building, external walls are a prime place for heat transfer. Installing energy efficient insulation to prevent this heat transfer can lower energy cost and give the school building a greener profile.
5. Acoustic wall panels
In place where the is a need for extra sound absorption or other solutions are impractical, acoustic wall panels can offer a great combination between decoration and enhanced acoustic performance. The easy-to-mount wall panels come in all shapes, sizes and colours allowing the development of lively and creative learning environments.
6. Ceiling insulation
In schools that consist of multiple stories, insulating between them is absolutely crucial. Without insulation in the floor structure, sound will travel between stories and even light footsteps can become annoying for those below. Using just 20 mm of stone wool insulation could reduce sound travelling through the floor by a factor eight!
8. Roof insulation
Potentially offering the highest potential for energy savings, renovating the roof of a school or university might be the last solution on this list, but is definitely not the least important. Reducing the heat loss through the roof of a school building will help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature for students and help schools, universities and municipalities reduce both energy costs and emissions.