A common design challenge with open-plan offices is poor acoustics. It is also a major complaint in interior spaces as diverse as hotels, restaurants and healthcare facilities. Research shows that poor acoustics can negatively affect productivity, learning and healing. The Impact that textiles hanging in a space can have on sound control is well documented and in the past heavy draperies were required to help dampen sound. Using breakthrough technology our acoustic sheers absorb sound while gently filtering light.
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150+ Acoustic Sheers Choices
Available in more than 150 choices, with a soft hand and beautiful drape. Fully vetted through third party certifiers, our sheers are made of 100% Trevira CS Polyester and are inherently flame retardant.
Carnegie’s acoustically absorbent sheers use innovative yarn and weaving technology allowing designers to achieve the visual transparency of a typical sheer with significant NRC ratings between (0.4-0.7) when draped, delivering effective noise reduction.
Acoustic sheers are 10 times more effective than regular sheers at absorbing sound. These draperies are woven with specially engineered technical Trevira CS polyester that absorbs a large amount of sound waves within a space.
Acoustically absorbent textiles capture, absorb and reduce sound reflection, improving acoustic comfort in a space.
Acoustically transparent textiles allow sound to pass through the fabric into the enviroment unaffected. Acoustically transparent textiles are often used to wrap acoustical panels. Sound passes through the textile and is absorbed by the acoustical panel improving acoustic comfort in a space
How to Choose The Right Acoustic Sheer
What Criteria Should I Look For?
1. Fabric must be acoustically absorbent. Acoustically absorbent fabrics have an NRC between .45 - 1
2. Fabric must pass NFPA 701
3. Fabric should be woven with Trevira CS polyester
What is Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC)?
Noise Reduction Coefficient rates the amount of sound that a material absorbs. For effective acoustical absorbency, draperies should have an NRC between .45 - 1.
Which Tests are Relevant?
This test measures the flammability of a fabric when it is exposed to specific sources of ignition. NFPA 701 testing measures the ignition resistance of a fabric after it is exposed to a flame for 12 seconds. The flame, char length, and flaming residue are recorded.
Fabric certified as flame retardant is certified to have been tested and passed the NFPA 701 test, a requirement for hanging textiles such as draperies in all commercial spaces
Where to use Acoustical Sheer Draperies
With open workspaces and common spaces, the need for acoustics is not restricted to the perimeter of the room.
• Along the window wall (Restaurants, dining areas to absorb ambient sound)
• Glass conference rooms (provide some privacy, let light in AND improve acoustics)
• As a space divider (in lieu of walls, using light, transparent draperies to create spaces as needed)
Carnegie's Acoustical Sheer Drapery Solutions
10x More Effective
...than a regular sheer at absorbing sound. These draperies are woven with specially engineered technical Trevira CS polyester that absorbs a large amount of sound waves within a space.
Available in more than 150 choices, with a soft hand and beautiful drape. Fully vetted through third party certifiers, these sheers achieved approximately 40% sound reduction when hung flat and 50-65% sound reduction when draped.
For effective acoustical absorbency, draperies should have an NRC between .45 - 1.
Création Baumann is one of the premier designers and manufacturers of interior textiles in the world. This Swiss based company has been designing, weaving, dyeing and finishing beautiful and ecologically intelligent textiles since 1886. Carnegie is Baumann’s exclusive partner for commercial products in the U.S.
Acoustical Sheers: Finding the Right Balance Case Study
"I am very satisfied with the acoustical benefits that the Carnegie drapery brought to our new restaurant, Pausa. It's always delightful to hear our customers thank us for building a restaurant that is lively, but also not too noisy." Steven Ugur, GM and Owner of Pausa Bar & Cookery.
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