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Acoustics in Education
Acoustics Has a Direct Link to Engagement and Learning
Poor acoustics negatively contribute to higher strain on cognitive performance loads and compromised attention in the classroom. It is also the #1 concern in multiple survey formats around student experience for all stakeholders, but especially those who are neurodivergent.
Research indicates that nearly 1 in 3 students in today's classroom is struggling to understand their teacher due to poor acoustics. US classrooms currently have speech intelligibility ratings of 75% or less - where 95% is the recommended recognition level, according to the Acoustical Society of America. Additionally, noise pollution in student housing has been linked to poor quality of sleep, which directly impacts learning, and can result in early lease cancellations.
Because of these many factors, education stakeholders have, and will continue to vocalize their opinions about acoustics and its impact on student engagement and performance.
What Role Does Flooring Play in Acoustics?
Acoustically engineered floor covering significantly reduces the amount of sound being generated and reverberated within educational spaces. It can benefit learning environments by significantly reducing airborne noise (NRC) by as much as 100% and structure-borne (IIC) by 126% vs polished concrete.
Mindful flooring choices have a significant impact on the end-result of an education environment’s acoustic performance. Tarkett’s portfolio of acoustically superior floorcoverings produce quiet and comfortable spaces. These products include: Powerbond Hybrid Resilient flooring, Rubber Flooring, Carpet Tile, Flexaire Carpet Tile and Even Plane LVT.
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Education Stakeholders Realize the Benefits Flooring Plays in Acoustics and Student Engagement
Recommended Products for Acoustical Comfort
Learn more about the many Tarkett products that reduce noise pollution in education environments.
Powerbond® - Carpet/Resilient HybridA Hybrid Resilient floorcovering, Powerbond, has all the benefits of a carpet surface with all the performance benefits of a welded sheet resilient. Powerbond comes with a closed cell cushion that is comfortable and quiet, reducing foot fall impact and airborne reverberation rates significantly. It is the industry's best high performance acoustical floorcovering for education environments.
Even PlaneTesting shows new Even Plane LVT absorbs the sound of nearby foot traffic 30% better than building code requires on footfall structure-borne impact noise.
Carpet Tile and FlexaireCarpet Tile has a valuable reduction in both structure-borne footfall and air-borne reverberation. FlexAire, a closed cell cushion carpet tile, is comfortable and quiet, reducing foot fall impact and reverberation rates significantly. It is the industry's best acoustical carpet tile for education environments.
Rubber FlooringRubber flooring absorbs footfall structure-borne impact noise and is a positive contributor for education environments.
Research About Acoustics in Education