Sound bouncing off hard surfaces, such as acoustically challenging windows, isn’t the best recipe for clear meeting room audio or a generally pleasant work environment. Draper seems to have had that challenge in mind when it developed Draper EchoControl acoustical shading.
The maker of projection screens and projector and flat-panel display lifts says EchoControl is an innovative acoustical treatment that improves the acoustics within rooms by utilizing sound-absorptive materials.
Draper EchoControl will debut at InfoComm 2017.
In a press release, Draper explains that sound-absorptive methods are already used to improve a room’s acoustics, but with Draper’s EchoControl, sound reverberating off windows now can be reduced.
EchoControl fabric offers a unique combination of acoustic and lighting control and comfort.
In a Draper blog by Amy Madden, the company suggests that companies need to pay more attention to noise pollution and its impact on workplace productivity:
You might not have thought about it, but the non-profit group Noise Pollution Clearinghouse calls noise one of the most pervasive pollutants in today’s built environment
“Noise negatively affects human health and well-being,” according to their website. “Problems related to noise include hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, distraction and lost productivity, and a general reduction in the quality of life and opportunities for tranquility.”
The Draper blog adds that as workplaces have evolved with embrace of open spaces, glass conference rooms and desire for natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows, acoustical challenges have emerged:
… the trend towards more and larger windows has made a big difference. There are more open spaces, sleeker surfaces, exposed ceilings, and glass used in modern design.
This has led to more noise getting into our home and work spaces. Higher noise levels are also experienced due to those more open spaces—there are fewer space dividers to stop or absorb the conversation and activity levels. In addition, we can’t forget the impact of reverberation—the noise echoing back off of all of that exposed glass.
Draper EchoControl is available on both motorized and manual shades and has a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 0.60, according to the press release.
In addition to their sound-absorption properties, EchoControl’s window shades diffuse light, reduce glare, control solar heat gain, and reduce fading of interior furnishings. The products are GREENGUARD GOLD certified, meaning there’s no off-gassing, and they are infused with Microban antimicrobial product protection, according to the press release.
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