Understanding the Benefits of USG “F” Fissured Basic Acoustical Panels
USG “F” Fissured Basic Acoustical Panels are lightweight and thermally bonded panels made from recycled materials which offer excellent sound absorption qualities. They provide a cost-effective solution even for areas that have high levels of noise that are caused by reverberation and echo. USG “F” Fissured Panels offer excellent noise reduction coefficients (NRC) and sound barrier backing. They also resist air passing through the surface (breathing) which ensures that they stay cleaner longer. USG “F” Fissured Panels are Class A rated and are designed to meet even the most strict building code requirements especially when it comes to flammability.
Features and benefits of USG “F” Fissured Basic Acoustical Panels
1. Durable surface that is impact and scrape-resistant
They have a stronger surface that resists scrapes and impact commonly caused by accessing the ceiling panels, especially during maintenance. Moreover, the edges of these acoustical panels don’t chip or crumble easily, so they tend to hold up better during installation.
2. Zero VOC emissions
USG “F” Fissured Panels exceed CA Specification 01350 because they do not contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOCs are chemical compounds that evaporate very quickly at room temperature. Commonly found in latex paints and alkyd oil, and they make the paint more durable and easier to spread.
VOCs can have serious adverse effects on human health. For instance, low-level exposure to VOCs causes dizziness, nausea, and headaches, and high-level exposure has dire consequences such as liver and kidney damage, or problems in the nervous and respiratory system. The danger of VOCs can be reduced or eliminated by using by using products such as USG “F” Fissured Basic Acoustical Panels which have zero VOC emissions.
On the other hand, using products with zero VOC emissions reduces allergy-causing toxins, so your employees or family members with susceptible allergies can have an easier time. These products also help keep the environment green by reducing the concentration of pollutants in landfills as well as in the ozone layer and ground water.
3. Bio-based products
USG “F” Fissured Basic Acoustical Panels are bio-based products certified by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). These ceiling panels manufactured from renewable raw materials (materials that have a biological origin) instead of traditional chemical synthesis hence reducing toxic waste. These materials have numerous advantages such as reducing CO2 and toxicity caused by different product characteristics such as biodegradable plastic materials.
4. Create a monolithic acoustical ceiling surface
You can use USG “F” Fissured Panels to create a uniform acoustical ceiling surface by just combining 12” x 12” panels with the new concealed USG Donn Brand DX/DXL concealed Suspension System. These panels and modern ceiling suspension systems have revolutionized the acoustical ceiling world with the unified acoustic system which offers an even surface without any visible perforations or grids. Whether the ceiling is flat, vertical, curved or inclined, it also allows for easy integration of various service installations.
A monolithic acoustical ceiling is ideal for rooms or spaces which feature many hard surfaces. Such areas can be very noisy but monolithic ceilings provide Class A sound absorption which significantly reduces reverberations and echo levels.
5. The panels are available in 2’x2’ and 2’x4’ panel sizes
USG “F” Fissured Basic Acoustical Panels allow you to choose from 2’x2’ and 2’x4’ panel sizes with various color choices to help configure the acoustical design and treatment that best fits the space. These panels provide perfect treatment for large (20’x20’), medium (10’x15’) or small (10’x10’) rooms.
6. Available with High Recycled Content (HRC)
The manufacturing process of USG “F” Fissured Panels uses resources in a more sustainable way through greater re-use and recycling which brings numerous benefits for both the economy and the environment. Besides tackling climate change by improving air quality and providing greenhouse gas savings, these products also reduce dependence on finite resources such as fossil fuels.
7. Excellent Flammability Rating
USG “F” Fissured Panels have a Class A flammability rating which passes even the most demanding flammability requirements for exposed building materials.
The other important factor to consider is acoustics. USG “F” Fissured Basic Acoustical Panels have cast products that offer the best combination of NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) and CAC (Ceiling Attenuation Class) ratings. In both cases, a higher rating preferred. These acoustical ceiling panels have an NRC rating of 0.70 (70%) and a CAC rating of 35. It has a light reflectance (LR) rating of 0.79 which means that the panels reflect 79% of the light. Therefore, users will be required to install fewer lighting fixtures which reduce energy expenditure. By looking at the overall cost over the lifetime of the building, USG “F” Fissured Basic Acoustical Panels become a viable acoustical ceiling design option.