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07—12—2023

NRC Ratings and Perforated Panels: Here’s What You Need to Know

It’s no secret that acoustics are an essential element to consider when designing interior spaces – and one of the ways that acoustics and soundproofing is measured is via the NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient). 

The NRC rating measures how much sound is absorbed and reflected by materials, so when specifying for projects, it’s important to understand how your chosen materials stack up. In this article, we’ll look at NRC ratings in more detail, and explain where our Maxi Perforated Panels fit on the scale to help you select the best materials for your acoustic needs.

What are NRC ratings?

The Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) is a measure of how effective a material is at absorbing sound. The rating can be anywhere from 0 to 1, with materials with zero absorption and total reflection being rated 0, and those with total absorption and zero reflection rated.

While most standard timber products would generally have a low absorption rating, our perforated acoustic panels have been specially designed to achieve a high 0.8 NRC rating. This means you can use beautiful timber panelling on your walls and ceilings, while still satisfying your noise level requirements. 

Why are acoustics and NRC ratings important?

The level of sound within interiors can make or break the comfort levels within your space. For example, in hospitality venues, people prefer to dine and socialise where they can hear each other talk, which means good acoustics can be the difference between patrons flocking to your venue or not. In offices and education facilities, acoustics play an important role in promoting focus and productivity, in public spaces and entertainment venues acoustics are key to creating ambiance, while in shared residential spaces, meeting soundproofing requirements is essential for compliance.

Specifying materials with the right NRC rating for your interior is critical to creating a comfortable and inviting space. With our acoustic panels, you can deliver on sound level requirements while also incorporating the warmth and natural beauty of timber.

How do Maxi Perforated Panels rate?

The stylish solution to your acoustic needs, Maxi Perforated Panels are designed to achieve an NRC rating of 0.8, giving you an attractive and versatile material that can enliven your interior space. The perforated plywood panels are available in both 12mm and 18mm thickness and are delivered pre-finished and ready to install, complete with a standard black acoustic backing. You also have the option to select from a range of timbers and substrates, as well as various colours and finishes, plus a selection of different perforation designs, allowing you to completely customise your acoustic panels to suit your desired look.

While both the perforated wall panels and perforated ceiling panels are designed to achieve a 0.8 NRC rating, if your project requires a specific rating that differs from this, a custom solution is often possible on request.

Where can acoustic panels be used?

Maxi Perforated Panels are suited to a huge range of applications and can be positioned on both ceilings and walls. They are commonly specified for corporate offices, education facilities, entertainment venues, sporting clubs, hospitality spaces and so much more. 

The beauty of our perforated panels can be seen on display in many of our completed projects, including the $80M Botanicca complex, where it enhances the vibrant meeting rooms. Within the Lang Lang Sporting Hub, Maxi Perforated Panels in the ceilings help to attenuate sound during big events, while the stunning Drysdale Library project demonstrates the versatility of the product, with curved details and vibrant colour further adding to the appeal.

Talk to us about your NRC and acoustic needs today

If you have an upcoming project with NRC rating requirements, get in touch with our team today to find out why our Maxi Perforated Panels are the ideal choice. 

Contact us for more information
Posted by: Maxiply Team Category: Walls/ Ceilings, Technical Info, Facts About Ply

07—12—2023

NRC Ratings and Perforated Panels: Here’s What You Need to Know
Posted by: Maxiply Team Category: Walls/ Ceilings, Technical Info, Facts About Ply

It’s no secret that acoustics are an essential element to consider when designing interior spaces – and one of the ways that acoustics and soundproofing is measured is via the NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient). 

The NRC rating measures how much sound is absorbed and reflected by materials, so when specifying for projects, it’s important to understand how your chosen materials stack up. In this article, we’ll look at NRC ratings in more detail, and explain where our Maxi Perforated Panels fit on the scale to help you select the best materials for your acoustic needs.

What are NRC ratings?

The Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) is a measure of how effective a material is at absorbing sound. The rating can be anywhere from 0 to 1, with materials with zero absorption and total reflection being rated 0, and those with total absorption and zero reflection rated.

While most standard timber products would generally have a low absorption rating, our perforated acoustic panels have been specially designed to achieve a high 0.8 NRC rating. This means you can use beautiful timber panelling on your walls and ceilings, while still satisfying your noise level requirements. 

Why are acoustics and NRC ratings important?

The level of sound within interiors can make or break the comfort levels within your space. For example, in hospitality venues, people prefer to dine and socialise where they can hear each other talk, which means good acoustics can be the difference between patrons flocking to your venue or not. In offices and education facilities, acoustics play an important role in promoting focus and productivity, in public spaces and entertainment venues acoustics are key to creating ambiance, while in shared residential spaces, meeting soundproofing requirements is essential for compliance.

Specifying materials with the right NRC rating for your interior is critical to creating a comfortable and inviting space. With our acoustic panels, you can deliver on sound level requirements while also incorporating the warmth and natural beauty of timber.

How do Maxi Perforated Panels rate?

The stylish solution to your acoustic needs, Maxi Perforated Panels are designed to achieve an NRC rating of 0.8, giving you an attractive and versatile material that can enliven your interior space. The perforated plywood panels are available in both 12mm and 18mm thickness and are delivered pre-finished and ready to install, complete with a standard black acoustic backing. You also have the option to select from a range of timbers and substrates, as well as various colours and finishes, plus a selection of different perforation designs, allowing you to completely customise your acoustic panels to suit your desired look.

While both the perforated wall panels and perforated ceiling panels are designed to achieve a 0.8 NRC rating, if your project requires a specific rating that differs from this, a custom solution is often possible on request.

Where can acoustic panels be used?

Maxi Perforated Panels are suited to a huge range of applications and can be positioned on both ceilings and walls. They are commonly specified for corporate offices, education facilities, entertainment venues, sporting clubs, hospitality spaces and so much more. 

The beauty of our perforated panels can be seen on display in many of our completed projects, including the $80M Botanicca complex, where it enhances the vibrant meeting rooms. Within the Lang Lang Sporting Hub, Maxi Perforated Panels in the ceilings help to attenuate sound during big events, while the stunning Drysdale Library project demonstrates the versatility of the product, with curved details and vibrant colour further adding to the appeal.

Talk to us about your NRC and acoustic needs today

If you have an upcoming project with NRC rating requirements, get in touch with our team today to find out why our Maxi Perforated Panels are the ideal choice. 

Contact us for more information