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  • Understanding WELL Building Certification and Key Acoustic Solutions

    Investigating environmental toxins and how they affect the human condition is becoming more of the standard for current and especially future architectural projects. One particular solution application is retrofitting or designing buildings that pose less of a health risk than many commercial and residential structures do today. Environmental toxins off-gassing in the building structures from interior materials compromise ventilation systems and create impacts on occupants' health. These are the obvious concerns, but what lingers in the background and often gets overlooked is unhealthy acoustics. In a study of office space and health, researchers from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, found that interior noise showed to potentially cause negative health effects. The study stated, “The reviewed papers indicate that high levels of background noise and speech intelligibility in the workplace negatively affect both physical and psychological well-being” (1). Mitigating or eliminating interior and/or exterior noise pollution can change the vibration of a room from static to calm and from distraction to focus. FSorb knows how important acoustic attunement is to health and productivity. We use acoustical expertise to engineer noise deflection and absorption solutions that adhere to strict standards. This includes working alongside you when obtaining WELL V2 Building certification, particularly the S02, S03, and S04 credits where acoustic solutions are a key component. In addition, the volatile organic compound (VOC) reducing materials credit, X07 and X13, are addressed with FSorb soundproofing materials. The FSorb product line does not leach VOCs, which otherwise pose an accumulated danger that researchers are just now warning us about. Consider the WELL Building certification and how important acoustic solutions are to obtaining higher certification levels for this standard. This ever-evolving building mission is proving to be an advantageous health investment, as well as a solid business investment. WELL is not LEED The two mainstream authorities in building certifications are WELL and LEED which require specific steps to obtain credits that ultimately lead to a specific level of certification (bronze, silver, gold, platinum). These 3rd party certifications are becoming essential to ensure improvements in human health within and around commercial and residential structures. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has been around longer than WELL and focuses on a whole suite of different certifications depending on building types, including LEED Operations & Maintenance (O&M) which is the closest competitor to WELL. WELL was developed to go deeper into a focus on the interior work environment, the operations, protocols, and initiatives to support wellness programming. LEED O&M does some similar things but hasn’t focused as much on metrics to ensure an end outcome of enhanced employee wellbeing. The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) describes the process as “The WELL Building Standard® focuses on significantly reducing the most common sources of physiological disruption, distraction and irritation and on enhancing acoustic, ergonomic, olfactory and thermal comfort to prevent stress and injury and facilitate comfort, productivity and well-being” (2). Obtaining WELL Building certification requires a series of steps that focus on optimizing a building or structural project to benefit people’s health. This includes reducing the potential compromising effects of toxic: Air Water Nourishment Light Movement Thermal comfort Sound Materials Mind Community Innovations Targeting sound related obstacles and other sources of unhealthy acoustics through WELL Certification is something that could offer a significant impact on several levels. Not only can it affect the current and future wellness of inhabitants but it may also be a surprising business advantage. A Smart Business Move Investing in the WELL Building Standard certification is a way to mitigate environmental toxins in both commercial and residential spaces. In doing so, it can improve the health of occupants while creating some business enhancement. This includes attracting potential customers, clients, or even investors that may be visiting your location or are interested in purchasing or renting real estate space that offers a much healthier interior atmosphere. A less toxic environment means a workforce and clients that experience: Increased productivity Reduced absences Increased job satisfaction More enthusiastic engagement Increased morale under leadership that cares Brand transparency that includes health and wellness. According to past data from the IWBI, over 40% of healthy building owners are using features like dashboards and intranet announcements, displaying a building certification plaque, and [placing on view] signage that either discusses the building features or promotes healthy behaviors (3). Creating a healthy workspace lets those occupying that space know that surrounding support is authentic. It raises the vibration to a more positive level that, combined with good leadership, can significantly benefit your bottom line. By reducing conspicuous sound and background noise, a unique environment can be attained and FSorb acoustical engineering will certainly get you there. Reverberation Time Acoustic solutions for WELL Building Standards are just as essential as addressing airborne toxicity. Noise pollution has been responsible for a host of potential, underlying conditions that, with proper soundproofing, can be properly addressed and alleviated. FSorb is a leader in acoustic solutions, particularly when it comes to Well Building Standard certification including the S04 Sound Absorption credit. This is a unique step as it deals with reverberation time. WELL certification describes the S04 Sound Absorption credit, “In spaces that incorporate hard surface finish materials, reverberation time and reflected sound energy have the potential to build and create uncomfortable environments... Achieving optimal reverberation times in specific spaces is crucial for designing with acoustical comfort in mind” (4). Reverberation time presents as an inconspicuous cause of unhealthy acoustics found to negatively affect such things as: Phone conversations on both receiving and/or source ends Create unwanted enhanced speech intelligibility May even interrupt audio/visual equipment FSorb is able to locate reverberation time and reflected sound energy through the skill of acoustical engineers. Most of our sales reps have been trained in Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC), an example of how sound absorptive finishes are measured to determine their effectiveness for optimal results. Obtaining a WELL certification S04 Sound Absorption credit means designing a space that looks into the science of acoustic sound reverberation to create beneficial results that have been linked to improving: Critical listening Speech projection Memory retention Speech privacy Additional WELL Building Credits With approximately ninety percent of our time spent indoors, the quality of interior sound, as well as airborne health, is essential for productivity and wellness. On the other hand, employers spend about ninety-two percent of their annual operating costs on people, and WELL certification can result in meaningful returns on investment. FSorb takes all of this into consideration when helping you attain WELL building certification. Out of one hundred WELL certification steps, in addition to the S04 Sound Absorption credit, other sound credit categories that FSorb can address include: Sound Mapping Maximum Noise levels Sound Barriers Sound Masking Impact Noise Management Hearing Health Conservation This list shows how acoustic solutions are a key factor when working toward WELL certification. A Word on Sick Building Syndrome As unhealthy acoustics linger throughout many interior spaces, it is becoming more apparent that such noise disruption is included in what is known as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). SBS is described in an article titled, ‘Sick building syndrome: An overview to raise awareness’, published in Springer Link by researchers from Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, UK which stated “Sick building syndrome [is] a syndrome of uncertain etiology consisting of non-specific, mild upper respiratory symptoms (stuffy nose, itchy eyes, sore throat), headache and fatigue, experienced by occupants of ‘sick buildings’; (also) the environmental conditions existing in such a building” (5). The issue of acoustics is described in this article as “Noise levels within the building can add further stress to occupants, whether the noise is of a low or high level, constant or intermittent, and so on” (5). The article goes on to describe how symptoms present considerably in ‘open plan’ layouts and completely disappear once occupants leave the building. FSorb goes above and beyond by embracing a mission of improving human health by creating Eco-friendly acoustic products. By assisting in building aesthetically pleasing spaces while reducing excess ambient noise which, in turn, has shown to calm the human nervous system, FSorb offers affordable, quality, non-toxic solutions that set them apart from the industry standard. We are a company that cares about the full spectrum of doing business, not just the business alone. At FSorb, we are motivated by improving human health and do so by creating eco-friendly acoustic products. Our mission is to help designers build beautiful spaces that reduce excess ambient noise while calming the human nervous system. With over 25 years in the acoustic business we stand behind FSorb as a durable, environmentally friendly, and low-cost product. If you want an acoustic solution that is safe to human health at an affordable price, then we are your resource. (844) 313-7672 Sources:

  • Background Sounds Impact Solo-tasking and Multitasking: In Positive and Negative Ways

    Do you feel that you can multitask better than handling single tasks? Some research begs to disagree. A study from the University of California, Los Angeles, illustrated that multitasking impairs your ability to integrate new with old information. Research has been very consistent in highlighting that multitasking affects the efficiency, quality, and accuracy of the work done. While introducing a second task appears to be a distraction, diving deeper into research shows that it may not always be the case. Some studies show that task-irrelevant background sound interferes with the processing of task demands, while others illustrate that it can help your work by improving your mood and motivation. What we have found is that it all depends on the type of sound. For example, does working while listening to music in the background count as multitasking? The simple answer is yes, and depending on what you are listening to it can either enhance or distract from your solo-tasking focus. On the other hand, disruptive noise causes a solo-tasker to multitask, because their nervous system is trying to filter it out. Most people are unconscious this is occurring, but it does have a strong, negative impact. Whether background music and sound enhance your multitasking ability is not an easy question to answer. However, the conclusion is that background sound can have both positive and negative effects on multitasking. When Can Background Sound Help You Multitask? Background sound, especially white noise like the humming of an air conditioner, can help you complete tasks depending on the nature of your work. Here are ways background sound can help. Motivation & Creative Flow Music can give you a motivational spark before you start working on cognitive tasks that require creativity. Motivation comes from the action of neurotransmitters in the brain sending chemical messages to keep you on task and alert. Music without lyrics or a lot of variability often helps sustain creative flow for many individuals while most other music can be jarring and disruptive when trying to focus. Background sound such as music without lyrics has been found to promote neuroplasticity by increasing the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and neural firing. Dopamine plays an instrumental role in cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning. Dopamine works before rewards. Background sound creates an environment for dopamine spike even as you anticipate rewards on completing tasks, enhancing your productivity. Your brain feeds off the dopamine bursts and communicates to the rest of your body, boosting your mood and motivation. Low dopamine levels make people less motivated. Up-tempo music is recommended for studying, working, and handling tasks that require concentration. Enhanced Productivity on Repetitive Tasks Music can enhance productivity when multitasking repetitive work. Several studies have illustrated the correlation between music and repetitive tasks and showed that it enhances efficiency. Complex and upbeat music can keep you motivated by making repetitive tasks that do not necessarily require mental concentration more pleasurable and less mind-numbing. When doing repetitive tasks in assembly lines and quality control, your attention will fade with time. Introducing background sound periodically can increase alertness. Elimination of Distractions and Maximizing Focus It may surprise you that certain types of background sound can eliminate distraction and maximize concentration. However, not all types of background sound can have that effect. White noise can help you control your work environment and increase efficiency despite the surrounding distractions. White noise such as a whirring fan, television static, or a humming air conditioner blocks other disturbing sounds and boosts your focus and creativity. It can also bring relaxation when handling hectic tasks. Having the right background sound before and during work can enhance efficiency as it makes tasks more pleasurable and boosts attention. Negative Effects Of Background Sound On Completing Tasks Have you ever found yourself desperately trying to focus in the office or coffee shop, but it is impossible due to the chatter in the background? When it comes to focusing, quiet is golden, and the impact of background noise impacts the ability to concentrate. Increased Stress Levels Multitasking by itself can create stress due to the added pressure of switching back and forth from one task to the next. As a result, the brain takes more time to handle multiple tasks than it normally would. Unwanted background sound triggers the amygdala, which activates the release of the stress hormone cortisol. When multitasking, prolonged exposure to background noise in your workspace can trigger physiological stress that is similar to other physical stressors. Reactivity to noise-induced stress negatively affects memory, problem-solving abilities, and motivation. Exposure to ambient noise when working is a form of unconscious multitasking that can also lead to increased stress levels. This can worsen stress-related conditions such as migraine headaches, peptic ulcers, and high blood pressure. The brain responds to impossible demands such as handling multiple tasks while at the same time trying to ignore the noise of people laughing loudly or sirens in the background. This results in stress hormones and adrenaline bursts that affect your health and make concentration even harder. The steady flow of these hormones can put you on edge and strain your body, resulting in adrenal fatigue, making it extremely challenging for you to work at all. Fatigue Fatigue is a very familiar complaint at the workplace. A survey was conducted to determine the impact of noise on fatigue in the workplace. The results illustrated that there were increased levels of headache and fatigue among the group with prolonged exposure to disruptive noise. While most people would figure fatigue is derived from work-related tasks, the physical environment also contributes to fatigue. There are several ways that background noise can cause fatigue when multitasking. For instance, multitasking has been found to trigger an increase in the production of adrenaline and cortisol. The background sound and noise further trigger the production of the hormones leading to overstimulation of the nervous system. Overstimulation manifests itself in physical and mental tension, followed by exhaustion and fatigue due to overworking the nervous system. Working when tired results in poor execution of tasks due to low energy levels, motivation, and difficulty in concentration. The monotony of certain background sounds has a sleep-inducing effect and makes tasks more tiring and difficult than they already are. Decreased Productivity and Motivation Distraction lowers productivity and energy because your nervous system is unconsciously handling multiple tasks. Background noise impairs your ability to focus on multiple projects long enough to complete them successfully. Research done by Jungsoo Kim and Richard de Dear found that 30% of workers in cubicles and 25% of workers in open-plan offices were dissatisfied with the noise levels at their workplace and had difficulty concentrating. A considerable percentage of workers are unproductive, stressed, and unable to work constructively and creatively due to noise distraction in the workplace. When exposed to distractions such as colleagues chatting nearby, your productivity can dwindle by more than 50%. Disruptive background sound is a productivity killer, especially when you are attempting to focus. Unwanted sound creates periods of distraction where the brain pauses to assess if there are other things to focus on or identify ways to control the environment. Not only is a lot of productive time lost during the pauses and re-focusing, but the distractions can also alter the ability of your brain to concentrate. The distractions also create hyper-alert situations, which trigger the release of stress hormones and adrenaline, making multitasking more challenging. Workers are less likely to concentrate on complex tasks when exposed to background sounds like sirens, loud banging, or screeches. Some of the behavioral effects seen are the lack of motivation to attempt to complete tasks and increased distraction when handling repetitive tasks. It is especially more difficult to integrate old and new tasks when distracted by background sounds. Draining Working Memory and Cognitive Abilities Working memory is a crucial element for any job. Cognitive abilities such as fluid intelligence and speed are also critical to completing tasks. When your brain is handling a task, the prefrontal cortex is activated, and when working, the left and right sides work in sequence. However, when multitasking, the right and left prefrontal cortex try to work independently but can only switch back and forth inefficiently. In this case, a worker does not handle two tasks simultaneously; instead, they switch between them. As they multitask, the switch may take microseconds which with the time of handling two tasks adds up to minutes. As a result, a worker may take up to 40% longer to complete the tasks compared to when handled separately as a series of solo tasks. Additionally, multitasking often drains your working memory and cognitive abilities. With reduced fluid intelligence, attention, and speed, you are prone to making mistakes, and the tasks will not be handled with the accuracy required. Two tasks already greatly load your working memory and cognitive abilities. Adding a third task, such as trying to manage disruptive background sounds, will more rapidly drain your energy reserves than solo-tasking. Eliminating background noise is rarely thought of as an option, yet it can reduce the strain on your working memory, resulting in the quality delivery of tasks as your cognitive abilities will be optimized. Optimizing Sound Quality to Improve Performance Background sounds can be very distracting and, if left uncontrolled, can negatively impact productivity and motivation at the workplace, especially when attempting to focus. Unwanted noise is also a health concern as studies have found it to trigger stress and aggravate underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure. Solo-tasking is a valuable skill in the workplace as workers and managers face an influx of duties and tasks that need to be done accurately and efficiently. Improving the office working environment will go a long way in improving the ability of teams to work for maximum productivity and success. Background sound can impede the ability of workers to handle tasks and should be eliminated. Eliminating distractions is one of the most efficient ways to optimize the workplace. People perform better when unwanted ambient noise is suppressed and sound that can boost motivation and productivity is introduced. While some of the sources of unwanted background noise, such as workers’ voices, music, and ringtones, can be controlled through noise reduction policies, others, such as nearby construction and traffic, require more sophisticated remedies. Soundproofing walls and ceilings effectively reduce noise and enhance sound quality within an office and work environment. Acoustic panels eliminate echo and reduce and control noise by absorbing sound, especially by absorbing the noise of people talking and working in an open office. Our team would be happy to help you find the optimal solution for enhancing the sound quality of your workspace. At FSorb, we are motivated by improving human health and do so by creating eco-friendly acoustic products. Our mission is to help designers build beautiful spaces that reduce excess ambient noise while calming the human nervous system. With over 25 years in the acoustic business we stand behind FSorb as a durable, environmentally friendly, and low-cost product. If you want an acoustic solution that is safe to human health at an affordable price, then we are your resource. (844) 313-7672 Sources: Miller T, Chen S, Lee WW, Sussman ES. Multitasking: Effects of processing multiple auditory feature patterns. Psychophysiology. 2015 Sep;52(9):1140-8. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12446. Epub 2015 May 4. PMID: 25939456; PMCID: PMC4946337. Gopher, D., Armony, L. & Greenspan, Y. (2000). Switching tasks and attention policies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 129, 308-229.

  • Tackling Exterior Noise

    We are constantly inundated with various levels of noise. Often, these are sounds that bounce around our interior space. Untethered, echoing vibrations which, even though we become desensitized to them, could affect our health. Soundproofing companies like FSorb are able to rebalance interior noise, bringing relief to this desensitization. Once the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system no longer needs to constantly fire, the body can actually work on internal cellular healing and stress relief. This is where FSorb steps in. Through acoustical expertise, FSorb technicians bring soundproofing to the next level, using state-of-the-art, recycled, safe, non-toxic materials for soundproofing. This is achieved through not only interior applications but exterior management as well. Tackling exterior noise is something that may not seem so important. However, even when your interior noise solutions are addressed, exterior sources can begin to leach in. This is especially a concern when temperatures change and windows may open or outdoor equipment might engage such as HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) units, cooling towers, generators, etc. Imagine quieting the deep hum of an outdoor air conditioning unit so it can be replaced with the sound of chirping birds instead. Exterior FSorb looks at the whole picture, not just the interior. We understand how exterior noise can go above the legal limit. Most cities require below 45 decibels, so we offer many applications to find a solution specified to your needs. We also understand what it means to be a good neighbor when an exterior nuisance is addressed (like your loud heat pump when it comes on). Reducing surrounding noise is a win-win for everyone. Risks of Exterior Noise Accumulation It was found that reading comprehension and language skills diminished when children and adults were exposed to noisy classrooms. Even when the leadership in charge keeps classroom noise down, simple chatter from halls or other classrooms could even permeate certain closed doors. Add in exterior noise from open windows, open vents, or poor construction, and this accumulation of sound could make some people, over time, susceptible to possible health compromises. Exterior noise impacts those in schools, homes, and workplaces. According to a study on the effects of traffic exterior noise from researchers at the Université de Bourgogne Franche Comté, France, it was reported that “Traffic noise is found to be associated with an increased risk of CV [cardiovascular] diseases, including MI [myocardial infarction] and stroke and one meta-analysis has found that there is a linear relationship between exposure to transport noise and the incidence of ischemic heart disease” (1). Exterior noise can also affect those exposed while sleeping. From the same study out of the Université de Bourgogne Franche Comté, researchers cite the sympathetic (fight or flight) systemic response “Nocturnal noise exposure has been shown to increase heart rate and blood pressure through activation of the sympathetic nervous system, reducing heart rate variability” (1). Many other studies support this research proving how noise pollution is an underlying potential health risk that warrants more study. In fact, according to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Noise pollution adversely affects the lives of millions of people. Studies have shown that there are direct links between noise and health. Problems related to noise include stress-related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity” (2). Exterior Soundproofing Is Up To You After an EPA study, the Office of Noise Abatement and Control (ONAC) was formed under the Clean Air Act in 1978. The mission was to “carry out investigations and studies on noise and its effect on the public health and welfare.” However, for various reasons, the ONAC was disbanded just three years later. The government determined that noise issues would be best handled by local and state authorities. Unfortunately, without federal regulation, most states do not put noise control at the top of the list when it comes to the many other pressing matters at hand. As a result, noise pollution continues to linger in the background with few commercial or residential concerns being addressed. As health compromises could be a consideration, although further noise study is recommended, there really are not enough rules in place to make exterior soundproofing standard practice. Therefore, most need to take exterior soundproofing into their own hands. So, utilizing a company whose products are durable, safe, and fit into the available space is essential. FSorb utilizes up to 81% post-consumer recycled, non-toxic, Class A fire tested materials in sourcing for interior and exterior soundproofing materials. These materials pose no VOC (volatile organic compounds) off-gassing or other toxic compromises that, over time, could be unsafe to human health. Exterior FSorb goes beyond the standard recommendations to withstand outdoor elements. Options for Exterior Noise Mitigation When addressing outdoor sounds, there are many options for dealing with exterior noise mitigation. Some of these options include: Exterior acoustic sound-absorbing panels Sound curtains Outdoor rooftop sound wall enclosure Indoor/outdoor sound blankets Window and door reinforcement Sound masking (using soothing indoor sounds to drown out exterior noise) Many people do not realize that, although constructing a concrete wall around rooftop noise-producing equipment will block the sound, the sound will bounce off the concrete and still be a problem. That is unless there is also a sound absorptive product like FSorb being installed to stop it. It is essential to maintain precision exterior soundproofing while upholding material integrity. FSorb achieves this through materials that contain: Weather-resistant components (heat and cold) UV (ultra-violet) stability Mold and mildew growth prevention Two-inch thick insulation Sheets stocked in 4’x8’ (can be custom cut to any shape) Outdoor blended colors in grey or tan Power wash (with bleach) safe at a maximum of 1,600 PSI at 12” from the surface Due to high standard satisfaction, Exterior FSorb is the material of choice for cellular companies T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. This is because we go above and beyond. FSorb addresses the full spectrum of soundproofing so the job is completed properly. Acoustic Engineering Expertise Working with a soundproofing company to address interior sound issues is one thing but when exterior noise solutions are needed it is imperative to employ acoustic engineering expertise. Some examples of what an acoustical engineer needs to take into consideration when exterior noise is a concern, include: Utilizing flexible sound-blocking polymers Sound power reduction by 6dB for every doubling of distance from the source Sound transmission Clarification (STC) - Standard single-number metric to describe sound-blocking materials and how much sound is blocked from going through a product. Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) - Used to measure the sound transfer between outdoor and indoor spaces. It uses decibel (dB) levels measured between frequencies of 80 Hz and 4,000 Hz. FSorb works to find the best exterior soundproofing solutions that either comply with or go beyond these and many other sound rating systems. In addition, FSorb has a wellness and sustainability expert that works hand-in-hand with acoustic engineers to ensure full safety and environmentally friendly protocol. This includes the use of antimicrobial, long-lasting, durable, safe, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and LBC (Living Building Challenge) applications. Working with FSorb means working with a team of specialists that surpass the industry standards. We consider soundproofing an environmental art that solves the many sound issues which can interrupt progress and creativity and embrace the full human element that is challenged by all levels of noise on a daily basis. At FSorb, we are motivated by improving human health and do so by creating eco-friendly acoustic products. Our mission is to help designers build beautiful spaces that reduce excess ambient noise while calming the human nervous system. With over 25 years in the acoustic business we stand behind FSorb as a durable, environmentally friendly, and low-cost product. If you want an acoustic solution that is safe to human health at an affordable price, then we are your resource. (844) 313-7672 Sources:

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    OUR COMMITMENT At FSorb, we are motivated by improving human health and do so by creating eco-friendly acoustic products. Our mission is to help designers build beautiful spaces that reduce excess ambient noise while calming the human nervous system. With over 25 years in the acoustic business we stand behind FSorb as a durable, environmentally friendly, and low-cost product. If you want an acoustic solution that is safe to human health at an affordable price, then we are your resource. OUR PROJECTS: OUR TEAM: Doug Bixel President Jeff Lewis Estimating / Engineering Robert Wedlaw Inside Sales Manager Yancy Wright Wellness / Sustainability Specialist Sergio Arrias Warehouse Stephanie Barragan Office Administration Ben Huth Project Manager OUR CLIENTS:

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    ACOUSTICS MADE HEALTHY Eco-friendly acoustic wall and ceiling panels THE FUTURE FOR SOUND ABSORPTION FSorb is an environmentally friendly acoustic product made from recycled polyester plastics (up to 81% post consumer). ​ Completely safe to human health, it is highly durable, and easy to work with. If you want the best price point on a healthy acoustic panel that won't fall apart, doesn't contain chemicals or fiberglass, and is easy to keep clean, we are your resource. Read more IMPRESSIVE STATS Ideal for retrofit and new space Install direct or suspended Smooth textured and easy to install Stocked in standard 4×8 panels Custom cut to any size or shape Contains no VOCs, or chemicals Hypoallergenic (no fiberglass) DIGITAL BROCHURE NRC 1.05 Sound Ratings > FIRE: CLASS 'A' Fire Test > 24 COLORS Selection > FSorb is the healthy building choice for top acoustic performance, durability, enhanced voice absorption, and thermal properties. Out of gallery WHAT OTHERS SAY “FSorb provided us a healthy acoustic product for our school at an economical price point we could not have received with any other product.” Westside School The sequencing of our construction required acoustic panels be installed before chilled beams in the exposed ceiling and before building enclosure. FSorb was moisture resistant, easy to clean, durable, and cheaper than the specified product Sellen Construction "When they first opened it was really loud and uncomfortable. After they installed FSorb it changed a lot and we can now talk and understand each other without shouting." Bottle & Bull Pub Patron NEWS & UPDATES Apr 19 7 min Background Sounds Impact Solo-tasking and Multitasking: In Positive and Negative Ways Do you feel that you can multitask better than handling single tasks? Some research begs to disagree. A study from the University of... 93 Apr 5 5 min Tackling Exterior Noise We are constantly inundated with various levels of noise. Often, these are sounds that bounce around our interior space. Untethered,... 133 Mar 15 8 min Quieting the Mind: Creating Ways to Minimize Stress in Chaotic Times Is it difficult for you to find peace and quiet in your world today? In the last few years, we’ve endured civil unrest, political... 125

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