The following 12 products represent the latest offerings in ceiling and acoustical systems.
1. EZ Stab
The EZ Stab Bolt Slot and EZ Stab Tier Drop suspension systems feature the stainless steel EZ Stab clip, which is stronger than standard clips on the market, according to the maker. Its double-stitched web and staggered rivet holes add stability and reduce twisting. Both systems feature a mitered design on the cross tee and main runner intersections for a clean, continuous slot with multiple lengths.
More on CertainTeed Ceilings’ EZ Stab system.
Designed in collaboration with HOK and designer Guillaume Martin, this acoustic tile line offers a selection of organic, abstract, and geometric patterns that can be re-colored to fit the design of any room. A honeycomb design absorbs both high and low frequencies for robust acoustical performance. The Greenguard Gold-certified panels are made of formaldehyde-free, fiberglass composite construction.
More on Hunter Douglas’ Techstyle ceiling.
3. Series 487-ar
Double-glazed, demountable interior office partition system delivers an acoustical rating of up to 47 STC to keep exterior sound out and interior sound in. The system’s 3-1/2-inch air cavity between the two glass lites maximizes acoustical privacy while allowing ample natural light to flow through office interiors. With available snap-in pocket fillers, the Series 487-AR can be converted into a single-glaze system for enhanced versatility.
More on C.R. Laurence’s Series 487-AR office partition system.
4. Simple Modern
Pure + Freeform
This new collection of interior and exterior metal wall panel and ceiling systems offers nine finishes that were inspired by the design team’s discovery of ancient objects during recent travels. Blue Rust, for example, is a fresh take on rust, with purple and sea blue tones, that was inspired from the Beverly Pepper sculpture outside of the Ara Pacis in Rome. Parisian Rust (pictured) was inspired by an 18th-century manuscript found in Paris.
More on Pure + Freeform’s Simple Modern panels.
5. Echostar panels
This line of diamond-shaped acoustic panels is designed to be installed in specific areas that require enhanced acoustical control. The diamond facets deflect sound waves while the surface absorbs sound, reducing echo and controlling noise. The single or linked units are available in five colors: white, ivory, speckled gray, gray, and charcoal. The distinctive units also serve as an architectural effect.
More on Kirei’s Echostar panels.
6. Metalworks Blades
Line of aluminum ceiling blades has been expanded with 24- and 48-inch lengths—joining the existing line of 96-inch panels—offering designers more flexibility to achieve custom-looking ceiling designs with standard items, including striated, geometric, herringbone, cellular, and linear. The blades are available as perforated or unperforated panels, and in nine colors and six effects.
More on Armstrong’s MetalWorks Linear Blades.
This collection of modular acoustical fins is constructed from the company’s Soft Sound material (100% PET plastic with up to 50% recycled content) to drastically reduce sound reverberation. The fins are available in a multitude of lengths and depths, are easy to install, and can be mixed and matched in numerous configurations. The material can be spaced to accommodate off-the-shelf lighting systems. Starting price: $150/fin.
More on Arktura’s Soundedge.
8. Integrity 4200
Designed for museums, art galleries, hotels, event spaces, office lobbies, airports, and other high-profile interiors, the Chicago Metallic Integrity 4200 suspension system features a double reveal for a high-end look with a smooth, white surface. It uses Rockfon acoustic stone wool panels with a square tegular narrow edge. The panels rest flush with the center bar of the grid profile to produce the double reveal.
More on Rockfon’s Integrity 4200 ceiling system.
9. Miami-dade-ready ceilings
Six exterior ceiling systems by USG have received Notices of Acceptance (NOAs) from Miami-Dade County for performance during severe weather testing. Included in the approvals are USG’s drywall suspension system and a series of metal exterior ceilings, including Paraline Plus Linear, Celebration Snap-In, and Celebration Torsion Spring. Applications include soffits, parking garages, and covered entrances.
More on USG Miami-Dade-ready ceilings.
The historic King of England building in Stuttgart, Germany, is the first suspended-ceiling application for GKD’s CMP-Alu6010 composite mesh panel. The panels were used for the grid-free installation of ceiling elements made of gold-anodized aluminum mesh, creating a striking space on the top floor of the building. Made of metal mesh and aluminum honeycomb plate, the material delivers sag-free performance.
More on GKD’s CMP-Alu6010 composite mesh panel.
11. qmark panels
Marley Engineered Products
Radiant ceiling panels are designed to provide localized spot heating or primary heating for a range of applications, from hotels to offices to hospital rooms. The panels can be specified by dimension and output level, and are offered in custom colors and finishes. Panels are available in standard 24x24- and 24x48-inch drop ceiling panels, as well as custom sizes up to 28 inches wide and 96 inches long.
More on Marley Qmark panels.
12. Integrated Solar Nightlight
Tubular daylighting device for light commercial and residential applications features a solar panel that harvests and stores power, so that when the sun goes down it’s illuminated as a nightlight. During the day, the system functions as a daylighting device, transferring light down a highly reflective tube—which bends up to 90 degrees and can be up to 70 feet long—and distributes it evenly into an interior space.
More on the Solatube Integrated Solar Nightlight.
Windows and Doors | Mar 5, 2023
2022 North American Fenestration Standard released
The 2022 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, “North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights” (NAFS) has been published. The updated 2022 standard replaces the 2017 edition, part of a continued evolution of the standard to improve harmonization across North America, according to a news release.
AEC Innovators | Mar 3, 2023
Meet BD+C's 2023 AEC Innovators
More than ever, AEC firms and their suppliers are wedding innovation with corporate responsibility. How they are addressing climate change usually gets the headlines. But as the following articles in our AEC Innovators package chronicle, companies are attempting to make an impact as well on the integrity of their supply chains, the reduction of construction waste, and answering calls for more affordable housing and homeless shelters. As often as not, these companies are partnering with municipalities and nonprofit interest groups to help guide their production.
Codes | Mar 2, 2023
Biden Administration’s proposed building materials rules increase domestic requirements
The Biden Administration’s proposal on building materials rules used on federal construction and federally funded state and local buildings would significantly boost the made-in-America mandate. In the past, products could qualify as domestically made if at least 55% of the value of their components were from the U.S.
AEC Innovators | Feb 28, 2023
Meet the 'urban miner' who is rethinking how we deconstruct and reuse buildings
New Horizon Urban Mining, a demolition firm in the Netherlands, has hitched its business model to construction materials recycling. It's plan: deconstruct buildings and infrastructure and sell the building products for reuse in new construction. New Horizon and its Founder Michel Baars have been named 2023 AEC Innovators by Building Design+Construction editors.
Sustainability | Feb 8, 2023
A wind energy system—without the blades—can be placed on commercial building rooftops
Aeromine Technologies’ bladeless system captures and amplifies a building’s airflow like airfoils on a race car.
Mass Timber | Jan 27, 2023
How to set up your next mass timber construction project for success
XL Construction co-founder Dave Beck shares important preconstruction steps for designing and building mass timber buildings.
Concrete | Jan 24, 2023
Researchers investigate ancient Roman concrete to make durable, lower carbon mortar
Researchers have turned to an ancient Roman concrete recipe to develop more durable concrete that lasts for centuries and can potentially reduce the carbon impact of the built environment.
Standards | Jan 19, 2023
Fenestration Alliance updates liquid applied flashing standard
The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) published an update to its Liquid Applied Flashing Standard. The document contains minimum performance requirements for liquid applied flashing used to provide water-resistive seals around exterior wall openings in buildings.
Products and Materials | Jan 18, 2023
6 innovative products for multifamily developments
Here are six innovative products for various multifamily developments, including a condominium-wide smart electrical system, heavy-duty aluminum doors, and prefabricated panels.
Products and Materials | Jan 18, 2023
Is inflation easing? Construction input prices drop 2.7% in December 2022
Softwood lumber and steel mill products saw the biggest decline among building construction materials, according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index.