Improving classroom acoustics through collaboration with CertainTeed


ASSA ABLOY is integrating its industry-leading door and frame systems with CertainTeed Corporation’s insulation and ceiling panels to address acoustic challenges in classrooms, a key factor affecting student performance.

ASSA ABLOY’s collaboration with CertainTeed – the first collaboration of its kind in the industry – has uncovered simple solutions that address these acoustic challenges and reduce sound reverberation in the classroom. Together the two companies represent global leadership in door opening solutions, gypsum board, ceilings and insulation – bringing together world-class technical expertise to create recommendations for interior spaces that meet or exceed the most stringent acoustic requirements.   

“This landmark collaboration between ASSA ABLOY and CertainTeed places the needs of education front and center,” says Stacey Callahan, vice president of marketing and innovation for ASSA ABLOY. “The standard we are setting for the built environment is ‘head of the class’ in form and function – a superior solution that exceeds the expectations of our (or education’s) stakeholders.”

Preliminary research shows that the two companies have demonstrated significant acoustical improvements by integrating doors from ASSA ABLOY Group brands CECO Door and CURRIES and thresholds and weather stripping from PEMKO with CertainTeed’s noise-reducing gypsum board, fiberglass batt insulation and mineral fiber ceiling panels.

Together they are designing and testing these interior solutions to provide exceptional acoustic control in classrooms, music rooms, administrative offices, bathrooms and hallways. Each of the design configurations have been crafted to meet Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings, as well as those of the American National Standards Institute, LEED for Schools, and the 2012 International Green Construction Code, among others.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), proper acoustics in the classroom are a critical factor when it comes to students’ ability to understand familiar words and learn new information.