At present, due to the situation we are living, it is more than clear that innovations are something fundamental to the development of the company.
time to achieve a clear differentiation from competitors. “Accompanying the appearance of new national and international standards, we continue to develop our panels and technical solutions both functional and constructive. We are currently working on the development of construction systems with high mechanical performance and load bearing”, says Daniel Puebla, from Kingspan, with reference to technical floors.
One of the main innovations taking place in roofs are those known as “Islands”. The majority of manufacturers already offer acoustic islands with different shapes and dimensions that can be easily removed from the floor and with which excellent acoustic results are obtained, as well as providing a modern and exclusive decoration”, explains Amalia Roca, from Isolana.
An example of new innovations is presented by Armstrong, where they have devised “the Tech Zone system with the aim of organising the linear technical elements (lighting, air conditioning, etc.) in a modular and different way in the ceiling and easily integrating future technologies. This solution makes it possible to create a ceiling that is personalized and adapted to the space, with a monolithic and continuous visual appearance.
On the other hand, as far as new properties are concerned, there are the “antimicrobial” ones, where there are already there are certain materials that are used for this purpose. In wood, currently one of the innovations that will have more future is to find products that favor the environment and improve energy costs. In the market for wooden roofs, we are already starting to use materials from ecological forests with their certificates”.
“Absorbent acoustic ceilings allow, with different types of perforations, to respond to different sound frequencies, achieving absorption coefficients far above those required in the regulations,” explain from Knauf GmbH, which continue to indicate that “in this way they can respond to any need for sound absorption depending on the different rooms. These panels offer different advantages that adapt to the objectives that are set in the different works or renovations in office buildings, schools, homes, hospitals, restaurants, auditoriums, etc., each use can achieve a welcoming environment without disturbing reverberations. Another advantage of this type of ceiling is the “improvement in air quality, as absorbent acoustic ceilings reduce harmful substances and unpleasant odours.
thanks to the new technology for Knauf gypsum boards and improves the environment in an effective, durable and demonstrable way. A way to bring integral and environmental health to our home and work environment,” concludes Rosana Gallego.
On the other hand, with regard to technical floors, Rosana clarifies that “the very concept of continuous technical floors represents an evolution of the traditional technical floor screeds that can be registered, and they are beginning to coexist according to the needs of the project. Inert materials such as sulphate represent a great advance in fire protection with respect to traditional wood agglomerate”.
Fields of application
These systems can be installed in almost all situations, both in new construction and a posteriori, so they are also recommended in reforms and rehabilitations. For this reason, given the fall of new construction in recent years, focuses “an important part of the efforts in the rehabilitation market. In this sector, it has to be said that education and restoration are the sectors where the Noise document directly affects the CDE”, says Alberto Mínguez, from Rockwool.
Similarly, Sergio Oliván, of Spigo Group, thinks that “in the aspect of rehabilitation and reform of housing, are the continuous roofs that are best getting the cat to the water with this type of actions”. “In addition, these acoustic ceilings can improve the aesthetics of the space with a new vision of the ceilings, provide the supplement of insulation that is sometimes needed to obtain the required insulation with respect to the upper room or allow to hide the old installations. The consideration of these needs in a reform as well as the planning of spaces allows to obtain a balance between maximum use of the space and the acoustic well-being of the occupants”.