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Acoustical Shading

Draper’s new line of acoustical shading, EchoControl, is designed to address one of the most pervasive pollutants we battle today – noise.

According to the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, a national non-profit organization with extensive online noise-related resources, (www.nonoise.org), “Noise is among the most pervasive pollutants today…Noise negatively affects human health and well-being. Problems related to noise include hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, distraction and lost productivity, and a general reduction in the quality of life and opportunities for tranquility.”

As commercial design trends continue to lean toward the contemporary – open spaces and sleek surfaces with the use of more glass and exposed ceilings – and with LEED objectives in mind, architects have been met with new acoustical challenges. Draper’s EchoControl addresses acoustical needs within the commercial and office environment. It has been shown to display increased absorption among human speech frequencies, making it even more effective at controlling sound in environments, such as office settings, in which privacy and noise reduction are key.

Why should we use sound absorbents?

  • To reduce reverberation inside a room (echo)
  • To reduce the overall level of sound
  • Acoustic treatments are used to improve the acoustics within a room by using sound-absorptive materials, like our EchoControl, to reduce echoing caused by sound reflecting off hard surfaces (like windows).

Walls, especially those with windows, offer good surfaces to install acoustic absorbers. This fabric offers a unique combination of acoustic and lighting control and comfort! Available on both motorized and manual shades.

EchoControl Fabric Features:

  • Light-filtering – diffuses light, reduces glare
  • Controls solar heat gain
  • Reduces fading of interior furnishings
  • Certified to GREENGUARD GOLD standards
  • Infused with Micorban® antimicrobial product protection
  • NRC*: 0.60
*The Noise Reduction Coefficient  ASTM C423-90a ( NRC) rates the effectiveness of a material to absorb sound. The NRC scale ranges between 0 and 1 (0 being completely reflective and 1 being completely absorptive). This is calculated by averaging the frequencies of 250, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz (rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.05).