A Hygienic Learning Space
Studies demonstrate that indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air, a fact that is especially concerning within schools.
Cleaning products, carpeting, treated fabrics and engineered wood furniture have the potential to release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde in particular, into the air. When inhaled, it causes a negative effect on student cognitive abilities and contributes to absenteeism among students, teachers and staff. The specification and installation of walls and ceilings with technology to reduce formaldehyde is an effective means of improving indoor air quality and positively impacting student outcomes and teacher turnover.
A Serene Learning Space
Good classroom acoustics has a direct impact on the clarity of communication between students and teachers, affecting both the learning process and the physical and psychological health of both.
Noise disturbances can greatly impede the transfer and absorption of knowledge as they compromise the students’ capacity to concentrate and learn, and the teachers’ ability to project their voices and control the classroom.
The negative impacts of noise on well-being include an increased heart rate, raised blood pressure and reduced oxygen in the blood. All of this translates into barriers to optimal educational achievement. For example, research has shown that reading scores for children in ‘noisy’ classrooms are around one year behind those in ‘quiet’ classrooms.
Our acoustic solutions are purpose-built to limit noise distractions, so that students can focus and pay closer attention, can hear and be heard clearly, can concentrate when reading and preparing work, and can ultimately learn more effectively (research lead by Gyproc Ireland).
A Safe Learning Space
Schools are subjected to extreme wear and tear as a result of the energetic activity, sports equipment, and rucksacks of a multitude of students.
This is especially prevalent in passageways where walls can become easily and badly damaged. In addition to affecting the aesthetics and maintenance costs, the physicality and physical obstacles can lead to injuries, putting student and staff safety at risk. Fire safety is the other major concern in schools. Our dry lining and ceiling systems and solutions come with a lifetime guarantee of robustness and fire protection.
A Sustainable Learning Space
All of the parts and processes that make up a building, be they raw materials or the structural design, have a significant impact on the well-being of its inhabitants and the state of the environment.
No more so than in the case of educational settings where the younger generation is learning about the serious influence of sustainability on its future. With our range of gypsum-based interior building products and systems, we have pledged to make a difference and urge you to follow suit when it comes to choosing sustainable products for constructing your educational facilities.
In order to create a space where students can excel, we are committed to delivering innovative interior building systems and solutions which improve the educational environment through better thermal control, aesthetics, air quality and, perhaps most importantly, acoustics. We have embraced the fact that beyond the regulatory and code requirements, modernising school buildings features good acoustical design. Our products also benefit you through faster completion times and cost savings in your construction project.