Eucalyptus may only be familiar to you for its pleasant-smelling oil, but the use of its wood in commercial building is on the rise. Native to Australia, eucalyptus is a fast-growing wood which can achieve growth of 6-12 feet in a single year. Some species can live as long as 1,000 years and depending on the variety, trees can grow to heights of 30 to 200 feet.
Theaters and concert halls are not the only locations that benefit from good acoustics. Soundproofing acoustics yields benefits for classrooms and offices as well. Excess noise can result in lower test scores for students and a decrease in productivity among office workers. Soundproofing an office can increase concentration, improve productivity levels, reduce the number of errors, and lower stress.
Metal may not be the material that comes to mind in regard to acoustic management, but there are a variety of innovative products in this category which can be applied to ceilings, walls, and floors. Perforated metal is one type of product designed to absorb sound and reduce noise. Perforated metal reduces noise by dispersing it. It is especially effective for buildings in commercial districts.
Architectural molding dates back to prehistoric times. Back then it usually had a purpose much more integral to the structural integrity of the building than today where its use is now more decorative. Moldings (sometimes spelled with a ‘u’ as in ‘moulding’) have historically been forged from stone, wood or other materials that were naturally available. Throughout the millennia different cultures adopted different architectural approaches to the use of molding.
The concept of sustainability is not new to us. It effects every aspect of our lives as more and more individuals, communities, and businesses understand its importance to the environment. There is a growing trend toward the use of bamboo and rattan in a variety of industries. While it’s in the nascent stages as a resource here in the US, China is the world leader in bamboo use.