We are SAS - Special Acoustic Services - so acoustics is right at the heart of what we do. As a technology-driven company, we are proud of our pioneering and long-standing position as market leaders of acoustic ceiling design and manufacture.
SAS achieve superior aesthetics, performance, and delivery through our comprehensive acoustic knowledge, design expertise and technical leadership. We use advanced acoustic modelling techniques and in-house test facilities to develop new products and improve existing ones. In order to provide our clients with expertise and meet their building requirements, SAS offers support from an in-house acoustic specialist.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ACOUSTICS
In building design, especially when repurposing a building for a commercial function, the ceiling can risk being an afterthought. However, those who understand acoustics know that ceiling design can have a significant impact on whether or not a space is fit-for-purpose. As one of the largest surface areas in a building, ceilings can be responsible for either absorbing or amplifying sound.
It is essential that a sound-absorbing product is employed in the ceiling area to control reverberance and occupational noise produced. Whether the space is somewhere used for static work like an office, or transient use, such as an entrance hall, how sound behaves is critical to making it a positive place to be in.
ACOUSTICS AND WELLBEING
Interior spaces of high activity can be acoustically challenging. Open plan layouts, high ceilings and large spaces cause sound to bounce off of surfaces, resulting in the sound becoming magnified. Human beings are designed with a built-in aversion to noisy environments. High noise levels trigger our stress response which means we are conditioned to be uncomfortable in environments that expose us to sustained uncontrolled sound. Therefore, effectively managing acoustics is essential for ensuring the wellbeing of those using the space, particularly in working or learning environments. Furthermore, although almost all persons struggle in environments where hearing is a challenge, those with hearing impediments and those who are neurodiverse may be at increased risk of finding amplified environments unbearable.
ACOUSTIC CEILING SOLUTIONS
There are a number of solutions for commercial spaces with acoustic challenges. Often high ceilings become an issue since sound is lost in the ‘dead space’ which can increase volume and reverberation around the room.
Our team are able to create totally bespoke acoustic ceiling solutions for any space, including suspended ceiling solutions as well as ceiling baffles, ceiling rafts, nodal ceilings and more. As a leading British manufacturer of metal ceilings, our technical expertise and innovation has enabled us to create a range of high-performing acoustic ceiling products that can reduce sound and help to bring harmony to your commercial or educational space.
Furthermore, design aesthetics are not an afterthought at SAS. We take pride in creating ceiling solutions that are as visually compelling as they are acoustically effective.
SAS ACOUSTIC PRODUCTS
SAS acoustic ceiling products absorb sound using an open-cell porous material faced with a perforated metal sheet. Most ceiling tiles rely entirely on the porous material behind the perforated metal to absorb the sound. Micro-perforated tiles are the exception and can offer sound absorption without a distinct porous backing. In both cases, sound is absorbed because the air particles have to vibrate within a medium that limits this movement. Porous absorbers are most effective when they coincide with air that is vibrating a lot. However, the vibration of air particles is not the same at every frequency or in every location within a room. As such, the effectiveness of a sound absorber is dependent on where it is placed.
SAS offers a range of ceiling products from suspended metal ceilings to baffles, ceiling rafts, nodal ceilings and more. Our team are able to create totally bespoke acoustic solutions for any space.
SAS’ clients benefit from our design expertise, manufacturing capabilities, and product quality as well as our specialist acoustic guidance including advice on acceptable levels of acoustic privacy, reverberance, and the acoustic characteristics of various types of spaces. We not only produce leading acoustic ceiling products, we also make sure they are used in the right way and we apply years of design and acoustic experience to make sure they work.
The confidence and assurance that SAS delivers are exemplified through the awards and accreditations achieved through the projects we have been involved in.
To learn more about the science of acoustics and its application within buildings, review our products' acoustic performance as well as our attenuation and absorption statements, click here