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AIA/CES Course on Acoustic Ceilings for Healthcare

Rockfon presents “Designing Acoustic Ceilings for Healthcare Buildings,” a new continuing education course. Participants are eligible to earn 1.0 Learning Units from the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System as well as from other architectural and interior design associations. Visit to learn more and register for this in-person course.


Hospitals, medical offices, elder care facilities and urgent care clinics are some of the building types represented in the course. Ceiling system components discussed include acoustic stone wool ceiling panels, metal ceiling panels and ceiling suspension systems.


Those who successfully complete the course will be able to recognize the challenges regarding effective acoustical and sustainable design that health care buildings face today. They will also understand how designing health care spaces, while keeping in mind the people who occupy and work in them, leads to a more healing environment for the patients, a more productive one for the hospital staff and a more efficient one for caregivers. They will recognize the negative effects of noise, poor IAQ and anti-microbial chemicals, and they can apply what is learned about acoustical ceilings, holistically, to specific project designs.


The Facility Guidelines Institute guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities and other health care building standards also are covered in the course. In regard to compliance with FGI’s guidelines, the course covers noise reduction in patient care areas using acoustic ceiling panels with high NRC ratings. It also covers sound insulation and speech privacy between rooms, using either full-height walls or acoustic plenum barriers.

In addition to AIA/CES LUs, Rockfon’s course is registered and approved by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, the Ontario Association of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Interior Design Continuing Education Council. IDCEC-approved courses offer continuing education units to members of the American Society of Interior Designers, the International Interior Design Association and the Interior Designers of Canada.

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