Acoustics in Schools and Universities

Poor acoustics can lead to learning setbacks, especially for a child with hearing impairments or learning disabilities. A school’s needs vary as widely as its classroom designs – the ability to hear well with minimal reverberation is paramount in a standard classroom, but in a library or media center, the same speech intelligibility could distract students from reading or studying. Consider three main acoustical concerns as you design or renovate each space:

Background noise: This should be as low as possible in a traditional classroom to keep the instructor from having to speak louder in order to be heard over the noise. Background noise that’s too loud can lead to vocal strain for the teacher, and students may fall behind academically if they can't hear.

Reverberation time: This value should fall between 0.5 to 0.8 seconds, and the room should be adaptable to provide an even shorter reverberation time if a hearing impaired child joins the class. At the same time, you don’t want a lot of reflections that will just keep the sound within the space and interfere with speech intelligibility.

Sound isolation: Sounds leaking into the classroom from nearby spaces are an obvious distraction. Doors and windows are frequently the culprit here, especially because schools are likely to favor lighter doors which are easier for children to use, instead of heavy acoustical doors that block sound.

Diagnosing the Problem

If students or staff members are complaining, it’s time to do something about your acoustical problem. Hiring a trained consultant is the easiest, most effective way to get to the root of the issue.

People will say ‘We have an acoustics problem, can you recommend some panels we can put up?

Kingkus’ s qualified and experienced  acoustic engineers can advise on the best  form of acoustic treatment to various rooms and halls.  As Kingkus provide this  service is free of charge, it will be wise to speak to one of our acoustic engineers  at an early stage if your school project may have issues with acoustics.

The most common sources of acoustical dissatisfaction in schools include people in neighboring rooms and hallways, noise generated by copiers, computers, and other equipment, HVAC sounds, outdoor noises, and excessive echoing.According to kingkus designer.

Many times with schools, they have noisy cafeterias, gyms, or classrooms.Typically, these problems stem from reverberation or poor acoustics. They have a lot of hard surfaces in some of these areas, so they have a lot of noise that bounces around from kids.

Searching for Solutions

It’s easiest to address acoustics during construction, but for existing buildings, this isn’t an option. But this is very easy for Kingkus acoustic panel.You can glue or install the acosutic panel on the wall directly.Upgrading the gaskets on doors that connect classrooms, or simply replacing the doors and windows altogether, can go a long way toward keeping noise from leaking into neighboring rooms.

Extra background noise may also be caused by noisy equipment. If an air handling unit or chiller is brand-new or hasn’t been cleaned or serviced lately, it could be noisier than necessary and may create extra community noise.

Noise leads to lack of focus on the teacher and a poor learning environment,If everything’s not quiet, you either get noise coming from other classrooms or you can’t hear the teacher speak. It’d be hard to learn in that type of environment.

Poor acoustic conditions in the classroom increase the strain on teacher’s voices as most teachers find in difficult to cope with the high noise levels.  This often leads to throat  problems due to prolonged use of the voice and the need to speak very loudly to be heard.  Recent surveys in China and elsewhere show that teachers from a disproportionate percentage of throat clinic patients.

Using Kuscarved PET acoustic panels

These are very popular in school classrooms , music rooms and corridors as they can be glue bonded to the existing ceilings without any major changes of existing surfaces. Therefore lights , etc. do not need to move as the panels are simply cut around the light fittings.

Also being a D.I.Y product , many schools have in house maintenance team who can easily fit these themselves , which saves costs.  Being only 12mm thick and lightweight , they do not reduce headroom height.  An added bonus is that they are pre decorated in 24 kinds of colours hence no additional decoration is required.

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Using Kingkus shaped wood wool acoustic panels

Kingkus shaped Acoustic Panels is an environment-friendly, recyclable material made from wood wool, cement and water. The natural components together provide many functional characteristics. Kingkus Acoustic Panels is available in 5 patterns; Quilted, Check, Stripes, Lines and Diagonal, all designed to be combined into infinity.The panels are manufactured to suit the sizes required to suit the room or hall. Installation is simple as they are suspended on wooden keel.

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Using Kingkus MGO acoustic wall panels

Kingkus Mgo acoustic panels are extensively used in schools where it is practical to apply acoustic panelling onto walls. These are available in very wide range of standard sizes.

Kingkus Mgo perforated panel is used high quality magnesium cement as its substrate material, then paint emulsion paint of acrylic acid on it, and cover high quality anti-dust cloth on the surface at last.

A grade incombustible sound- absorbing board to have durability strong against heart, moisture and shocks, being economical, and to show high sound absorption rate(250~1000Hz) in medium/low frequency bands, as an harmless and eco-friendly material without mold or bacterium propagation, as well as a perforated board with optimal porosity rate on a natural inorganic(magnesium).

Using Kingkus Fabric acoustic panels

These are a widely used solution in sport halls where a degree of impact resistance is required from footballs, basketballs, shuttlecocks, etc. Many colours is available depending on minimum quantity. This product is used on high level walls and ceilings in sports halls, classrooms, corridors and music rooms.

Using kuswooden timber acoustic panels

These are used on ceilings and walls where an extremely strong and durable product is required which has great impact resistance as well as the beauty of wood veneer surface finishes. It gives a high class finish whilst providing excellent sound absorption . Slatted face patterns are available as well are circular hole face patterns. Painted finishes are also in the range of finishes.

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Using Printed image printed acoustic panels

KusPrinted acoustic panels do two jobs in one product. They not only reduce the noise levels but also decorate the room by the ability of digitally printed images on the face of these acoustic panels.

You can have images from our stock library which has tens of thousands of images or you can send us your own image which we can print on the acoustic panel. The higher the resolution of the image which you send then the higher the quality of the printed image on the acoustic panel.

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Using Door insulation sound reducing

These are high performance sound reducing doors which are used in noise sensitive rooms such as music practice rooms, private offices, etc.. They are come is a variety of different wood veneer finishes as well as painted finishes. 52 decibels sound rated are available in single door leaf and 49 decibels in double door leaf. Custom sizes can be manufactured also.

Kingkus will be pleased to assistance in helping to provide the best acoustic specification for your Schools and Universities.                                                                                                  Contact us for free technical advice at or 021-32035879

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