Chapter 9

Acoustical Ceiling Design and Application


The development of suspended ceiling systems in the early 1950s produced a shift in thinking about the function of a ceiling in construction. Where conventional ceilings had been regarded simply as a single-plane, fire-protective, finished element, the new suspended ceilings offered access to plumbing, electrical and mechanical components in overhead runs.

Today’s suspended ceiling systems provide even more advantages for building construction, including a range of options for acoustical control, fire protection, lighting systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), building technology systems and security networks. Vast selections of ceiling designs are available to achieve design considerations such as aesthetic appearance, budget considerations, durability and functional requirements.

Sustainability is a major design consideration. Development of today’s acoustical ceiling products involves careful selection of building materials, construction methods and design details to create ceilings that consume fewer natural resources to build, maintain and remain viable in the future.

This chapter defines the various types of acoustical ceiling tile and grid products as well as design considerations.

Note that many different organizations provide information and recommended standards or tolerances for installing ceiling ...

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