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Commercial Acoustic Panels: Technical specifications and standards in Australia

In Australia, acoustic panels are subject to specific technical specifications and standards to ensure they meet local regulatory requirements and performance expectations.

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While these specifications can vary based on the intended application and project requirements, here are some general technical specifications commonly observed for acoustic panels in Australia:

  1. Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC): Similar to global standards, the NRC is a critical indicator of an acoustic panel's ability to absorb sound energy across a range of frequencies. Acoustic panels in Australia are typically tested and rated for their NRC performance, with higher values indicating greater sound absorption capabilities.

  2. Sound Transmission Class (STC): The STC rating measures a panel's effectiveness in reducing the transmission of airborne sound through walls, ceilings, and floors. Acoustic panels designed for use in building partitions or enclosures may be tested for their STC performance to ensure compliance with Australian standards and regulations.

  3. Weight and Density: Acoustic panels' weight and density can impact their sound absorption properties, durability, and ease of installation. Panels with higher density materials may offer better low-frequency absorption and improved structural integrity.

  4. Fire Resistance: In Australia, acoustic panels used in commercial or public buildings must adhere to strict fire safety regulations outlined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian Standards. Acoustic panels are typically classified based on their fire resistance properties, including flame spread, smoke development, and combustibility ratings.

  5. VOC Emissions: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitted from building materials can have adverse effects on indoor air quality and occupant health. Acoustic panels may be tested for VOC emissions to ensure they meet Australian standards for indoor air quality, such as the Green Star rating system and relevant VOC emission limits.

  6. Dimensional Stability: Acoustic panels should maintain dimensional stability and structural integrity under varying environmental conditions, including temperature and humidity fluctuations. Panels with poor dimensional stability may warp, crack, or degrade over time, compromising their acoustic performance and longevity.

  7. Finish and Aesthetic Options: Acoustic panels in Australia are available in a range of finishes, colors, textures, and patterns to suit diverse design preferences and architectural styles. These options allow architects, designers, and building owners to integrate acoustic solutions seamlessly into interior spaces while enhancing their visual appeal.

  8. Installation Guidelines: Manufacturers typically provide detailed installation guidelines and recommendations for acoustic panels to ensure proper mounting, spacing, and alignment. Following these guidelines is essential for maximizing the panels' acoustic performance and longevity while maintaining compliance with relevant standards and regulations.

When selecting acoustic panels for projects in Australia, it's crucial to verify that they meet applicable standards, certifications, and performance requirements. Consulting with acoustic consultants, architects, or suppliers with expertise in Australian building codes and standards can help ensure the specified panels align with project objectives and regulatory compliance.

Based in Melbourne's outer east, BACH Commercial partners with builders and architects to design and install custom acoustic panels for all types of industries throughout Victoria, including education, commercial, and more. Discover our range at

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