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Improving IEQ for Students & Faculty Starts at the Ceiling

April 19, 2022 1 min read
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By the time a student graduates from high school, they will have spent an estimated 15,600 hours in a school building. That fact, paired with the statistic that we spend 90% of our lives indoors, shows the great need for improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in school facilities.

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions has been a trusted name in acoustics for more than 150 years. We’ve added improving indoor air quality (IAQ) to our portfolio of solutions with in-ceiling air purification systems. IEQ encompasses everything from acoustics, air quality, light, aesthetics, and temperature.

How does a ceiling contribute to better IAQ?

Specially engineered suspended ceilings are a proven technology in patient rooms, clean rooms, and laboratories to help prevent the spread of contaminants. You can now use them in classrooms and any facility. AirAssure™ ceiling panels with an integrated factory-gasketed edge provide a tighter fitting ceiling to reduce air leakage. These gasketed panels help contain the air and have been proven to increase the effectiveness of in-ceiling air filtration by up to 40%. AirAssure ceiling panels also feature Total Acoustics® performance, contributing to improved learning through better acoustics.

Can ESSER Funds be used to purchase Armstrong products?

Absolutely! ESSER Funds cover school facility repairs to reduce the risk of virus transmission and support student health. The Armstrong VidaShield UV24™ Air Purification system can be easily installed in the ceiling in classrooms, cafeterias, nurses’ suites, and common areas (this eliminates the tripping hazards and lost floor space from portable air purification units). The patented UV-C air purification system cleans the air; this contributes to healthier spaces by minimizing allergy and asthma triggers. Schools nationwide are installing the VidaShield units and paying for them with ESSER funds.

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Classroom ceiling with Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions