Look up to Create Better Learning Environments

By Kathy Price-Robinson

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the design challenges faced in various education spaces and how to apply acoustical control to enhance learning environments for students and teachers, especially as it relates to earning LEED certification.
  2. Review how sustainability benefits of ceilings and walls contribute to high performance schools and LEED certification.
  3. Define how ceiling and wall solutions contribute to LEED IAQ credits.
  4. Describe how integrated ceiling solutions and common conditions can increase an educational facility’s performance for the benefit of students and teachers.
  5. Define how inspiring ceiling designs can transform spaces in educational environments.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
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Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
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This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

In this course, we consider the impacts that excess noise can have on learning environments and on those who occupy these noisy spaces, and how to design ceilings and walls to help create quieter spaces that are more conducive to thinking, learning, and discussion.

We also discuss how to achieve better air quality and sustainability in schools with ceiling specification, which helps earn LEED certification, as well as gracefully and stylishly integrating lighting, HVAC, and electronics into the ceiling design. Equally important is creating inspirational spaces that will engage not just the students, teachers, and administrators, but also the public and benefactors.

Look Up


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For more than 150 years, we have built our business on trust and integrity. It set us apart then, and it sets us apart now, along with our ability to collaborate with and innovate for the people we’re here to serve—our customers, our shareholders, our communities, and our employees.

We are committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that empower our customers to create beautiful, high-performance residential and commercial buildings. We continue to grow and prosper for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. armstrongceilings.com/commercial


Originally published in November 2019