DESSO SoundMaster® backing

DESSO SoundMaster® backing

Less noise means more productive workforces. Quieter environments prevent health problems occurring, reduce stress levels and improve concentration. This is especially important in open plan offices where people need a space both for quiet concentration and open communication and where they need a place for private conversations as well as large-scale meetings1.

Additional noise from external factors such as traffic, heating and air conditioning and computer equipment make it hard for managers to achieve the optimum level of noise within buildings2. That is why good sound absorption and sound insulation is so important. And the best and most cost effective option comes with a SoundMaster carpet tile backing as opposed to the other often more expensive options such as ceilings, walls and panels.

DESSO SoundMaster carpet tile backing

DESSO SoundMaster offers an impact sound insulation value (ΔLw) up to +10 dB above the standard value3, thereby setting a new industry standard in carpet performance.

Carpet in general reduces the impact of sound by between 20 and 30 decibel4. DESSO SoundMaster achieves an improvement in sound absorption performance up to +0.15 (αw)3, equivalent to up to +100% improvement in comparison to standard carpet designs (αw value between 0.15 and 0.20)5.

The layered design of the carpet tile, and especially the SoundMaster backing, optimises the sound absorption and sound insulation. This felt backing is made from 100% polyester (80% recycled) and is specifically chosen for its advanced sound insulation and absorption properties. Additionally, it offers an even more comfortable underfoot feel than standard carpet. On top of its expertly designed functionality, the DESSO SoundMaster backing is a clear example of up-cycling with its 80%recycled content from used PET bottles.

1) Environmental Noise and Health in the UK, Health Protection Agency, p.57-58, Noise in figures, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, p.70-73.
2) According to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work the recommended noise level is 30-45 dB(A) while even in ‘quiet’ offices the average noise level is often between 40-45 dB.
3) Tests performed at SWA (Schall- und Wämemessstelle Aachen GmbH) – Institut für schalltechnische und wärmetechnische Prüfungen-Beratung- Planung.
4) To compare: other flooring solutions (non-carpet) generally give a value between 5 and 10 dB.
5) To compare: other flooring solutions (non-carpet) generally give a value between 0.05 and 0.10.