Lancaster, PA, July 22, 2014 -- Ecore International said that a series of recent acoustic tests performed by the Acoustics Laboratory at the University of Hartford confirmed that its Commercial Flooring’s Forest rx resilient floor finish is as quiet as carpet.
Forest rx features a vinyl wear layer bonded to a 97% recycled rubber backing, using Ecore’s patent-pending Itstru technology.
Two senior acoustical engineering students, Adam Paul and David Arena, took part in a semester long research study that focused on hospital noise
Paul and Arena performed an absorption test, a tapping machine test, and a rolling cart test to quantify the influence different flooring materials have on hospital corridor noise.
“It is widely accepted that the only ‘quiet’ floor finish is carpet; so, unless hygiene is a non-factor, we’ve all but abandoned hope of having an acoustically beneficial resilient floor finish,” said Sharon Paley, acoustic engineer with Ecore International.
“While anyone has yet to create a resilient floor finish that is as absorptive as carpet, Ecore has successfully created a resilient floor finish that is as quiet as carpet.”