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‘Innovative’ new engineered wood flooring has integral acoustic layer

ACOUSTIC insulation experts CMS Danskin Acoustics and specialist dry lay flooring company Tier Global have collaborated to develop what they describe as an innovative engineered wood flooring system with integral Regupol acoustic layer. It’s thought to be the first to have a built-in acoustic layer.

Named TIERacoustix, the floorboard is manufactured in the UK, has UKCA approval and received CE certification in late January 2022. TIERacoustix consists of a thick UV-oiled oak wearlayer reportedly suitable for commercial use, a Regupol Eco 18db reduction layer and a laminated birch core.
A variant, TIERacoustix Magnetic, also incorporates Tier Global’s patented magnetic backing for dry-lay projects where access to raised access floor voids is required.

Says the company: ‘In addition to the good acoustic dampening qualities of the new product, the tongue-and-groove version reduces installation time by up to 50% and the magnetic version cuts installation time by up to 75%.’

TIERacoustix is produced at Tier Global’s production line in the UK. CMS Danskin Acoustics supplies the acoustic Regupol layer, which is laminated into the middle of the board. Reportedly a sustainable product, Regupol is manufactured from recycled aircraft tyres.

Continues the company: ‘TIERacoustix and TIERacoustix Magnetic have undergone rigorous testing and meet current regulations and performance requirements, including fire resistance, formaldehyde emissions, anti-slip properties and, thermal conductivity. TIERacoustix has other significant benefits over the traditional four-component (adhesive, rubber, adhesive, flooring) process for installing engineered wood floors.’

Tier Global director Dale Nunn explains, ‘Installing TIERacoustix and TIERacoustix Magnetic is considerably swifter, because both involve just two components, that means fewer site visits and deliveries and easier unloading. Without compromising quality, the incorporation of the Regupol layer has resulted in a major reduction in critical path onsite.’

Chris Fitzpatrick, head of product development at CMS Danskin Acoustics, says TIERacoustix is a major advance, ‘We were delighted to apply our acoustic insulation expertise to this joint development project. This is an innovative product that’s already generating considerable interest from architects, specifiers and building contractors attracted by its noise reduction properties, the speed with which it can be installed and the magnetic option for use on raised access floors.’

TIERacoustix is available in 12 standard colours or more than 1,000 bespoke colours and finishes. It can reportedly be laid on concrete or timber subfloors or to span joists and carries the FSC and PEFC marks. ‘TIERacoustix Magnetic is easy to lift and reinstate without impact on the quality of the finish.’

In addition to these wood flooring products, Tier Global is developing a ceramic tile version with integrated Regupol acoustic layer and magnetic backing to give the same performance as a traditional wet laid floor.

Tier Global has a patent pending on TIERacoustix and TIERacoustix Magnetic. ‘Many successful applications are to be announced shortly.’

Part of SIG plc, CMS Danskin Acoustics produces and sources insulation products advising on matters relating to soundproofing materials and noise reduction strategies, including floors, ceilings, and walls, to combat airborne and impact noise. Notable projects include the Bank of England, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and The Shard.

Tier Global specialises in engineered wood flooring, including its magnetic flooring system for raised access floors which has been used in corporate, medical, retail, exhibition, education, and airport settings. Projects include Nasdaq, Pan Macmillan Publishers, and BBC White City Soho House.

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