Re: Common house design
From: Kathryn McCamant (kmccamantCOHOUSING-SOLUTIONS.COM)
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 11:27:05 -0700 (PDT)
I don't think you want it totally "dead."

Kathryn McCamant, President
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On 5/23/15, 11:17 AM, "R Philip Dowds" <rpdowds [at]> wrote:

>We have a Tectum ceiling.  It doesn't do the job.  It's unlikely that any
>single surface will do the job by itself.  Designing a "dead"
>(non-reverberant) room requires multiple strategies and materials.
>R Philip Dowds / Cornerstone Cohousing
>175 Harvey Street, Unit 5
>Cambridge, MA 02140
>land:     617.354.6094
>mobile: 617.460.4549
>email:   rpdowds [at] <mailto:rpdowds [at]>
>> On May 23, 2015, at 1:56 PM, Sharon Villines
>><sharon [at]> wrote:
>>> Acoustics are not a
>>> problem because Chuck designed full accoustic (tectum) paneling on
>>> of the great room. Yes, this costs moneyŠabout $12K if I remember
>>> But given thousands of hours of use our common house gets, it was very
>>> well worth it.
>> How high is your ceiling?
>> I also wanted Tectum but we ended up with (boring) acoustical panels.
>>I'm constantly warning people about protecting them -- don't lean ladders
>>against them, don't poke pins in them to hang decorations, don't lean
>>decorative baskets against them, etc.
>> For those who don't know Tectum is a like wood shavings compressed into
>>a block like tile. It can be painted and cleaned. Balls bouncing off it
>>don't make dents, except maybe in the ball.
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