How does it work?


By absorbing echoes and reflected sound BASWA Systems make conversation clearer, even in harsh situations, by reducing reverberation time.

The BASWA Systems have microscopically porous surfaces, that appear to be solid, applied onto a mineral wool panel. High frequency sound energy passes through the pores, into the mineral wool, and is converted into heat energy. Low frequency sound energy vibrates the porous surface diaphragmatically, transforming the sound energy into heat energy.

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Acoustical Test Data


The BASWA Phon Seamless Sound Absorbing Plaster System has been tested by independent third party testing agencies. Test Data simulates actual installed field condition details. Coefficient testing is calculated following ASTM C423 Sound Absorption Test guidelines for E Mounting. The chart below shows absorption coefficients and NRC Ratings for standard BASWA Phon Finishes by respective system thickness.

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BASWA Phon 125 250 500 1000 2000 4000 NRC Ratings
30mm Classic Fine Finish 0.32 0.34 0.86 0.98 0.89 0.72 0.75
40mm Classic Fine Finish 0.31 0.63 0.98 0.90 0.87 0.76 0.85
70mm Classic Fine Finish 0.45 0.92 0.99 0.84 0.84 0.70 0.90
30mm Classic Base Finish 0.24 0.30 0.92 1.01 0.90 0.80 0.80
40mm Classic Base Finish 0.34 0.52 1.00 1.00 0.88 0.84 0.85
70mm Classic Base Finish 0.44 0.95 1.05 0.91 0.84 0.76 0.95
30mm Fine Finish 0.27 0.32 0.90 1.04 0.89 0.80 0.80
40mm Fine Finish 0.35 0.59 0.99 0.98 0.87 0.83 0.85
70mm Fine Finish 0.44 0.91 0.99 0.95 0.82 0.75 0.90
30mm Base Finish 0.32 0.30 0.86 1.09 0.97 0.85 0.80
40mm Base Finish 0.29 0.54 1.04 1.08 0.93 0.88 0.90
70mm Base Finish 0.46 1.03 1.10 1.07 0.94 0.88 1.05

Other Test Data


FIRE TEST DATA
Class A Fire Rating per the ASTM E84 Standard.

MOLD & MILDEW TEST DATA
10 out of a best possible 10 (which signifies no growth) on both the front and back face per the ASTM D 3273 Standard.

VOC TEST DATA
Compliant with the California Section 01350.

LIGHT REFLECTANCE TEST DATA
Light Reflectance Value of 0.91 per the ASTM E 1477‐98 Standard.


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Specifications & Details


The heart of BASWA Phon's appeal is a combination of exceptional absorption with a strikingly beautiful appearance.

Classic Fine Finish


Premium Smooth Finish

Classic Fine Finish Characteristics
  +  Smoothest, Finest Marble Aggregate Finish 
  +  Hand Troweled, 2 Coat Finish on Factory Coated Panel
  +  NRC Ratings Ranging from 0.75 to 0.90
  +  Continues to set aesthetic and performance standards for seamless acoustical products.

BASWA Phon Classic Fine Assembly
Once BASWA Phon Panels are properly adhered to an acceptable stable substrate, beveled seams are filled with BASWA Fill. Once dry, a coat of BASWA Base is trowel applied over the surface. After drying overnight, a coat of BASWA Fine is trowel applied. 

Classic Base Finish


Formerly Resilient Finish

Smooth, Durable, Washabale, Mold and Mildew Resistant Finish

Classic Base Finish Characteristics
  +  Smooth Marble Aggregate Finish
  +  Hand Troweled, 2 Coat Finish on Factory Coated Panel
  +  NRC Ratings Ranging from 0.80 to 0.95
  +  Ideal for high humidity; spas, natatoriums, or porte-cochères.

BASWA Phon Classic Base Assembly
Once BASWA Phon Panels are properly adhered to an acceptable stable substrate, beveled seams are filled with BASWA Fill. Once dry, a coat of BASWA Base is trowel applied over the surface. After drying overnight, a second coat of BASWA Base is trowel applied. 

Fine Finish


Premium Smooth Finish

Fine Finish Characteristics
  +  Smoothest, Finest Marble Aggregate Finish 
  +  Hand Troweled, 1 Coat Finish on Factory Coated Panel
  +  NRC Ratings Ranging from 0.80 to 0.90
  +  Ideal for condensed schedule spaces without significant critical lighting. 

BASWA Phon Fine Assembly
Once BASWA Phon Panels are properly adhered to an acceptable stable substrate, beveled seams are filled with BASWA Fill. Once dry, a coat of BASWA Fine is trowel applied over the surface.

Base Finish


Smooth, Durable, Washabale, Mold and Mildew Resistant Finish

Base Finish Characteristics
  +  Smooth Marble Aggregate Finish
  +  Hand Troweled, 1 Coat Finish on Factory Coated Panel
  +  NRC Ratings Ranging from 0.80 to 1.00+
  +  Ideal for high humidity; spas, natatoriums, or porte-cochères.

BASWA Phon Base Assembly
Once BASWA Phon Panels are properly adhered to an acceptable stable substrate, beveled seams are filled with BASWA Fill. Once dry, a coat of BASWA Base is trowel applied over the surface.

Custom Finishes


Custom Finishes and Textures 

  +  Hand troweled smooth or spray applied finishes.
  +  Create knock-down, stone, “old world” plaster, or other custom aesthetic using a variety or application techniques.
  +  Spray applied light-sand textured Frost Finish achieves NRC Ratings Ranging from 0.80 to 1.00.
 

Cleaning & Maintenance


BASWA Systems are applied to a stable sealed substrate. Air does not pass through the product, therefore, only minor surface maintenance may be required. The cleaning and maintenance does not require any hazardous cleaning agents.

Contact BASWA acoustic to request any additional information on a particular condition.

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Surface Dust & Dirt

Surface dust and dirt can be vacuumed off using a soft brush attachment or blown off using pressurized air. Removal may also be accomplished by applying duct or masking tape to the affected area. This action lifts the dust or dirt from the surface without damaging the finish.

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Food & Organic Stains

Surface stains are removed by applying BASWA Surface Cleaner, sold by BASWA acoustic. The two part system, solvent and booster, is mixed according to manufacturer’s guidelines and is applied to the affected area. Once applied, BASWA Surface Cleaner has oxidation properties that dissolve organic compounds as well as an anti-bacterial effect that will eliminate any present odors.

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Deep Stains & Water Damage

Stains that have penetrated the surface and cannot be removed by the previous actions are removed as follows: Apply a 10% solution of hydrogen peroxide to the imbedded stain. This action “bubbles” the stain to the surface where it can be removed by gently patting the surface with a clean soft white towel. This process can only be used on white finished surfaces.

LEED v4 CREDITS


BASWA acoustic is committed to sustainability, from manufacturing to finished product.

We continuously innovate with ecological improvement in mind to conform to our environmental values. BASWA uses natural and recycled materials, optimized production with heat-recovery, and formaldehyde & solvent-free binders.
BASWA Phon Panels contain 92% natural and recycled materials, made from recycled glass; only 8% is synthetic materials. Finish materials contain 95% recycled materials, made from aggregate produced during marble stone extraction. The organic binders are formaldehyde & soluble free.
 
BASWA Systems are VOC free, complying with CA Section 01350. BASWA Finishes offer high light reflectance, with an average light reflectance L Value of 0.91 per ASTM E1477. BASWA Phon System R-values reach 11.66. Cleaning & maintenance of BASWA Systems require no harmful cleaners or chemicals. BASWA acoustic North America offers US Made systems components.
 
As sustainability research continues, BASWA acoustic continues to comply with changing guidelines and regulations; including LEED, WELL, and Portico. HPDs and Declare Labels are available for all products.
 
All BASWA acoustic system component testing is performed by certified third party labs. Certified test data reports are available upon request.
 
To download the BASWA acoustic LEED V4 Certification Contributions, click here

Energy & Atmosphere (EA)

Enhanced Refrigerant Management (1 Point)

INTENT
To reduce ozone depletion and support early compliance with the Montreal Protocol while minimizing direct contributions to climate change.
 
CONTRIBUTION
The BASWA Cool System uses an embedded capillary pipe system to provide thermal comfort within a space. Water transporting capillary pipe mats are installed close to the surface, conserving energy while also providing room temperature control without generating airstreams that could negatively affect the ozone.

 

Optimize Energy Performance (1-20 Points)

INTENT
To achieve increasing levels of energy performance beyond the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental and economic harms associated with excessive energy use.
 
CONTRIBUTION
The BASWA Phon high density mineral wool supporting panels support additional thermal insulation, providing an R-Value of 4.35 per inch of thickness, thus reducing heating and cooling energy use.
BASWA Phon provides the following insulating R-Values:
30mm BASWA Phon System (1.18”) R-5.13
40mm BASWA Phon System (1.57”) R-6.83
70mm BASWA Phon System (2.75”) R-1

Materials & Resources (MR)

Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Environmental Product Declarations (1-2 Points)

INTENT
To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products from manufacturers who have verified improved environmental life-cycle impacts.
 
CONTRIBUTION
BASWA Phon suporting panels contain 92% natural and recycled materials, and are made from recycled glass. In addition, BASWA Finish materials contain 95% recycled materials, made from aggregate produced during marble stone extraction. The organic binders used in the product are produced environmentally friendly, and are formaldehyde and solvent free. BASWA acoustic is committed to the use of natural and recycled material, optimized production with heat-recovery, solvent-free binders, and continuous ecological improvements to each product. Detailed information on the components of our panels and finishes have been third party tested and documented.

 

Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials (1-2 Points)

INTENT
To encourage the use of products and materials for which life cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products verified to have been extracted or sourced in a responsible manner.
 
CONTRIBUTION
BASWA Phon supporting panels contain 92% natural and recycled materials, and are made from recycled glass. In addition, finish materials contain 95% recycled materials, made from aggregate produced during marble stone extraction

 

Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Material Ingredients (1-2 Points)

INTENT
To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.
 
CONTRIBUTION
BASWA acoustic discloses all chemical product ingredients. HPD documentation and third party Life Cycle Assessments have been conducted to verify improved life-cycle impacts, as well as the absence of harmful substances.

 

PBT Source Reduction - Mercury (1 Point)

INTENT
To reduce the release of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBTs) chemicals associated with the life cycle of building materials.
 
CONTRIBUTION
The BASWA Phon Acoustical Plaster System have been third party HPD documented to confirm the absence of harmful materials including mercury.
 

PBT Source Reduction - Lead, Cadmium, and Copper (2 Points)

INTENT
To reduce the release of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals associated with the life cycle of building materials.
 
CONTRIBUTION
The BASWA Phon Acoustical Plaster System has been third party HPD documented to confirm the absence harmful materials including lead, cadmium, and copper.
 

Construction and Demolition Waste Management (1-2 Points)

INTENT
To reduce construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities by recovering, reusing, and recycling materials.
 
CONTRIBUTION
In a typical installation, less than 3% of panels are discarded due to small leftover pieces. Panel scraps are acceptable in mixed-glass recycling facilities. Plastic pails containing the Pre-Fill, Base and Fine Coats are recyclable as well. Unused panels, Base and Fine Coats are saved for use on a following project.

Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)

Low-Emitting Materials (1-3 Points)

INTENT
To reduce concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment.
 
CONTRIBUTION
The sensitive use of binders in the BASWA Phon mineral wool panels, and binders used to adhere the recycled contents creates an acoustical product that has no harmful volatile organic compound emissions (no VOCs). Additionally, BASWA Phon mineral wool panels compliant with the California Section 01350.
 

Thermal Comfort (1 Point)

INTENT
To promote occupants’ productivity, comfort, and well-being by providing quality thermal comfort.
 
CONTRIBUTION
BASWA Phon high density mineral wool supporting panels provide an excellent source of thermal insulation, providing an R-Value of 4.35 per inch of thickness, thus reducing heating and cooling energy use and affording occupants greater thermal comfort in a conditioned space with lower heating and cooling energy use.
BASWA Phon provides the following insulating R-Values:
30mm system (1.18”) R-5.13
40mm system (1.57”) R-6.83
70mm system (2.75”) R-11.66
 

Interior Lighting (1-2 Points)

INTENT
To promote occupants’ productivity, comfort, and well-being by providing high-quality lighting.
 
CONTRIBUTION
The high density marble aggregate finish coat is an excellent reflective surface, reflecting interior light sources. In interior occupied spaces, energy use can be dramatically reduced through the coordination of locations of lighting and BASWA Phon, thus reducing overall energy consumption. Average light reflectance L Value of 0.91 per ASTM E1477.
 

Daylight (1-3 Points)

INTENT
To connect building occupants with the outdoors, reinforce circadian rhythms, and reduce the use of electrical lighting by introducing daylight into the space.
 
CONTRIBUTION
The high density marble aggregate finish coat is an excellent reflective surface, reflecting natural light. In interior occupied spaces, energy use can be dramatically reduced through the coordination of locations of lighting and BASWA Phon, thus reducing overall energy consumption. Average light reflectance L Value of 0.91 per ASTM E1477.
 

Acoustic Performance (1-2 Points)

INTENT
To provide workspaces and classrooms that promote occupants’ well-being, productivity, and communications through effective acoustic design.
 
CONTRIBUTION
The BASWA Systems are available in 3 system thicknesses, 30mm (1.18”), 40mm (1.57”), and 70mm (2.75”); each having different sound absorption characteristics.
BASWA Phon Acoustical Plaster System provides the following NRC Ratings:
30mm system 0.75-0.80
40mm system 0.85
70mm system 0.85-1.00+
 
BASWA Phon also provides an additional 5-7 points to an STC rating.
 
The NRC is a single-number index determined in a lab test and used for rating how sound absorptive a material is. This industry standard ranges from zero (perfectly reflective) to 1 (perfectly absorptive). It is simply the average of the mid-frequency sound absorption coefficients (250, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 Hertz). Measurements are made with the BASWA Phon systems applied to ⅝” gypsum board tested following the ASTM 423 Sound Absorption Test guidelines by a third party.

Regional Priority (RP)

Regional Priority (4 Points)

INTENT
To provide an incentive for the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental, social equity, and public health priorities.
 
CONTRIBUTION
BASWA Base and Fine materials are manufactured in Chardon, OH. BASWA Tint is manufactured in Cleveland, OH. BASWA Trims are manufactured in Chicago, IL. The BASWA Phon panel adhesive is manufactured in Gypsum, OH. Extracted and finished materials are transported by truck carrier.

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