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Item: 86161

Mars™ Acoustical Panels

Fine-textured panels. Sustainable aesthetics and high performance. These acoustical ceiling tiles are also mold- and sag-resistant.

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Overview

With ClimaPlus™ Performance
Offering a combination of sustainable aesthetics and outstanding performance, these panels are specially manufactured to maximize sound control and anti-sag performance. Mars™ Acoustical Panels are fine-textured, mold resistant and offer superior sag resistance, high light reflectance values and excellent noise reduction. Their durability, performance, easiness to clean and attractiveness make them an ideal choice for corridors, department stores, reception areas, lobbies and general office spaces.

Sound Absorption

0.75 NRC

Sound Attenuation

35 CAC

Light Reflectance

Up To 0.90

Recycled Content

77.2 %

Main Features

Mars™ Acoustical Panels are durable, long-lasting panels manufactured using a unique process that maximizes sound and anti-sag performance, producing high (.75) noise reduction coefficients (NRC) and solid ceiling attenuation class (CAC) performance. The non-directional pattern ensures consistent appearance.
  • High light-reflective finish (LR - .90) reduces light fixtures and energy use
  • Washable and scrubbable finish
  • Impact and scratch resistant
  • Available in High Recycled Content formulations to help maximize LEED recycled content contribution
  • Coordinates visually with Halcyon™ panels for open/closed plan applications
  • Non-directional, monolithic visual reduces installation time and waste
  • Compatible with Logix™ Integrated Ceiling Systems
  • ClimaPlus™ 30-year lifetime system warranty against visible sag, mold and mildew
  • Class A
  • Low-emitting product meets CA Specification 01350, California Department of Health Services Standard Practice for the testing of VOC emissions

Applications

  • Administrative Offices
  • Classrooms
  • Convention and Meeting Rooms
  • Department Stores and Boutiques
  • Executive Areas, Conference Areas and Board Rooms
  • Galleries and Exhibit Spaces
  • Guest Rooms and Suites
  • Lobbies and Reception Areas
  • Mall Interior Spaces
  • Media Centers, Music Rooms and Libraries
  • Nurseries and Birthing Rooms
  • Patient Rooms

Specifications

Submittal Sheet

Performance

  • Sound Absorption (NRC)
    NRC stands for Noise Reduction Coefficient. It is a measure of how much sound is absorbed by a given material. It is listed as a decimal and relates to percentage sound absorbed.
    0.75
  • Sound Attenuation (CAC) 35
  • Light Reflectance 0.90
  • Mold & Mildew Resistance
    Contains a broad-spectrum antimicrobial additive on the face and back of the panel that provides resistance against the growth of mold and mildew. Includes sag-resistance performance.
    Yes
  • Fire Resistance
    • Fire Rating Class A
  • ASTM E1264
    • astm-e1264-class IV: Mineral base with membrane-faced overlay, E: Lightly textured; G: Smooth, Form 1: Nodular; Form 2: Water-Felted
  • ASTM E84
    • Flame Spread 25 or less
    • Smoke Developed 50 or less
    • Fire Rating Class A

Sustainability

  • GREENGUARD Certification
    GREENGUARD Certification helps consumers choose building materials with lower VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions, which improves indoor air quality.
    Yes
  • Recycled Content 77.2%
  • VOC Emissions Low-emitting

Physical Data

  • Thickness (in.) 3/4
  • Edge Shadowline Tapered
  • Panel Size 2' x 5'

Installation

Installation Guide PDF 677.1 KB

USG Ceilings Portfolio Series: Episode 1 - Installation & Edge Style

It is important to consider which installation method and edge style is right for your project. This video details the options you have when using USG products.

USG Ceilings Portfolio Series: Episode 2 - Performance Features

Consider these performance attributes when choosing your ceiling.

USG Ceilings Portfolio Series: Episode 3 - USG Panel Types

Each of USG's ceiling panels offers a solution for its unique environment.

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q & a

  • How many acoustical panel types does USG offer?

    USG offers four major types of acoustical panels as well as Gypsum based panels for special applications. They are: Wet-Felted, Cast, "X" Technology and Fiberglass.

  • Why is NRC important?

    NRC is very important in open office plan environments where there are few full height walls to help absorb or block sound.

  • Why is LR important?

    When the proper type of lighting fixture is used with a high LR ceiling, there can be savings in both initial construction costs as well as long-term energy costs. The concept is to use the ceiling to reflect light back into the occupied space.

  • What does ClimaPlus™ mean?

    USG’s line of products with ClimaPlus™ Performance have additional resistance to temperature and humidity. This in turn provides additional resistance to sagging and warping of the ceiling panels.

  • What does LR stand for?

    LR stands for light reflectance. It is a measure of the percentage of light which is reflected off of a given panel surface. Typically, the whiter and smoother the ceiling panel, the higher the LR value.

  • What is NRC?

    NRC stands for Noise Reduction Coefficient. It is a measure of how much sound is absorbed by a given material. It is listed as a decimal and relates to percentage sound absorbed.

  • When referring to ceiling panels, what is the meaning of type, form and pattern?

    These categories refer to ASTM Test E 1264.
    Type refers to the base material of the panel.
    Form refers to the manufacturing process of the panel.
    Pattern refers to the type of texture or pattern in the panel.

  • What is the difference between Class A and Firecode® branded materials?

    Class A signifies that a panel attained a flame spread index of 25 or less (based on 100 for untreated red oak) when tested in accordance with the Standard ASTM E 84. The Firecode® brand signifies that the panel has been classified as a protective membrane in a floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assembly in accordance with the Standard ASTM E 119. All Firecode® protective membranes offered by USG have attained a Class A rating.

  • What is the best way to cut a reveal in a ceiling panel?

    The best way to cut a reveal edge in a panel is with a utility knife or a special Reveal edge tool.

  • How far in advance can I order ceiling panel before installation?

    Storage time of materials at the job site should be as short as possible, and environmental conditions should be as near as possible to those specified for occupancy. Excess humidity during storage can cause expansion of material and possible warp, sag, or poor fit after installation. Chemical changes in the mat and/or coatings can be aggravated by excess humidity and cause discoloration during storage, even in unopened cartons. Cartons should be removed from pallets and stringers to prevent distortion of material. Long-term (6-12 months) storage under uncontrolled environmental conditions should be avoided.

  • What is the minimum NRC recommended for open office plan environments?

    It is best to use a minimum of .70 NRC and up to .80 - .90 NRC panel for this type of application.

  • What is "X" Technology?

    "X" Technology is a unique manufacturing method which was developed by and introduced to the market by USG in 1989. This technology is used to produce ceiling panels with sag resistance and exceptional acoustical performance found in USG’s line of ceiling products with ClimaPlus™ Performance.

  • What is CAC?

    CAC stands for Ceiling Attenuation Class. It is the measure of the blocking of sound through one ceiling plane, into the plenum above, and back through the other ceiling plane to an adjacent space.

  • Why would I use one ceiling panel type over another?

    The different panel substrates provide panels with unique characteristics. The use of the different panels will vary based on specific needs and application.

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    Call our Technical Support team at 800-874-4968 (Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm Central).

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