It's all about acoustics

Acoustics can play a significant role in reducing noise in busy environments. It is essential to consider them in the design, operation and construction of buildings and spaces.

In any environment where people spend time, there is noise created. Think about where you spend an average day. Other than spending time at home, you will likely visit a workplace and perhaps a few other environments, too. You might meet friends in a noisy restaurant or catch public transport. In high-traffic areas like schools, hospitals or residential settings, background noise can make spaces less comfortable. It can obstruct working, teaching, learning, recovery and relaxation.

IT STARTS WITH DESIGN

Acoustics can play a significant role in reducing noise in busy environments. It is essential to consider them in the design, operation and construction of buildings and spaces. Looking closely at flooring options to reduce noise can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing, communication and productivity. Flooring choice is a vital aspect of interior design for workplace acoustics. With the increase in inner-city living and high-rise apartments, noise reduction treatments are also important for comfortable living spaces.

Sound affects us, in both positive and negatives ways. Loud restaurants may be unpleasant for conversation, while ocean sounds may have a calming effect. There are many ways to reduce noise levels in bespoke spaces using commercial interiors. Wall coverings, curtains, cushioned furniture and carpeted floors all play a part.

ACOUSTICS IN EDUCATION

In the education sector, acoustics can significantly impact a child’s education. With background noise, particularly in open plan learning environments, students have great difficulty hearing. Particularly in primary schools, where collaborative learning spaces are common, children miss many important concepts. The flow-on effects are that children who miss essential information because of poor listening conditions may suffer academically and exhibit behavioural concerns.
It’s not only students who suffer from poor acoustics. Teachers may have difficulty communicating and, forced to raise their voices, may experience fatigue, stress and potential voice impairment.

GODFREY HIRST’S SPECIALISED PRODUCTS

Thinking about acoustic design at the early stages of a project can make a big difference to the outcome. Commercial carpet is a reliable choice for effectively absorbing sound in a building. Due to a carpet's unique fibres, piles, tufts and underlay have different resonant frequencies at which they absorb sound.

To further enhance sound absorption in work, home and learning spaces, Godfrey Hirst has developed two superior cushion backing systems that feature acoustic benefits, along with added comfort underfoot. Cushion backing is a layer of padding built into the carpet, designed to absorb the impact of foot traffic and helping it retain its beautiful surface appearance.

• EnviroBac Plus® - a cushion backing system designed for carpet tiles and made from 100% recycled content
• QuickComfort™ - a cushion backing system designed for broadloom and 2m wide carpet rolls and is made from recycled PET bottles, and recycled fabric / yarn remnants.

Don’t rule out hard flooring when it comes to good acoustics. We have a range of commercial timber, hybrid and luxury vinyl plank that not only complies with but exceeds the BCA/NCC 2016 requirements for the treatment of Impact Noise.

For detailed test results on our hard flooring ranges, visit our website. For more information about acoustics, contact your local Godfrey Hirst Consultant.