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Building Products October 2017

DOORS, WINDOWS AND ACCESSORIES LEVEL BEST Although a few of us might have the joy of waking to the birds performing their dawn chorus, others can look forward to squealing brakes, blaring music and general hubbub. However, as Chris Brooks states, windows that control the level of noise from 'outside to in' do more than coping with noisy neighbours. Unfortunately, with more people, high OCTOBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 53 roads on our doorstep and an increase in the number of cars being taken ‘from A to B’, unwanted noises are making a greater appearance in our lives and homes. The issue of noise is no longer limited to inner-city areas – the rise in the development of suburban and residential regions means the 'quiet life' has become all but a dream for many of us. So what can we do to get some peace and quiet? One solution comes in the form of noise reducing windows. The process is not as technical as it sounds – it simply involves upgrading windows to keep up to 90% of unwanted nuisance sounds at bay. But they do more than this … they also for health, as frequent exposure can begin to add an extra layer of security to a dwelling and can have a physical impact on the body. even increase the value of a property! A study published by the British Medical The day-to-day sounds we encounter are not Journal revealed that people who lived by airports actually classed as noise, in fact for a sound to be were at a higher risk of developing health issues considered noise it must be "loud, irritating and such as stroke and heart disease. unwanted". The constant bombardment of noise Many airports have reacted accordingly and now can not only become very, very annoying but can offer soundproofing grants for homes affected by truly begin to affect the quality of life. aircraft noise pollution. So, if you happen to live Aircrafts, for instance, can create some of the nearby an airport and currently do not have sound most disruptive and disturbing noises which is proofing, be sure to contact the airport to see how more than expected from engines that produce your situation can be improved. 100,000+ horse power! The noise produced from aircraft is a real concern, not only for comfort but Continued on page 54 >>>


Building Products October 2017
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