We work with contractors to assess the suitability of any proposed on-site works and to provide guidance and support to reduce noise and vibration at the neighbouring receptors.
What is noise at work and why should I care?
As both an employer and employee, noise at work can appear to be nothing more than a nuisance, where health & safety goes over the top and forces employers to provide earplugs and ear defenders to workers who don't want to wear them.
In order to reduce or prevent flanking and indirect sound in your buildings, there are some key things you should consider.
Doors – When designing the building, think about the type of doors you will use. Doors that are heavy, weather-stripped, and made with effective seals work best to reduce flanking.
Sockets – Flanking can also occur in electrical sockets. In order to prevent this, install your outlets in separate cavities, instead of back to back. Insulation can be added for mass, and ensure they are sealed correctly.
Floating Floors – Making use of floating floors is another way that you can reduce flanking sound. Effectively, this is a floor with a floating surface on top of a layer made from a material like rubber or fibreglass.
When designing and constructing a building, flanking sound needs to be considered at the earliest possible stage to prevent or minimise the risk of it occurring.
As urban areas continue to expand and human activities thrive, environmental noise pollution has become a significant concern.
Poor Sound Insulation is an issue that plagues many houses both small and large, through the development of noisy hobbies such as gaming systems, drum kits or food processors, or simply poorly soundproofed properties.