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INSULATION 43


building insulation has been on its thermal performance. However, as the agenda shifts towards achieving a deeper understanding on how our environment affects our health and well-being, there is now an increasing emphasis on how products can enhance the acoustic performance of our buildings too. Whether people live in a busy city, a quiet suburb or even in the middle of the countryside, they will find it almost impossible to enjoy peace and quiet all of the time. From noisy neighbours, high trafficked roads, the humming of central heating or kitchen appliances, to the noise that building occupants can make, a home can encounter a variety of sounds which are not just annoying, but can also have a major impact on the health and well-being of those living in the property. According to the World Health


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Organisation, excessive noise can seriously harm human health and interferes with people’s daily activities at school, work and at home. It can disturb sleep, cause cardiovascular and psychophysiological effects, reduce performance and provoke annoyance responses and changes in social behaviour. With this in mind, it is vital that both housebuilders and developers ensure that careful consideration is given to all building materials to ensure that a comfortable environment is created for future residents, and that the acoustic performance of a property exceeds the Building Regulation standards.


WHEN IT COMES TO INTERNAL WALLS, THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO COMBAT THE TRANSFER OF NOISE IS TO BUILD A LIGHTWEIGHT PARTITION


In England and Wales, acoustic performance is covered by Approved Document Part E of the Building Regulations, which stipulates the minimum standards for sound reduction and absorption qualities in homes and schools. For example, the minimum requirement for separating walls within a new dwelling is to reduce airborne sound by 45 dB. With this level of sound insulation people would strain to hear loud speech in the neighbouring property. However, there are products available on the market which can help to exceed these standards.


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ith an intense scrutiny on the energy efficiency of homes over the last decade, the focus for


SOUND INSULATION


Jol Berg of Isover looks at the insulation solutions available for separating walls, internal walls and internal floors, and how glass mineral wool can offer the best all-round solution.


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