Healthy Architecture

Manipulating Acoustics in Your Home for Wellbeing

In previous years, residential acoustical treatments were an afterthought, an underrated principle. Addressing excessive noise was not seen as important in comparison to home aesthetics, or even considered as a component of wellbeing.

However, with ever growing research in the field of acoustics, people are placing an importance on creating an acoustical environment in their homes that will directly benefit health and wellbeing.Research has shown that the recommended sound level to stimulate a peaceful, productive environment in the home should not exceed 40 dB, yet noises traveling into the home from outside sources (such as passing traffic, construction sites, etc.) and objects in our homes (such as a HVAC systems, vacuum cleaner, clothes washer and dryer, and many other household appliances) far exceed this limit. (1) By reducing your prolonged exposure to ambient and excessive sounds in your home you can reduce stress, improve sleep and prevent the impedance of speech and language development in your children.

The acoustical environment that you create in the varying spaces of your home each affect your family’s wellbeing in different ways. By mitigating excessive noise exposure in spaces where your family gathers, dines, works, learns, rests, and even the outdoors you can directly impact the way your family interacts for the better.

GATHERING
Your home is a place where you gather with family and friends to share stories, celebrations, and everyday conversation. When you gather with your family and other guests in your home the presence of several conversations, children playing, the television, and an array of other sounds compound and make it increasingly difficult to hear one another. By reducing excessive sound in the places where you gather to spend time with family and friends you can create a healthy environment that benefits human interaction, while reducing stress. This reduction in stress in a peaceful space minimizes negative mood and cardiovascular health effects caused by the creation of cortisol as a reaction to noise. (2)

EATING
Whether having family dinner or hosting dinner parties, taking control of the sound in spaces where you eat can create a space that evokes the togetherness that sharing a meal was meant to. Research shows that acoustics not only impact the obvious such as human interaction, but even the way you perceive food to taste.A study published in the journal Food Quality and Preference, proved that excessive noise makes food taste blander, and alters the way the brain processes smell. In the presence of loud white noise, crunchy food was also perceived as crunchier to test subjects. (3)

WORKING
The modern workspace is often found within the employee's home. With more companies moving to allowing remote work, more emphasis has been placed on creating home offices that stimulate productivity.

With noise being identified as the number one inhibitor to productivity, creating a home office void of excessive noise is proven to directly impact comprehension and focus. (4) According to LEED v4.1 the recommended reverberation time within a working space should not exceed 0.8 seconds to foster productivity. (5)

LEARNING
Research shows that acoustics is one of the leading factors that should be considered in a learning setting. Acoustics can be manipulated in your home to positively impacting learning through improved speech perception, benefitting childhood development. Avoiding excessive noise exposure can
prevent the impedance of speech and language development or permanent hearing loss. (6)

RESTING
During rest, noise exposure should not exceed 40 dB (equal to the hum of a refrigerator). (7) A quiet space for rest is essential to human health, without restful sleep people report an array of health challenges. Bedrooms that consider acoustics encourage deep sleep, and generally prevent stress.

OUTSIDE
As populations and city centers grow, the amount of traffic and the noise it creates continues to grow. Even in outdoor spaces it is critical to consider your exposure to noise pollution. Acoustics in outdoor spaces can be manipulated to make harsh noise less impactful.

"To consider heatlhy architecture and leave out sound as part of that picture would be leaving out one of our primary senses that is needed to make us feel comfortable." - Scott Pfeiffer, FASA, Partner at Threshold Acoustics

Using sound absorption technology, the reverberation within a room can be significantly reduced, therefore, creating a healthy acoustical environment within your home. Reverberation is the collection of reflected sounds within a room that causes present noise to be amplified, therefore creating an unhealthy, noisy environment, and making things important to family life, such as speech, inaudible.
BASWA Phon Sound Absorbing Plaster solves the issue of prolonged reverberation time, therefore providing a healthy environment to stimulate family life, learning, and overall health.

By installing the seamless BASWA Phon system in walls or ceilings, spaces are made peaceful through the dampening of ambient noise. BASWA acoustic delivers premium acoustical environments, while also protecting the architecture of a space through the monolithic design of BASWA Phon. BASWA Phon Systems have been seamlessly applied to spaces in a home, such as:    

-  High humidity environments (such as pool areas)      
-  Family rooms        
-  Home theatre rooms
-  Dining rooms        
-  Bedrooms        
-  Studies/Home offices

BASWA Phon systems not only contribute to the sound of your home, but also the aesthetics. Guests within your home will immediately notice the acoustical difference in the residence, while being stunned by the indefectible design. BASWA Phon systems are customized to work seamlessly with any color and texture, to protect the design within your residence. In addition to complimenting aesthetics, this unique feature retains its value and function.

The use of BASWA acoustic plaster within the home is not only the solution to dampening noise, but essential to daily health and wellbeing in your home. BASWA Phon plaster protects not only the aesthetics and acoustics of your home, but most importantly, your health and wellbeing.

For more information about BASWA acoustic sound absorbing, monolithic, marble finishes, contact us.

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/what_noises_cause_hearing_loss.html

(1)http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/noise/policy/who-night-noise-guidelines-for-europe

(2)https://phys.org/news/2010-10-bland-tasting-food-background-noise.html

(3)http://www.human.cornell.edu/dea/outreach/upload/FPM-Notes_Vol1_Number11.pdf

(4)http://www.usgbc.org/credits/new-construction-commercial-interiors/v2009/eqpc24

(5)https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-07/documents/ochp_noise_fs_rev1.pdf

(6)https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/what_noises_cause_hearing_loss.html (7)

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