A leading manufacturer of bespoke doors, Enfield Speciality Doors, has called for greater awareness of, and door specifications for, the growing issue of noise pollution and the detrimental effects it has on the health and wellbeing of people in educational, social and work environments.
Increased noise levels bring health concerns
The World Health Association (WHO) has recently published studies that show that excessive noise environments can be a contributory factor in detrimental health aspects, both physical and mental.
Conditions such as Heart Disease, Stroke and some Mental Health complaints are highlighted as being negatively affected by noise pollution. Other social and personal concerns are also affected – the studies show significant proof of degraded concentration in education establishments, along with decreased productivity in work environments, caused by disruptive noise.
Raise awareness of noise pollution
The impact of excessive noise has largely been regarded in the past as a ‘nuisance’ or irritation – Enfield Doors want to raise awareness of the severity of the problem, and for people to regard noise pollution as a more serious issue, akin to the accepted issues of fire and security when it comes to equipping buildings with appropriate doors for the environment.
Increasing demand for high performance acoustic doors
The chairman of Enfield Doors, Mr. Nigel Sill, has reported on the increasing demand for high-performance acoustic solutions in different environments, as accumulated research has highlighted the potential long-term damage of noise pollution to peoples’ health and wellbeing. Mr Sill stresses the importance of specially manufactured doors to deal with the issue, rather than a standard door – he states that “any door manufacturer is capable of making acoustic doors that reduce sound by up to 35dB, or even 38dB, but often a higher performance is required to significantly reduce internal or external noise”.
He says that anything above 35dB doors are considered “specialist”, but that, often, specific environments would need ratings of up to 41dB to be properly effective. He explains that, whilst the difference between 35dB and 41dB may not sound significant, as sound reduction doubles for every 3dB increase, the performance can be up to four times better!
He also stressed the importance of the dual purpose of both noise and fire safety aspects required for these environments – Enfield Doors manufacture doors with high levels of both noise reduction and fire protection, with an appropriate range of both for any environment. Indeed, Enfield Doors acoustic door range all adhere to the Quiet Mark accreditation.
This organisation is concerned with noise reduction, and consults closely with the UK Noise Abatement Society. They are concerned with the control, and elimination of excess noise in all education, work and leisure environments. Enfield Doors has been accredited since 2014.
Buildings and facilities such as universities, schools, hospitals and police stations have a requirement for acoustic doors, along with the more obvious examples of recording studios, hotels and offices.
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