Any unwanted sound can be classified as noise - from the vibrations of a construction site or the roar of traffic to the whirr of your washing machine or raised voices next door. Environmental noise is all around us and not only is it annoying, but exposure to high levels is bad for our health, too.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), noise pollution is a disease burden only second in magnitude to air pollution. It impacts people’s daily activities and can disturb sleep, cause heart disease, hypertension and reduced cognitive development in children.
In the UK, nearly half of people say their home life is spoilt by noise. Noise is the single biggest cause of complaints made to local authorities, the majority of which are in relation to residential noise.
Effective acoustic insulation is important in any residential, commercial or public building. It will help protect inhabitants and users from the detrimental effects of unwanted sound, and create a comfortable and safe environment to live and work in. ROCKWOOL has developed a range of Quiet Mark-approved acoustic insulation products which help reduce noise.