Residential space is exposed to multiple various types of noise and vibrations, including speech, music or TV from neighbouring apartments, with which you share a wall or ceiling, noise and vibrations from footsteps, clattering and moving furniture on the next floor, noise from the water mains and sewerage system, noise and vibrations from machines and equipment in the apartment and the building, such as washing machines, boilers and elevators; noise and vibrations from the indoor air-conditioning units, noise from external sound sources, such as vehicle traffic, machinery or nearby bars, etc. There are a number of studies, showing that all these different noises and vibrations have negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of the residents of the apartments.
Good noise insulation reduces stress and tension, ensures better rest and sleep conditions, a good sense of private space and cosiness, and boosts inhabitants’ productivity.
- Demian Halperin, 2014, “Environmental noise and sleep disturbances: A threat to health?”, Sleep Science, Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2014, Pages 209-212
- Zijlema W. et. al, 2016, “Road traffic noise, blood pressure and heart rate: Pooled analyses of harmonized data from 88,336 participants”, Environmental Research, Volume 151, November 2016, Pages 804-813
- Recio A. et. al, 2016, “Road traffic noise effects on cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic health: An integrative model of biological mechanisms”, Environmental Research, Volume 146, April 2016, Pages 359-370