Flanking sound consists of sound vibrations that bypass the sound attenuation components in wall or floor assemblies between rooms or suites to emerge as noise on the opposite side of the separation. Flanking exists in all buildings and its effect on apparent sound insulation (that is perceived by the occupants) is influenced by the rigidity of the connections between walls, floors and their junctions…
Soundproofing Private Office Spaces
Millions of Canadians spend 40 or more hours working in office buildings each week. Unfortunately, not all the time spent by office employees is productive, as the buildings they work in are a constant source of unsolicited noise. If you’ve worked in an office, or even briefly visited one, then you are well aware of the noises people encounter in these buildings—keyboard clicking, calls with clients or other employees, and loud music are a few prime examples…
New Requirements in the 2015 Canadian National Building Code: Flanking Noise
The recently updated National Building Code (NBC) of Canada 2015 presents a new way to control airborne sound transmitted between adjoining spaces. While past versions of the code specified criteria for noise transmitted directly through separating wall, floor and ceiling assemblies, the updated code now considers both the horizontal and vertical flanking paths associated with these partitions…
Background Noise – How Much is Acceptable?
Background Noise is the noise level at a given location and time, measured in the absence of any alleged noise nuisance or sound sources being studied. It is also referred to as the ambient or residual noise. Background noise is a form of noise pollution or interferance
Compelling Facts About Sound, Noise & Soundproofing
Here at Hush City Soundproofing, we are always hunting down new information about acoustics and soundproofing, both for our own research, and to share with you. Along the way we’ve come across some pretty interesting stuff. See our favourites and let us know if there are any sound facts we’ve missed
How to Soundproof a window
If you’re interested in window soundproofing, you may not know where to begin. Of course, you could hire professionals who know how to soundproof windows, but if you’re a DIY enthusiast, you probably see an opportunity to save some money here by doing it yourself
How does noise affect your health?
Noise’s in the home, work or school often disrupts people’s concentration. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, noise also affects people’s health by increasing general stress levels and aggravating stress-related conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary disease, peptic ulcers and migraine headaches. Continued exposure does not lead to habituation; in fact, the effects worsen