Just the same way odors can be noxious and excess light harmful to your eyes, excessive noise can cause distraction and discomfort. Sound pollution is a crucial aspect in the construction and selection of manufacturing plants. Loud music, people talking on their phones, the television, and pets barking – all have become part and parcel of the urban lifestyle, and it’s rarely a bother. However, when that noise tends to distract the normal rhythm of life, it then becomes a solid pollutant.
Common Causes of the Noise Pollution
- Poor Urban Planning– Commercial construction of every town and city should be well-planned. Congested commercials buildings, small houses with large families, fights over primary materials, and fight over parking spaces disrupt the social environment.
- Social Events– Whether it’s a wedding event, pub, parties, or even the places of worship, people tend to flout the rules set by the authorities and creates noise in the area. Playing songs on full-blast volume and dancing till midnight causes a nuisance to the people living nearby.
- Industrialization– most manufacturing companies use big machines that produce a high amount of noise. Equipment like generators, compressors, grinding mills, and exhaust fans also participate in generating noise.
- Transportation– airplanes flying over, a large number of cars on the roads, and the underground trains create heavy noise that people don’t easily get accustomed to.
The Best Ways in Controlling Sound Pollution in Commercial Construction
1) Site Planning
During construction, consider transportation sites, shops, hotels, pubs, and places of worship. It will enable you in planning on which materials to use in preventing sound pollution. Large masonry fences are appropriate in areas that are largely populated or adjacent to roads.
2) Sound Proof the Space
Windows are known to be the weak points in many structures. It is imperative to install better windows, seal the window frames, and hang the curtains in the office. This helps in reducing the sound that come from the outside. For noise coming from the adjacent buildings, putting a bookshelf full of books will create a shielding wall against the noise.
3) Acoustic Wall Panels
Sound walls panels are incredibly efficient in combating the noise pollution in the commercial building. Detecting sound leakage can be easy. The sound is known to follow the path of the least resistance, hence tracing the potential routes of sound and blocking them is crucial.
4) Noise Friendly Flooring
Hard flooring surfaces like ceramic, porcelain, and natural wood aid in wrecking the havoc within the building in terms of noise transfer. Carpet is the ideal solution for noise reduction. Vinyl flooring boasts of its generous amount of undisputable sound absorption qualities. Adding the right-engineered rubber material is essential.
5) Sound Friendly Furniture
Wall partitions – either brick walls or glass walls, lounge chairs, and couches can have an enormous impact on the acoustics of the building, especially the office space. The wall partitions help in blocking noise from the adjacent rooms.
Construction of commercial buildings has been on the rise in the recent years. The trend is expected to expand. The best way to ensure that the sound can get controlled is by putting the right measures during construction.