Effective flooring solutions for noise reduction
Designing commercial spaces with acoustics in mind is more important than it ever has been. Introducing our new NRB Collection, featuring a range of carpet products with Noise Reduction Backing.
Noise is becoming an ever greater concern for designers and architects. And rightly so: Excessive noise disturbance can negatively affect our quality of life, with prolonged exposure even triggering stress responses in our bodies. For employees working full-time in a noisy office, this can have a profound impact on their focus, productivity, and overall well being.
Noisy open-place office spaces
It doesn’t help that modern offices are characterised by open spaces. Great for workers to interact and communicate, not so great for those sensitive to sound or struggling to concentrate. These spaces often have poor acoustics, exacerbating – not mitigating – the problem. And disruptive sounds are everywhere, from calls, conversations, printers, elevators, and slamming doors to impact sound generated by footsteps.
Studies show that noisy open-plan offices can reduce productivity by up to 66%. That’s because two of the most vital attributes of a functioning office worker, reading comprehension and memory, are those most sensitive to environmental noise. But that’s not all. Excessive noise can also affect an individual’s wellbeing, even causing anxiety and depression.
By introducing sound-absorbing surfaces, designers and architects can provide an environment that creates maximum comfort, boosting both productivity and employee wellness. Quadrant’s new NRB (Noise Reduction Backing) Collection is a step in the right direction.
Noise-reducing carpet products
Carpet considerably reduces footsteps and other impact sounds. It also provides a great sound barrier for airborne noise. Our standard bitumen tile backings reduce impact sound by between 20dB and 27dB, depending on the carpet’s pile weight/density, with airborne noise reduced by αw0.15-αw0.20.
Even more effective are the carpet products in our Tussah Collection, which feature the LiftBac backing system. This reduces impact sound by 28dB-32dB and airborne noise by αw0.20-αw0.25.
For optimum acoustic performance, however, try our new NRB Collection with Noise Reduction Backing. The NRB Collection is a major step towards enhancing the wellbeing of everyone in the workplace. NRB-backed tiles reduce impact noise by an incredible 32dB-36dB and airborne noise reduction of αw0.25-αw0.30. They’re made from a dense polyester felt that incorporates 80% recycled content. And Noise Reduction Backing is available with a number of our carpet products, including three shades of Fossil, six shades of Esperance and three shades of Treescape.
The acoustic benefits of LVT and cork flooring
Beyond carpet, several other products from our commercial flooring collection can significantly reduce sound in open-plan spaces.
Cork flooring is porous, with a honeycomb-like cell structure that makes it extremely efficient at absorbing sound. These natural, sound-absorbing properties mean that cork reduces walking sound by up to 53% – ideal for spaces where acoustics are a priority. That’s why it’s been picked by designers and architects for libraries, schools, open-plan offices, calling booths and even the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s church in Barcelona. Read more about our Climate+ cork flooring collection.
Another flooring option for a quieter offer space is LVT flooring. A number of our LVT products are available on an acoustic backing. That includes Salto Light Stone and Dark Stone, two shades that realistically mimic stone surfaces – and provide far greater acoustics than the real thing. Three colourways from the Salto 55 Wood range are also available on the acoustic backing. More Salto shades with acoustic backing are coming in 2020! Read more about our Salto LVT collection.
Noise is a grossly underestimated problem. Excessive and unnecessary sounds have a proven impact on productivity, happiness and general wellness. And with open-plan office spaces becoming standard, designers and architects are increasingly looking for acoustically beneficial solutions. More and more interior products are being designed with noise reduction in mind, including flooring products from across our range.