Calls for more consistent approach to acoustics in homes and buildings
The Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) has called for a more consistent approach to acoustics inside buildings as part of a new white paper titled Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings.
The paper reveals that close to 40% of the UK population suffers from noise pollution and that this has an effect on public health. They suggest that there needs to be a greater awareness of the damage excess noise can cause and that homes and buildings need to be designed to reflect this.
The report points out that people spend 90% of their time indoors, with many homes and buildings located in areas with high urban traffic noise. This noise can lead to an increase in stress hormones and this, in turn, can lead to cardiovascular effects including high blood pressure.
Chair of the ANC, Dan Saunders has pointed out that the white paper shows a clear link between good acoustics and public health and he calls on the government to adopt a more holistic approach to construction by encouraging the building of homes with improvements designed for wellbeing and health.
He points out that regulators need to use the Professional Practice Guidance which highlights the industry recommended approach to acoustics and to understand what should be taken into account during the planning process regarding noise pollution.