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An Introduction to Acoustic Doors and their Usage

June 1st, 2020 Comments off

The world can be a very noisy place. There are many industries that have areas that by necessity produce a great level of noise and yet also by necessity have areas close by that must be relatively free of noise. News only recently broke about the overhaul that is going to be given to London’s iconic Big Ben. It needs substantial remodelling of the interior as well as a thorough servicing of the clock. It will take roughly four years to carry out all this work and for the duration (save for New Year’s and some commemorative occasions) the clock will remain silent – not out of necessity, but because of the health and safety of those carrying out the work. If such concerns can mean the silencing of Big Ben, then they should certainly be considered across the board.

While the addition of acoustic doors cannot resolve the Big Ben situation, there are so many sectors which can benefit from them. Acoustic doors are basically designed to reduce the impact of noise on one area to another. There is, aside from a moral duty, these days a legal obligation to minimize the impact of noise on workers and the local environment. Acoustic doors, depending on their specifications, can reduce the noise level in a room by up to around 50 decibels. There are various types of door – each capable of a certain level of noise reduction, but they must be installed correctly to realize their potential. For instance, if there is just a 5mm gap underneath the door after installation of a 45db reducing model, then it will in fact only manifest in a 25db reduction in noise. That is a massive discrepancy and loss of potency, so it is vital that the job is done well.

When choosing acoustic doors you will also probably have some aesthetic concerns – let’s face it nobody wants to look at a monstrosity of a door, no matter how much it is protecting our eardrums. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the company providing the doors has a good range of different designs to fulfil functional and aesthetic desires.

Another important design feature of the best acoustic doors is a ‘non-slam’ mechanism. This is not only desirable from a noise reduction position, but also because slamming an acoustic door (or any door for that matter) can cause stress on the iron. Stress can cause weakness, weakness cracks and cracks loss of noise reduction. This is to be avoided at all costs, so non-slam is the way to go. While acoustic doors are often used in more typical industrial sectors like aviation, construction and manufacturing, there is also a great demand in less obvious areas like education, leisure and entertainment (soundproofing studios for instance), law enforcement (police interview rooms) and broadcasting.  There are so many different ever-growing calls for good acoustics and noise segregation, many of which can be met by the humble acoustic door.

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HOW TO MAKE A GARDEN BUILDING MORE ECO-FRIENDLY

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Creating an eco-friendly garden building, when done right can be a smooth, successful process but there are couple of key things that are needed in order to achieve that. Throughout the construction phase, it is important to keep in mind the initial purpose of the building. A garden building can create many opportunities for different uses, one being solely for storage purposes; if that is the case, less work and environmental factors need to be considered. If you are planning on using your garden building as an additional living space, there could be further environmental implications. Here are some top tips for making a garden building more eco-friendly.

Design

When it comes to design, you firstly want to select the right kind of building to suit its usage. Whether it be a log cabin, garden office or even garden sheds from GBC, it all affects what needs to be done in order to make them environmentally friendly. As with anything, smaller spaces are much easier to heat than larger ones, which makes them not only cost effective but friendlier to the environment. By being mindful on the size of space you are choosing, will result in it being kinder to the environment. If you don’t require a vast amount of space, choose something more moderate sized.

Window placement

Where the windows are placed also plays a huge part on the eco-friendliness of your garden building. By working out the direction of natural breezes and the positioning of the sun throughout the day, you are able to optimise the amount of sun that will stream through the windows. This then acts as natural way to heat and light the space, which in turn should reduce the amount of energy required.

Insulation

Insulation is one of the top ways to ensure your building is more environmentally friendly. By ensuring the building is insulated both appropriately and correctly will provide huge benefits. Using good quality insulation should create a consistent heating effect, by keeping the area cool in the warmer months and trapping heat in during the colder months. This in turn should reduce the need to run any electrical or gas heating and cooling units regularly.

The use of eco-materials

Being mindful of the materials used to construct the garden building will contribute towards making it more eco-friendly. It wont always be possible but, in the instances that you can help save money and minimise environmental impacts, try and source recycled plastic, glass and timber. By doing this, the process should be much less damaging to the environment than purchasing the materials brand new.

Invest in solar panels Fitting solar panels to your garden building will certainly make your garden building more eco-friendly. Due to their initial cost they will be an investment, but dependent on what type of outdoor building you have, it could well be an option. As well as the huge environmental benefits, installing solar panels is a fantastic long-term financial investment within itself. There is a huge offering of solar panels on the market and in most instances the more powerful systems wouldn’t necessarily be required for a smaller garden building. In general, garden buildings require very little electrical power, therefore the output wouldn’t need to be huge, so a simple set of cost-effective panels should work sufficiently.

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