If you are a business owner it is important to understand the noise ordinances that your community has in place as well as the decibel levels that affect stress and productivity. Different communities define commercial noise differently and you need to understand your local ordinances and laws to understand your responsibilities and rights when it comes to noise where you live and work.
Types of Commercial Noise
- Airborne noise: passes through openings, apertures and other structural gaps
- Ambient noise: background noise that can naturally occur
- Flanking noise: The ability of sound to find the path of least resistance, passing around heavy, insulated areas into the adjacent rooms. When blocking sound, it is more like water than light – if there are any holes, the water will continue to flow until it has passed through the most easily.
- Impact noise: The sound produced by the collision of two solid objects. Typical sources are footsteps, dropped objects, etc. on an interior surface (wall, floor, ceiling) of a building.
- Impulsive noise: A) Either a single sound pressure peak (with either a rise time less than 200 milliseconds or total duration less than 200 milliseconds) or multiple sound pressure peaks (with either rise time less than 200 milliseconds or total duration less than 200 milliseconds) spaced at least by 200 millisecond pauses, B) A sharp sound pressure peak occurring in a short interval of time.
- Masking noise: A noise that is intense enough to render inaudible or unintelligible another sound that is also present.
- Pink noise: Noise with constant energy per octave band width
- Random noise: An oscillation whose instantaneous magnitude is not specified for any given instant of time. It can be described statistically by probability distribution functions giving the traction of the total time that the magnitude of the noise lies within a specified range.
- Structural borne noise: created by impact or by vibration
- White noise: Noise with energy is uniform over wide range of frequencies, being analogous in spectrum characteristics to white light
Productivity & Stress
When you are trying to create a productive office environment or a soothing retail space, soundproofing is a must. Noise can result in loss of productivity in the workspace or cause stress to customers and clients you are aiming to please. The proper acoustic design can prevent these issues from hurting your bottom line.
The development of an effective solution starts by first identifying the noise that is offensive, then determining the noise transmission path(s) and measuring the acoustic characteristics of the noise. The noise transmission path is simply the identification of the source of the noise and determining how it arrives at your ear.
- Gymnasiums & Auditoriums
- HVAC & Generator Noise in Retail & Offices Spaces
- Car Washes
- Vets & Pet Boarding Facilities
- Blocking out plane and road noise
For indoor noise problems that occur in gymnasiums, bars, restaurants, and auditoriums, our soft panels are more commonly used as soundproofing solutions. They are able to reduce echoing, reverberation and other airborne noise to manageable levels. Sonic- Shield is proud to be one of a select few distributors of REVRB Acoustical Panels. Contact us today to find out how REVRB panels can solve your commercial noise problem!