I am very happy that my local downtown has several nice new restaurants. However, each one has nothing but hard surfaces in a roughly rectangular room. Kitchens are generally open to these dining rooms. The noise is so overwhelming that you cannot carry on a conversation at your own table. I have a choice not to visit them due to discomfort, but I feel sorry for the servers. – Gary, Architect We should have legislated standardized STC requirements with adjacent rooms. Eg. for Health Care Facilities: Patient Room-Patient Room - 45 STC; Patient Room-Corridor - 35 STC; NICU Room-Corridor - 50 STC. We can achieve this. – Andy, Specifier I like the website and the movement. I strongly encourage you to fund academic research to provide more data behind these issues. Until we can put more substantive numbers that speak to architects and owners, the information you present is literally falling on deaf ears. – Steve, Acoustic Consultant My focus for the last 20 years has been in the design of restaurants where all our projects make an effort to address the acoustic environment. I don't buy the argument that a noisy environment adds energy to the space. Music adds energy to the space. If it is well designed acoustically we can deliver the sound to the table and allow guests to have a conversation without shouting and be energized. – Gregg, Architect It is a problem which I have been interested in for a number of years, and would love to see addressed. From inadequate acoustic panels in a work environment, to loud music in restaurants, excessive sound amplification (music which hurts the ears) in public spaces, including street festivals and concerts, noisy street equipment (leaf blowers), super loud hand dryers in public washrooms, mechanical equipment which keeps me awake at night, such as my neighbour's efficiency hot water heater exhaust fan. The list goes on. – Kalina, Architect/Specifier We try our best but policies have to be put in place by the organizations. Acoustic treatment is just the start. As you know noise pollution is everywhere. – Joseph, Architect As well as an Architect I am a Restaurant Owner and we continuously add acoustic panels to deafen noise levels. We have had people leave our Restaurant due to excessive noise and we are aware that it affects our staff too. – John, Architect Cubicle survivor and advocate for quiet work spaces! – Glenda, Sales Coordinator We are engaged in the office acoustics conversation every day. As a leading designer and manufacturer of demountable and glass office walls, we experience first-hand how acoustics can be misunderstood. We provide some of the most acoustically superior products available. They meet and exceed expectations when thoughtfully integrated into a properly designed space. We are enthusiastic about Down with Decibels. – Shawn, Occupant
I just leased a commercial, old industrial space for my visual arts studio and the noise generated by my neighbor--he is a “musician”--comes through my walls. This is at night after I have put in a full day of working at my day job and my apartment is too noisy until 11 pm. I have a deep need for quiet for thinking and creating. – Rita, Artist My family an I are lucky to live in the quiet residential neighborhood of Coyoacan, in the site where the Spaniards first settled in Mexico City. We are neighbors to the Casa de Alvarado awarded to Nobel Prize Octavio Paz to live until his death. 8 years ago, the government converted the Casa the Alvarado into the National Soun Archives. The Administration decided to install loudspeakers and plays everything from music to voice recordings in a loop seven days a week. They also hold outdoor concerts or celebrations at will. We have recorded decibel readings that exceed by far legal restrictions. They have destroyed the peace of residents...remember the clock work orange movie by Kubrick?...even Bethoven can turn into torture when imposed on repeatedly. It is beyond our comprehension that a Federal Cultural Institution can be so uncivil and careless instead of a promotor of improved Environmental Acoustics. It would be awesome if the International Community, in particular visiting Artists, Intelecual, Academic and Opinion leaders would be aware of this problem, and maybe contribute to develop sensitivity and awareness in the local leaders, as we have been unable to do so in the past through dialogue. – David, Occupant I wear hearing aids. I struggle to hear conversations in meetings if the room has too many hard surfaces, the HVAC system blows loud, or there are voices/noises coming from the corridor. – John, Project Manager Recently I was hit by a street sign which was hit by a car whose driver stepped on the gas instead of the break. The noise level in NYC never bothered me in the past now I am delibitated by the noise to the point some days I cannot leave home. Please let me know what action I can take to help change noise laws. – Irene, Occupant I wanted to contact a person within our own company to give recommendations on noise reduction in our Gypsum Board Manufacturing Plants. I am conducting sound monitoring in our plants and will assemble similar exposure groups upon completion. We have dB in the mid 80's to low 90's on the NOS scale, and would like some information for practical noise reduction methods in manufacturing facilities much the same as the CertainTeed Ceiling plants I have visited. – Jim, Safety Manager I've been working in acoustical/technology consulting for over 40 years and still can't get architects to listen to the truth. They would rather imagine that the laws of physics do not apply to their creative design ideas. If they would collaborate at the outset, their clients would be the beneficiaries. – Craig, Business Owner