An article came out earlier this year titled “Noise is No. 1 Quality-of-Life Complaint in NYC” by Verena Dobnik, and I wanted to contribute some basic solutions for noise reduction to mitigate some of the complaints listed in the article. (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/noise-no-1-quality-life-complaint-nyc)
Large cities with large populations and lots of concrete are always going to be noisy, that’s just part of the game when it comes to living in the city. If you don’t like noise, it’s probably not the right place for you. But, even in a big city, people should be able to create quiet, comfortable spaces to unwind. Fortunately there are quite a few different products that can be used to reduce the amount of sound coming into a building.
RSIC-1 clips can be used for exterior walls to float the drywall off of the studs, allowing the sound pressure to be converted to heat by allowing the wall assembly to vibrate:
Green Glue and an additional layer of 5/8” drywall can be used to retro-fit an exterior wall to increase the STC rating of the assembly, and block more sound from making its way into the space:
Climate-Seal Window Inserts are a very effective, retro-fit way to reduce the amount of sound coming in a weak window. These windows snap into place and are held onto a metal frame that is installed around a window:
Exterior Grade Quilted Barrier-blankets can be used around noise sources outside such as: Generators, AC Units, etc.
These are just a few different materials that can be used to reduce the amount of sound inside of buildings. Find all of our materials at our home page www.acousticalsurfaces.com