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healthcare design & management bulletin - April 2019
Design environments with acoustics in mind
Care and mental health facilities can be busy places both during the day and night. Rest and relation are essential for a resident’s health and wellbeing so creating an acoustically sound environment is an important design consideration.
Some homes have misconceptions about the use of carpet within healthcare environments and have replaced their carpets with hard flooring alternatives. Hard flooring can create noisy and echoey interiors which can make is difficult for some residents to filter out unwanted sounds and noise resulting in stress and confusion. However, a carpet which is specifically manufactured for the care sector can absorb airborne noise as efficiently as many specialised acoustical materials.
Within healthcare facilities, corridors and communal areas can be very busy places and
Furthermore, UK building regulations state that floor coverings should have a weighted reduction of not less than 17 db. There are many flooring options that fall well below the 17 db required, some achieving as little as 2 or 3 db. A danfloor carpet exceeds British Standard and generally achieves in excess of 28 db. Find out more at www.danfloor.co.uk
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