You can’t change the location of a building, or in most instances what is happening around it. However, it is possible to reduce the noise coming from the outside and the acoustic performance of the windows and doors can make a significant difference.
Our noise reducing window and door scheme is designed to verify that products are manufactured to the specification that was initially tested, to provide confidence that the product will have the expected acoustic performance.
In order to achieve the certification, manufacturers must provide initial type test reports to demonstrate the acoustic performance of the product, then have their Factory Production Control (FPC) audited to verify that their products are manufactured to the specification that was originally tested. Ongoing visits are required to verify the FPC with audit tests at least every 3 years to verify that the product continues to perform.
What about installation?
Having chosen a noise reducing window or door, it is important that it is installed correctly, to maintain the acoustic performance of the product. We therefore suggest that you choose a member of our scheme for the installation of external windows and doors.
What else might affect the level of external noise in my building?
Fitting noise reducing windows and doors will make a difference, but other areas may also need to be addressed to reduce sound transmittance. These include airbricks, loft insulation and gaps around pipework, all of which can be dealt with. As well as helping with the acoustics, dealing with areas like this will also reduce heat loss, saving you money on your energy bills.