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Bliss: silent rise of the quiet home
The Sunday Times, 2016-06-19
DISTURBED by a powerful hairdryer blaring at dawn or house-proud neighbours vacuuming late into the night? Help may be at hand. High street retailers are facing growing pressure to put noise ratings on household appliances as sales of “soundproofed” products reach a record high. Some domestic items, including vacuum cleaners, already often provide decibel ratings but others, such as food processors that can make a racket of up to 90 decibel ...
Organise Your Laundry Room : Soundproofing
The Sunday Times, 2017-07-16
Noise can be an issue in the laundry room. Some spin cycles are loud enough to interfere with listening to the radio in the kitchen next door. Rather than investing in soundproofing for the room (though you could replace the door with a more substantial one, or hang a curtain on the kitchen side), check out the new, quieter appliances on offer. John Lewis sells a range with Quiet Mark certification. ...
Quiet Mark Reveals UK’s Top 10 Quietest Hand Dryers
Hotel Business, 2017-08-08
The noise of super-fast hand dryers in public washrooms can be startling – for many small children they are terrifying and a distressing experience. Those with dementia, autism, or hearing problems can also be upset and disorientated by the sudden bursts of loud noise. Even people with stronger sound tolerance dislike roaring hand dryers which are uncomfortable to bear.For facility managers, reducing hand dryer noise is high on the washroom age ...
Film Review: In Pursuit of Silence
Film Journal, 2017-08-08
In certain corners of the world, human beings are making so much noise that people literally cannot hear themselves think. That’s just one assertion, backed by expert testimony and some cited scientific study, used in the relatively one-sided documentary In Pursuit of Silence to prosecute its case against the mind-numbing hubbub of the modern world.The film, directed by Patrick Shen, begins as less of a screed, and more a meditation o ...
In Pursuit of Silence: Film Review
The Hollywood Reporter, 2017-08-08
You’ll feel compelled to turn up the volume during Patrick Shen’s documentary about the beneficial effects of silence. For one thing, your hearing has probably already been affected by the pernicious noise levels afflicting our everyday lives. For another, every commentator in the film speaks in the sort of quiet, measured tones apparently meant to signify inner calm but will mostly leave you asking, “What did he say?”The sort of document ...
Review: ‘In Pursuit of Silence,’ a Guide to Tuning Out the Racket
New York Times, 2017-08-08
“In Pursuit of Silence” isn’t what you would call a well-rounded or intellectually rigorous documentary — it’s too messianic for that — but it is an interesting one. Partly inspired by George Prochnik’s 2010 book of the same title, this elegant sermon by Patrick Shen on why we should dial down the racket of our daily lives will make you consider turning off and tuning out. ...
Review Silence is indeed golden in the documentary 'In Pursuit of Silence'
LA Times, 2017-08-08
A lone tree sits in a field of the greenest grass. That’s it. It’s nothing but it’s everything, a vision of the kind of wordless tranquility we are likely searching for but even likelier finding hard to achieve.That shot opens “In Pursuit of Silence,” a remarkable documentary that paradoxically proves that when it comes to silence, there is a lot to be said as well as a great deal to be shown.Read more: http://www.latimes.com/ ...
How City noise is slowly killing you
Harpers Bazaar, 2017-08-08
When Kasia Galazka, a 31-year-old marketing writer in Atlanta, hears a car horn, she feels like she’s been electrocuted. “It’s like my nerves are permanently doused in kerosene, and any loud noise is like throwing a match,” she says. “I don’t talk about it often, because I feel like people would think I'm exaggerating or complaining.” But it turns out Galazka’s not overly sensitive or strangely wired—she just might notice the co ...
Celebrate the magic of silence in this enchanting sound-proof treehouse
Visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew can now celebrate the sound of silence in the park’s amazing new Quiet Treehouse. Also referred to as the Woodland House, the eco-friendly, sound-insulated treehouse was designed by Quiet Mark to highlight the many health benefits of noise reduction in our daily lives.Developed in partnership with UK retail chain John Lewis, Quiet Mark created the cool, sound-proof struc ...
Quiet Mark - launch of Woodland House, Kew Gardens
Psychologies , 2017-08-08
True quiet can be hard to come by these days; particularly in our cities, suburbs and satellites. From the steady drone of traffic and the blaring of horns, to the panicked incision of a siren, muzak from the retail outlets, pedestrian clatter. In our homes there is the functional noise of all those necessaries; the insect hum of the fridge, shudder of the tumble, the hairdryer held by an ear reaching decibels that damage within a ...
Does it really matter if our appliances are quieter? The World Health Organisation research on Noise Effects and Morbidity believes it is crucial. It says; ‘Environmental noise acts as a stress, at night by disturbing sleep, and via annoyance during the day… With chronically strong annoyance, a causal chain may exist between the three steps: health-annoyance-disease’. So it is extremely important to carefully consider the collection of machines we surround ourselves with. A desirable appliance must not only look good, but needs to be efficient and have a pleasant sound quality. An appliance instantly becomes unwelcome if its starts to dominate.
With the trend for open plan living and quest for light and space, replacing curtains and carpets with hard floor surfaces and shutters has brought a whole set of new challenges and created a more complex and noisier domestic soundscape.
“I couldn't hear my baby crying over the noise of the hairdryer”
Quiet Mark is the international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation. It encourages companies worldwide to prioritise noise reduction within the design of everyday machines and appliances, and find solutions to noise problems.
Through scientific testing and assessment, we can identify the quietest products in a given category, making purchase decisions quicker and easier. The more successful the scheme becomes, the more designers and manufacturers will be driven to reduce sound levels in their next generation of product.
What is clearly understood is that when one is exposed to loud, unexpected noise, or low continual sound vibration, strong physical and emotional responses are triggered, depending on the volume, length of time and the sound quality and context. We all know what sounds we like and which ones we hate.
For this reason, Quiet Mark does not mention any specific decibel levels relating to tested products, as every different environment they are used in will subtly influence how the sound is perceived. Our scheme compares products like-for-like in the same environment, and identifies the ones that are quieter than their peers.
"Your washing machine no longer has to sound like a train coming through your kitchen"