Architecture and professions relating to design in the built environment have historically focused on the aesthetic aspects of space. Often excluding the other senses which we rely heavily on to navigate the environments we inhabit – be that sound, touch or scent.
Along with air, light, water and thermal quality, sound is one of the key concepts of wellbeing led design, a trend that is on the rise. Only 5 or so years ago, designing inclusive, accessible spaces, and specifying sustainably produced building materials were considered as nice-to-have bolt ons, whereas today one wouldn’t even consider not doing so. The specification of acoustic materials for wellbeing is still in the accessory phase, but is quickly becoming a must-have, as highlighted by the recent partnership between Third Party Certification, Quiet Mark and NBS, a leading construction data and specification platform.