How to design for optimal acoustic comfort

Reduce noise at home with Quiet Mark-certified appliances and building materials

By Staff writer | 12 May 2022

Designing for optimal acoustic comfort requires a dual-combination of reducing unwanted noise from appliances, like boilers and washing machines, and fitting acoustic improving building materials, such as acoustic plaster systems for walls and ceilings, and glazing and door solutions.

Quiet Mark, the international approval certification programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation, has certified over 1,200 of the quietest appliances and materials by over 90 leading manufactures, each listed on quietmark.com.

In addition to its partnerships with leading retailers, including John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Currys and Very, Quiet Mark recently announced a new partnership with NBS, a leading construction data and specification platform, to empower architects and interior designers to specify ‘acoustics first’ design. The aim is to elevate the aural design of buildings, optimising the overall level of acoustic comfort for occupants.

In partnership with Quiet Mark

Acoustic ceilings

For BASWA, the Swiss pioneers of seamless acoustic ceilings, good acoustics are essential to wellbeing – just like natural light.

BASWA Phon is the original and world’s most specified acoustic plaster system. The new BASWA Natural acoustic ceiling system replaces the recycled glass fibre panels used in BASWA Phon with sustainable, organically grown plant fibres.

Now with Quiet Mark certification, BASWA Natural provides high performance acoustics with sustainable materials and a high quality marble plaster finish to blend with any décor.

seamless acoustic comfort ceiling in a large white dining room with large windows

BASWA is the Swiss pioneer of seamless acoustic ceilings. Photo: Benjamin Brolet

Acoustic lighting

Let your mind travel to uninterrupted places far away. BuzziSpace’s noise-reducing pendant light helps take care of that, balancing sound for improved focus and concentration.

The aerodynamic design offers sound-absorbing capabilities, delivering acoustic comfort paired with a warm ambient light. BuzziProp LED is specifically designed to absorb high-frequency sounds such as ringtones and chatty colleagues or housemates.

With its wide diameter, the cylindrical design traps sound waves to bounce back-and-forth within its circular body, decreasing noise and optimising acoustic comfort. With its high density of acoustic material, BuzziSpace’s BuzziProp Acoustic Pendant Lighting works on the whole audible spectrum, from low to mid and high tones.

noise absorbing acoustic pendant lighting reduces noise in the office

BuzziSpace’s BuzziProp Acoustic Pendant Lighting. Photo: Siobhan Doran

Glazing and door solutions

Internorm is the go-to brand for all your bespoke glazing and door solutions. It is the leading window brand in Europe, offering premium, low-energy and Passivhaus window and door systems for self-build and renovation projects – all manufactured in its hi-tech facilities in Austria. The award-winning triple-glazed products are made to specification and offer superior acoustic, energy and security performance.

Available in a choice of designs and colours, Internorm’s premium uPVC and uPVC-Aluminium range has excellent thermal performance, with U-values below 0.8W/m2K, and sound reduction of up to 47dB. The popular Timber-Aluminium range comes in a choice of options, making it ideal for both traditional and contemporary projects. It also has strong environmental credentials and outstanding energy performance.

The innovative I-Core composite construction provides additional strength and durability, allowing lift-and-slide doors to be available up to an incredible 11m in width, without losing performance.

Additional features unique to Internorm include I-tec Glazing technology, where the glass unit is bonded into the sash, providing a continuous connection between the glazing and frame. It improves stability, thermal insulation and soundproofing, offering burglary protection and greater durability for the unit’s lifespan.

A low-energy and Passivhaus designed with acoustic comfort in mind

Internorm offers low-energy and Passivhaus window and door systems

Quiet cooling

Keeping groceries cool not only ensures freshness and longevity, it also makes a substantial contribution to avoiding food waste. With a Quiet Mark-certified Liebherr appliance, this is possible, thanks to the perfect combination of integrated freshness technologies.

The Liebherr ICBNdi 5183 Peak BioFresh NoFrost Integrable Fridge Freezer recently received the world-renowned 2021 iF Design Award. Over 98-members made the selection from almost 10,000 entries submitted from 52 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality, craftsmanship and contribution to acoustic comfort.

The innovative fridge can hold nine bags of shopping at once, and the freezer three. It also comes with some special tech that’ll stop ice building up inside – no more defrosting by hand. Hidden behind the panels of a built-in kitchen, a Liebherr is inconspicuous and lets the design of the kitchen take the spotlight. And because the doors let you choose which way they open, it’ll look great wherever you put it.

fridge freezer designed for acoustic comfort

Liebherr ICBNdi 5183 Peak BioFresh NoFrost Integrable Fridge Freezer

Designing for optimal acoustic comfort requires a dual-combination of reducing unwanted noise from appliances, like boilers and washing machines, and fitting acoustic improving building materials, such as acoustic plaster systems for walls and ceilings, and glazing and door solutions.

Quiet Mark, the international approval certification programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation, has certified over 1,200 of the quietest appliances and materials by over 90 leading manufactures, each listed on quietmark.com.

In addition to its partnerships with leading retailers, including John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Currys and Very, Quiet Mark recently announced a new partnership with NBS, a leading construction data and specification platform, to empower architects and interior designers to specify ‘acoustics first’ design. The aim is to elevate the aural design of buildings, optimising the overall level of acoustic comfort for occupants.

In partnership with Quiet Mark

Acoustic ceilings

For BASWA, the Swiss pioneers of seamless acoustic ceilings, good acoustics are essential to wellbeing – just like natural light.

BASWA Phon is the original and world’s most specified acoustic plaster system. The new BASWA Natural acoustic ceiling system replaces the recycled glass fibre panels used in BASWA Phon with sustainable, organically grown plant fibres.

Now with Quiet Mark certification, BASWA Natural provides high performance acoustics with sustainable materials and a high quality marble plaster finish to blend with any décor.

seamless acoustic comfort ceiling in a large white dining room with large windows

BASWA is the Swiss pioneer of seamless acoustic ceilings. Photo: Benjamin Brolet

Acoustic lighting

Let your mind travel to uninterrupted places far away. BuzziSpace’s noise-reducing pendant light helps take care of that, balancing sound for improved focus and concentration.

The aerodynamic design offers sound-absorbing capabilities, delivering acoustic comfort paired with a warm ambient light. BuzziProp LED is specifically designed to absorb high-frequency sounds such as ringtones and chatty colleagues or housemates.

With its wide diameter, the cylindrical design traps sound waves to bounce back-and-forth within its circular body, decreasing noise and optimising acoustic comfort. With its high density of acoustic material, BuzziSpace’s BuzziProp Acoustic Pendant Lighting works on the whole audible spectrum, from low to mid and high tones.

noise absorbing acoustic pendant lighting reduces noise in the office

BuzziSpace’s BuzziProp Acoustic Pendant Lighting. Photo: Siobhan Doran

Glazing and door solutions

Internorm is the go-to brand for all your bespoke glazing and door solutions. It is the leading window brand in Europe, offering premium, low-energy and Passivhaus window and door systems for self-build and renovation projects – all manufactured in its hi-tech facilities in Austria. The award-winning triple-glazed products are made to specification and offer superior acoustic, energy and security performance.

Available in a choice of designs and colours, Internorm’s premium uPVC and uPVC-Aluminium range has excellent thermal performance, with U-values below 0.8W/m2K, and sound reduction of up to 47dB. The popular Timber-Aluminium range comes in a choice of options, making it ideal for both traditional and contemporary projects. It also has strong environmental credentials and outstanding energy performance.

The innovative I-Core composite construction provides additional strength and durability, allowing lift-and-slide doors to be available up to an incredible 11m in width, without losing performance.

Additional features unique to Internorm include I-tec Glazing technology, where the glass unit is bonded into the sash, providing a continuous connection between the glazing and frame. It improves stability, thermal insulation and soundproofing, offering burglary protection and greater durability for the unit’s lifespan.

A low-energy and Passivhaus designed with acoustic comfort in mind

Internorm offers low-energy and Passivhaus window and door systems

Quiet cooling

Keeping groceries cool not only ensures freshness and longevity, it also makes a substantial contribution to avoiding food waste. With a Quiet Mark-certified Liebherr appliance, this is possible, thanks to the perfect combination of integrated freshness technologies.

The Liebherr ICBNdi 5183 Peak BioFresh NoFrost Integrable Fridge Freezer recently received the world-renowned 2021 iF Design Award. Over 98-members made the selection from almost 10,000 entries submitted from 52 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality, craftsmanship and contribution to acoustic comfort.

The innovative fridge can hold nine bags of shopping at once, and the freezer three. It also comes with some special tech that’ll stop ice building up inside – no more defrosting by hand. Hidden behind the panels of a built-in kitchen, a Liebherr is inconspicuous and lets the design of the kitchen take the spotlight. And because the doors let you choose which way they open, it’ll look great wherever you put it.

fridge freezer designed for acoustic comfort

Liebherr ICBNdi 5183 Peak BioFresh NoFrost Integrable Fridge Freezer

Silent laundry

Over 82% of Brits would like to make appliances in their homes quieter, according to Quiet Mark’s recent National Noise Report survey of 2,000 UK adults. The washing machine is the household appliance they would most like to update with a less noisy model to increase acoustic comfort.

Studies show that background noise adversely impacts stress levels, mood and concentration, ultimately reducing work output by up to 66%. However, a noise-free background, conducive to work or quality downtime, is far from possible when a washing machine has a lengthy wash programme ending in an 80-decibel spin cycle – that’s as loud as busy city traffic.

The WWV 980 WPS Passion 9kg is Miele’s quietest washing machine. With TwinDos, CapDosing, QuickPowerWash 49min programme, and [email protected] for smart laundry care, it is one of the quietest available on the market. It features an MTouch display for convenient operation at your fingertips and TwinDos automatic detergent dispensing for ultimate wash results and convenience. CapDosing is also the perfect addition for specialist items such as wool, by dispensing special detergents, fabric conditioners and additives using portioned capsules.

Intelligent washing with automatic load recognition means that smaller loads will use less water and electricity. Plus, Miele washing machines are kind to clothes, thanks to the Miele honeycomb drum with a hexagonal sculptured surface, that allows garments to glide on a thin film of water. And you can rest assured that Miele tests its machines for up to 20 years’ use.

The WWV 980 WPS Passion 9kg is Miele’s quietest washing machine

Quiet heat pumps

Heat pumps transfer warmth and energy from the outdoor air into your home for heating and hot water. It’s a renewable technology that uses electricity to run the components inside, removing the need for fossil fuels like gas and oil, lowering both your carbon emissions and energy bills.

Suitable for both renovations (depending on the building) and new-build projects, the Worcester Bosch Compress 7001iAW Air Source Heat Pump utilises high efficiency, low-carbon technology to deliver all the benefits of using ambient air as the primary energy source for heating and hot water.

Its Monobloc design houses all refrigeration circuit components, including the inverter and circuit boards, keeping maintenance low. It also has a pre-configured AWE indoor unit for quick and easy installation with a built-in electric booster for heating and hot water. Their Green Storage WB heat pump cylinders range from 150 to 300 litres, providing solutions for even the most demanding lifestyles.

low maintenance energy efficient heat pump outside a modern house

The Worcester Bosch Compress 7001iAW Air Source Heat Pump is low maintenance

Silent air purification

Daikin air purifiers minimise asthma and allergy symptoms by removing dust particles, pollen and other allergens from your indoor air, helping to keep you healthy by filtering out airborne bacteria and viruses. Daikin air purifiers clean your air by combining patented streamer technology and an active plasma ion generation unit with high performance HEPA filters. The result: healthy and clean air quality for everyone.

The perfect fit for living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, the Daikin MC55VB Air Purifier has been designed for near silent but powerful cleaning capability – all in a compact unit.

Benefits include a whisper-quiet powerful filtration for spaces of up to 41m2, space-saving design, powerful suction for fast, efficient air purification, up to 10-year lifespan on dust filters and easy cleaning – simply use a vacuum or damp cloth.

The Daikin MC55VB Air Purifier runs quietly for acoustic comfort in the home

Daikin MC55VB Air Purifier

For more solutions to unwanted noise, visit Quiet Mark’s Acoustics Academy at quietmark.com. You can also find out more about the importance of managing sound with the intriguing Quiet Mark Podcast.

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