Acoustic insulation: a problem that is (still) too little known about

The effects of noise pollution on health are proven: headaches, stress, sleep disorders... The list goes on. It impacts health as well as productivity and, in general, the well-being of people. But how can we reduce noise pollution in our living environments?

In Europe, one in five people is a victim of noise pollution at home, at work or elsewhere. In the long term and at high intensity, this nuisance can contribute to the development of hypertension or coronary heart disease. At work, it also impacts our performance. According to a study by the University of California, Berkeley, performance drops by 66 % when we are exposed to distracting noise. How can we solve this problem, which seems insoluble in an urban environment?

The first step is to ensure better acoustic comfort in all offices and homes. This is one of Saint-Gobain's development priorities, and the company is helping to design buildings with walls, partitions and ceilings that promote insulation for the well-being of residents. By reducing external noise (from neighbors, road traffic, etc.) and equipment noise (ventilation, electronic objects, etc.), insulation is conducive to acoustic comfort. 

Buildings can also rely on sound absorption. By using specific materials, such as mineral wool in ceiling tiles, Saint-Gobain can control the reverberation inside a room. All of this for the benefit of our health, well-being, and productivity.