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Building Science

Controlling Noise

For homeowners, who are creating media rooms or home theatres, sound control is a top consideration. Think how peaceful our homes could be if we could also control the symphony of sounds from plumbing, playrooms, laundry rooms, street noise and airplanes!

What's the problem?
  • Sound travels in a number of ways, most commonly through the air, Sound can move through air at many frequencies. Mid-range sounds are the most common in daily life, like stereo noise, voices, rushing water in plumbing and some noises from outside
  • Running water can cause piping behind walls and above ceilings to vibrate -- a real nuisance every time the toilet is flushed or bathtub is drained 
What can you do?
  • Reduce mid-range noises by controlling air movement through your walls with an air barrier like Icynene
  • Using an air barrier with drywall mounted on resilient channels can also provide a structural break between to parts of the home, isolating vibrations or noise 

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I am SO glad I decided to use Icynene to insulate the entire envelope of my house. We did a full-renovation, and the 100% air barrier has been fabulous. Ameri-spec tested our house for the federal renovation grant, and said we were more heat efficient than most of the new "green" homes going up on the west side. Icynene definitely contributed to the $3800 rebate we got.
Tim, South Lethbridge