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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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We were living in our 2 car garage while building our 3200 sq ft house with Icynene. We are now living in our home and using the same amount of fuel to heat and cool the house as we were using in the garage.
Gary & Donna,