The Science of Silence

“Early on we realised that if we wanted to truly transform people’s lives through their living environments, we needed to develop more deeply our fascination with, and knowledge of, the ‘science of silence’ – and then apply that expertise to our products and our process.

Not so much a gap in the market. More a gaping hole.

From the off, we saw a fundamental need not being met… and we knew that it could, and should be resolved, and that we were the ones to do it.

We witnessed a widespread assumption that double glazing was the best way to soundproof a home. And knew it wasn’t so.

We saw those in listed buildings unable to soundproof their homes because of planning restrictions. And knew there was a solution.

We encountered families having their lives needlessly disrupted by noise, and feeling powerless to do anything about it.

And we saw a way to take certain existing technologies and make them available to homeowners and others for the first time.

We are proud of the design processes and the products we have pioneered, and even more so of the impacts these have had, and are having.

Learning to become experts in three things at once.

When you get a visit from one of our acoustic specialists, they won’t show up in a white coat.  But they may as well do.

After all, we are a company of acoustic geeks. All our designers and surveyors have been trained by experts from the Institute of Acoustics. We’ve been to some unusual places (including an anechoic chamber) in pursuit of the latest acoustic wisdom.

Let’s just say we know about noise. From three very different angles.

  • First up, we have a deep understanding of acoustic principles. We stay abreast of the very latest developments, and are constantly looking to see which new breakthroughs we could harness.
  • Next, we need to stay tuned to what people really need. This isn’t just about getting an in-depth picture of a single client’s needs. It’s about staying mindful of the emerging issues ‘out there’ that are crying out for a solution. (Such as hoteliers losing custom because of noisy neighbours.)
  • And finally, we need to see how to take what we’ve learnt and translate it into design refinements to both our process and our products.

We believe we know how to straddle these three camps better than anyone.  And for us, R&D is a vital ongoing process; it underpins our capacity to create completely bespoke windows and doors that will delight for years to come.

Questions are a big part of our business.

Some relate to you and your needs… and some relate to ‘the science of silence’.

Try these three for size:

So how many decibels are ‘healthy’?

It’s not a question that many of us know the answer to. But it’s an important one, and for us, it’s an absolutely essential one. (See the blog)

How does NASA prepare astronauts for the silence of space?

And let’s throw another question into the mix, for good measure. “Why is the quietest place on earth so noisy?” (See the blog)

Why always timber and never UVPC?

When it comes to constructing noise reduction windows and doors, there are certain things we won’t touch with a bargepole. (Not even a bargepole made of the finest oak.) (See the blog)

The questions don’t stop there. So now ask yourself. What is the question about the silence of science that most fascinates YOU?

Could it be one of these…

What do a volcano and an opera singer have in common?

Why is the quietest place on earth so noisy?

How do we take your inside noise measurement?

Let us know, so we can write up and publish more of our blogs-in-waiting on our Knowledge Centre. It also means you can help us to deepen this dialogue and to spread this wisdom.

Download our noise reduction brochures

To learn more about The Science of Silence, please download our brochure.

To learn more about how we can help you return to tranquillity, please download our ‘Home Silent Home’ brochure.

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