Intensification What is it?

As you travel in and around the Toronto GTA in the last decade, have you noticed subdivisions that weren’t there a year prior? New residences in areas that you thought were previously zoned industrial or parkland. Have you noticed that sidewalks have shrunk; some new houses are  only a few feet from the street.

What about all the cranes in the air? You have noticed all the new condominiums’ being built. House lots where a single dwelling existed are being converted to multi town houses and row houses; sometimes as many as 10 new dwellings on a single lot. Renovations that turn single homes into multi occupancy units.  What is going on?

It’s called intensification and it’s a policy put forth by the Ontario provincial government over a decade ago.

It allows us to live closer to work, closer to shopping, and closer to our community. It promotes using transit, walking and basically relying less on a car. It’s a wonderful thing; imagine you can go to work with transit and walk to all your shops and all your amenities close by.

It all sounds good! Correct?

Well what about the increase in noise? Yes closer also means noisier, a desirable location often times equals a noisy environment. With a noisy environment also comes a lack of sleep and an increase in stress levels.

Our bquiet Soundproof Windows are the solution; Now you can live anywhere in the heart of the city without the unwanted noise it produces.  For most of the last decade we have been soundproofing Toronto GTA as it intensifies.

David Rosolen.

Understanding Noise Pollution

Noise pollution is defined as human-created noise harmful to our health and welfare. Transportation vehicles are the worst offenders. Airplanes, trains, trucks, buses and cars, all continuously produce excessive noise.  There are also many secondary sources of City noise.  Due to the rapid and massive growth of our cities, we are consistently being bombarded by noise and now we cannot escape it anymore.

Noise intensity is measured in decibel units. The decibel scale is logarithmic; each 10-decibel increase represents a tenfold increase in noise intensity. Human perception of loudness also conforms to a logarithmic scale; a 10-decibel increase is perceived as roughly a doubling of loudness. Thus, 30 decibels is 10 times more intense than 20 decibels and sounds twice as loud. Distance diminishes the effective decibel level reaching the ear. Thus, even moderate auto traffic at a distance of 100 ft (30 m) rates about 50 decibels.  With homes and condos being built closer and closer to main streets, this noise is getting louder and louder.

Subjected to 45 decibels of noise, the average person cannot sleep.  Noise pollution can cause lack of sleep, irritability, heartburn, indigestion, ulcers, high blood pressure, and possibly heart disease. Just one burst of noise, as from a passing truck, is known to alter endocrine, neurological, and cardiovascular functions in many individuals. Prolonged or frequent exposure to such noise tends to make the physiological disturbances chronic. In addition, noise-induced stress creates severe tension in daily living and contributes to mental illness.  There is more and more evidence showing the importance of soundproofing our homes.  In the home the majority of  noise is passing through the windows.  Although most windows today are energy efficient they do not stop noise.  bquiet windows which are made completely in Canada offer a solution.  It is a second window designed exclusively to stop noise, help you sleep better and live more comfortably in today’s loud world.


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Soundproofing Public and Private Spaces

There are various reasons that you might find yourself considering soundproofing, either for your home or place of work. Commercial spaces and environments used by the general public often experience sound issues that, if not deal with, can be detrimental in ways you might not expect. By the same token, if you are experiencing noise problems at home as well then this can affect you in other ways, specifically leading to increased feelings of stress and tiredness.

For example, an education environment like a school or college will benefit immeasurably if the environment in question is properly soundproofed. If the classrooms are filled with the sounds going on the corridors and other parts of the school, then concentration and overall engagement can be negatively affected.

At home, things are slightly different. While it can be annoying to deal with noise in public spaces, it’s even more frustrating when you have to deal with it at home, which should be your sanctuary. Looking into how to soundproof a home could provide you with the answers you’ve been looking for. A more peaceful home environment can lead to better sleep patterns, less stress and increased feelings of emotional wellness. When you think about it, it’s incredibly just how easily excess noise can affect our lives without us even realizing it, to the point that it affects our well-being.

Dealing with noise is much easier these days thanks to advancements in soundproofing technology.

Because sound is a form of energy, its effects can be reduced, thereby creating a quieter environment. There’s a good analogy for how this works: if someone flicks a pea at you, you’ll feel the impact of its force when it hits you. If someone flicks a pea at you whilst you’re wearing protective layers, you’ll still feel the pea hit you but at a less powerful rate. Soundproofing effectively softens the impact of sound as it enters the building. If you’re sensitive to sound or would just like some peace and quiet, it’s definitely worth getting your home soundproofed in some capacity. When you’re looking at reducing noise through your windows bquiet is leading the way in Canada with its soundproofing technology and solutions.  Windows are generally your weakest link in stopping unwanted noise from outside and now there is a solution made right here in Canada..

Soundproofing 101

Sound reduction is measured in STC, which stands for Sound Transmission Class. It ranges from 0-100. 100 representing complete soundproofing and 0 representing no barrier between you and the sound. Example: If have a window open, all the sound you hear is at 0 STC. When you close the window you are now hearing the sound through a barrier (glass). The glass has an STC rating that refers to the amount of sound it has reduced.