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Anything for a Quiet Life

July 6, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

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Your home is supposed to be a safe haven, a place of tranquility away from the stresses of everyday life. Do you agree? All too often a bit of peace and quiet is destroyed by noisy household appliances. In conjunction with the Noise Abatement Society, the Quiet Mark accreditation has been launched to help shoppers to purchase quieter products for the home and work place.

Noise pollution is a growing concern for homeowners and first time buyers. Designed to address noise levels experienced by inhabitants, the Part E regulation calls for the installation of sound proofing measures to new builds.  In response to ever increasing complaints to the Noise Abatement Society, the Quiet Mark scheme recognises more peaceful products.

Appliances which are easier on the ear are often easier on the environment. By promoting quieter products, the scheme also hopes to contribute to energy reduction.

“The louder the noise around us the more energy we waste to overcome it, and it is getting worse day by day. If we don’t do something about this soon, our ability to hear the subtle sounds around us will disappear. Quiet Mark is embarking on a journey to redress the situation, to create a demand for use of quieter technology in our homes, in our workplace and in the open air.” Quiet Mark.

The list of Quiet Mark products is on the increase. Look out for the purple ‘Q’ on NAS-approved appliances.

 

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