Safe and Sound.
We may have different views on what makes the perfect work environment, but we can all agree that unwanted noise isn't part of the equation. Whether it's an office, school, hospital or even your home, sudden, loud or variable noises are irritating and distracting. But did you also know it's bad for you?
A Harper’s Bazaar article, “How City Noise Is Slowly Killing You”, cites a study in which “clerical workers in a noisy room were less motivated to complete cognitive tasks and had elevated stress hormone levels, compared to those in a quiet room—but they didn’t feel particularly stressed.” Essentially, we have a physical reaction to unwanted noise. So, that office mate who likes to put her phone on speaker or the man two desks away with no concept of what an "inside voice" is could be raising more than your temper.
In laboratory tests, our LVT with Sound Choice™ backing offered a 16dB sound reduction as compared to traditional hard surfaces such as vinyl composition tile (VCT), concrete and timber floors that only reduced it by 1-6 dB. Ten decibels may not seem like much, but it is a doubling of sound intensity. Interface LVT with Sound Choice™ reduces impact sound within a room by more than half.
Impact sound transmission, measured in decibels, tells you how much sound is insulated from an adjacent space. Interface test results as determined under AS ISO 717.2-2004, show that Interface LVT with Sound Choice backing passes the requirement for noise transfer requirements under the National Construction Code (NCC).
Managing Noise with Flooring
Other considerations are the layout and interior finishes you're using. Both greatly impact the noise level of a space, and perhaps the largest finishing is your floor. Put that to work for you and see what a difference it makes.