|Re: noise||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Kay Argyle (argylemines.utah.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 12:56:05 -0600 (MDT)|
The most effective noise policy is to emphasize to your architect that noise control is a high priority, even if it costs more. That could make a noise policy after move-in completely unnecessary. Wasatch Commons' (social) noise policy was created after move-in -- quiet hours between 9 p.m. and 7(?) a.m. During the summer it moves back to 10 p.m. Parties are expected to adhere to this unless okayed with impacted households in advance. Noise from kids was one trigger -- aside from stressed-out grownups, kids with early bedtimes didn't settle down well hearing everyone else still playing. Even normal conversational volume is a problem at late hours, since people's windows are only about ten to fifteen feet from the central path. Fortunately we don't have anyone who plays loud music outside (at least, only noncoho neighbors, so the music has further to carry). Our units have pretty good sound insulation. Exterior walls are constructed from R-Control panel, which is a sandwich of styrofoam-like material between pressboard. Walls between adjoining units have offset studs -- that is, instead of attaching to both walls, the two-by-fours only attach to one, alternating sides, with an inch or so of space between each two-by-four and the other wall. A blanket of insulation weaves through the open spaces. I can occasionally hear a faint noise from the washing machine or stereo in the other side of our duplex. Unfortunately rooms within a unit are not at all isolated acoustically -- to watch tv after I've gone to bed, my roommate has to huddle within a couple of feet of it with the volume as far down as it will go without being off. An even worse problem is noise inside the common house -- not just the usual too-noisy dining room, but noise transmission from one room to another. Our architect was big on open plan architecture and connected spaces. The dining room & sitting room are joined by large openings above head-height, a shared fireplace, and two doorways. The loft was supposed to be an exercise area. The upstairs guest room has interior windows opening onto the downstairs hallway where the other guest room is. The place is a nightmare acoustically -- the treadmill's thunka-thunka reverberated through the whole building, a downstairs guest tiptoeing in late wakes up the upstairs guest, and people lingering at the dining room tables to chat after dinner interfere with people trying to hold a meeting or watch a dvd in the sitting room. The exercise equipment got moved first into the downstairs guest room, then upstairs in the workshop. The idea was to have multipurpose spaces, but apparently it never occurred to the architect that activities might overlap in time, not just space! In short -- noise is only a minor problem where it was planned for, and a major headache where it was not. Kay argyle @ mines.utah.edu *:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:*'``'*:-.,_,.-:* _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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