Revolving doors – the first line of defense against noise pollution

Ever since Banjo Patterson complained of the diabolical din of trams and buses ‘hurrying down the street’, noise pollution in Australasia’s cities has taken a toll on our life expectancy and health.

Patterson’s lament – in Clancy of the Overflow in 1889 – was years before the first petrol cars and trucks on Australian and New Zealand roads, which now number over 20 million and 4.4 million respectively, honking, roaring and steaming their way through our highways and city paths.

Environmental agencies in Europe, the United States and Australian cities have all recognized that not only are vehicle exhausts dangerous, but so are the noises emanating from them and other hazards. expanding urban areas presenting risks to architects, builders and the urban environment. a serious health threat.

Noise impacts

So much so that the European Environment Agency estimates that noise is responsible for 72,000 hospitalizations and 16,600 premature deaths each year in Europe alone. For half a century, US agencies such as the EPA have viewed noise pollution as “a growing danger to the health and well-being of the nation’s population.”

Studies in other highly urbanized parts of the world – including cities in Australia and New Zealand – have recognized that noise pollution not only leads to hearing loss, tinnitus and hypersensitivity to sound, but can also cause or exacerbate cardiovascular illnesses ; Type 2 diabetes; sleep disturbances; stress; mental health and cognition problems, including memory impairment and attention deficits; as well as childhood learning delays.

“Cities have become the epicenter of noise pollution, but this problem can often outweigh other significant environmental threats, such as fossil fuel pollution and the energy waste that produces it. But these noise threats to our cities come from the same basket of aerial ills, which constantly prompt architects and builders to pay greater attention to buildings,” says Michael Fisher, Managing Director of Boon Edam Australia.

Revolving doors – an elegant solution to noise pollution

Revolving doors – due to their “always open, always closed” design, provide a first line of defense against noise pollution entering public and private buildings, ranging from office, financial, data and retail centers, to stylish hospitality, health and aged care centers concerned with noise risks affecting their customers, guests and workers in increasingly dense urban developments in all parts of Australia and New Zealand .

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines noise above 65 decibels (dB) as noise pollution, meaning a level above normal conversation and laughter. Noise becomes harmful when it exceeds 75 dB and is painful beyond 120 dB. They note that a car horn, for example, produces 90 dB and a bus produces 100 dB.

“As well as being a style statement by architects, builders and facility managers, revolving doors offer very important benefits for facility management, including energy conservation, comfortable exclusion noise, exclusion of unhealthy outdoor allergens and exclusion of extremes of outdoor heat, cold or wind,” says Fisher.

Boon Edam Australia is the Australasian subsidiary of one of the world’s leading producers of architectural revolving doors protecting building occupants in 27 countries.

Boon Edam’s Tourniket doors are the world’s best selling revolving doors, among the most comprehensive range of architectural revolving doors and complementary security entrances available from a single source in Australasia.

In addition to providing a quiet and elegant entrance area, protected from weather and noise, revolving doors, such as this Boon Edam model with an additional “air curtain”, promote energy conservation and comfort. effectiveness of HVAC.

“No one would argue that revolving doors are the complete answer to NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) issues, but the front door of a building is a good starting point for noise reduction. And revolving doors are definitely a big step up in interior comfort, compared to doors that open to the elements,” says Fisher.

“Architects and builders using revolving doors appreciate that they can make a building more impressive and aesthetically pleasing through the size of the doors and the aesthetic scale they create.”

Noise pollution isn’t going away, but it can be better managed

“Electric cars give us hope of reducing noise and other pollution in the future, but it will still be a long time before they become the dominant mode of transport. Until then, we will need a lot more infrastructure to accommodate them, so the challenge will not go away.

“On the contrary, it is increasing, with drivers honking and jostling, groups of workers drilling the surface of the road, as well as continuous construction work on our roads and infrastructure and planes flying overhead, producing waste. noise, noise and more noise. That’s not going to change – the expansion of a city is making a lot of noise and it’s not going to stop. It’s up to us to find smart solutions to keep excess noise away from interior spaces, and revolving doors can be part of that solution.

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