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Welcome to The Quiet Mark Podcast.

Simon Gosling, CMO at Quiet Mark - the independent, international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society - explores our relationship with sound in a series of conversations with experts who’ve spent their lives working with acoustics.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises environmental noise as the 2nd largest environmental health risk in Western Europe behind air quality. The Mayor of London’s Environment Strategy warns that noise can contribute towards a range of physical and mental health problems, disturb sleep and affect people’s hearing, communication and learning.

And, in our smart-phone era, noise isn’t only about the big sounds of planes, traffic and construction sites. Smaller sounds like someone FaceTiming on the bus or playing music loudly through their tinny headphones can cause stress, annoyance and impact on our mental health.

Let’s talk quietly about sound.
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Episode 20, ‘The Sound of the Stars’, marks the 1st anniversary of The Quiet Mark Podcast. Yay!! And just as our 1st episode, with Acoustics Director, Richard Grove, and Colin Ball, Lighting Director at BDP (Building Design Partnership), looked at the relationship between Light & Sound in architectural design, this latest one explores the parallels between Light and Noise pollution.   Our guests on this episode are Paul Gregory - Global Specification & Training Director at Dyson and Nick Dunn, Executive Director of ImaginationLancaster & Professor of Urban Design at Lancaster University, both members of The International Dark-Sky Association. April 5th to 12th sees The International Dark-Sky Association's 2021 International Dark Sky Week. Every year, the International Dark-Sky Association hosts International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) to raise awareness about light pollution’s many negative effects.  Our world has become a 24/7 society. We use outdoor lighting, such as street lights and shop windows, to be more active at night and to increase our safety and security. But what impact is this lighting having on our sleep and on nature?  The stars and the sun have thousands of soundwaves bouncing around inside them at any given moment. Understanding these stellar harmonies represents a revolution in astronomy. By "listening" for stellar sound waves with telescopes, scientists can figure out what stars are made of, how old they are, how big they are and how they contribute to the evolution of our Milky Way galaxy as a whole.  A wave of silence has spread across the planet as man-made noise fell by 50% during the first worldwide coronavirus lockdowns. Noise pollution was reduced by 50% and suddenly nature, especially birdsong, seemed noticeably louder than ever before. But can the same be said of light pollution?  Our show host, Simon Gosling, asks Paul and Nick these and other questions about the wonder of stargazing and how a beautiful starry sky can change your life, for the better, forever.
Our guest on this episode is Dr. Elif Ozcan Vieira - Associate Professor in Sound-driven Design and Research at the TU Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. She's currently working mainly in the fields of space operations, and healthcare - both of which she discusses with our host, Simon Gosling, on the show. Top education and research are central to TU Delft, the oldest and largest technical university in the Netherlands. Their 8 faculties offer 16 bachelor's and more than 30 master's degree programs. Their more than 25,000 students and 6,000 employees share a fascination with science, design and technology. Their shared mission: impact for a better society. (Something that resonates very well with us here at Quiet Mark!) Elif is the director of the Critical Alarms Lab (CAL), which is a new initiative of the TU Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. CAL aims to shape the future of product-user interactions in complex environments through audible, visual, and haptic information design. The lab is a flexible consortium of individuals, institutes, and companies, and it offers multiple opportunities for student participation.  In fact, it's that healthcare connection that brought us together because Elif was kindly introduced to us by a previous guest on our podcast, Yoko Sen, an ambient musician who's applying talents and skills to transforming the sounds of alarms in hospitals, to make them less stressful, more natural-sounding environments. This is something with which she collaborates with Elif and you'll hear Elif's own experiences of their pioneering partnership in this episode. As an Associate Professor at the TU Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Elif teaches and does research on `form and experience-driven and `sound-driven' design. Her academic career started at the TU Delft as well, with doing a Ph.D. study on product sounds (`Product sounds: Fundamentals and application'). With this study, she is the first to establish a comprehensive theory about product sounds based on empirical evidence.
Our guest on Episode 18 is John Lopos, CEO of The National Sleep Foundation, released a week before their annual SLEEP AWARENESS WEEK, 14th to 20th March, 2021. This annual event celebrates sleep health and encourages the public to prioritize sleep to improve overall health and wellbeing. With Stanford research showing an incredible 42 percent of the U.S. labor force now working from home full-time, a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, The Quiet Mark Podcast host, Simon Gosling, asks: “What impact can The New Normal have on our sleep routines?” Working from home in many ways reduces the need for such a rigid bedtime and wake up time, in large part because we no longer have a commute to contend with. As nice as this extra time is in the morning, the lack of separation between work and rest times can make it hard to wind down and fall asleep at night when we have been at home all day. WFH is all very well, but it’s also vitally important to take time to be HFW (Home From Work)! With nearly 30 years of diverse experience across multiple healthcare and non-profit organizations, John Lopos has longstanding ties to the sleep health community, including his relationship with the NSF for the past 17 years. Most recently, he served for 8 years as an NSF Director, having been active on several task forces and committees including Development, Public Awareness, Compensation, and Finance. He also has been part of the organization’s advocacy on Capitol Hill for the past several years. National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Founded in 1990, the NSF is committed to advancing excellence in sleep health theory, research, and practice.
"Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"), or so says the title of the single from Elton John's classic 1973 album, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', but, here at Quiet Mark, we possibly subscribe more to John Lennon's words in The Plastic Ono Band's 1969 anthemic chant, 'Give Peace a Chance'.  But can sound, (or rather sound design and soundscapes), really have the power to stop people from fighting, and instead return peacefully to their homes, as the clubs empty on busy Saturday Night?  Well, that's just one of the many NAS Soundscape Programme's adventures in sound that Lisa Lavia, Managing Director of The Noise Abatement Society (NAS), shares in conversation with our host, Simon Gosling, in this episode of The Quiet Mark Podcast.     'There are no bad sounds. There are only the wrong sounds in the wrong context', explains Lisa as she talks of her work establishing the NAS’ soundscape programme, which has positioned NAS firmly at the global forefront of international soundscape standardisation and applied soundscape practices in the UK through demonstration projects, applied research and policy development.  The Noise Abatement Society campaigns and conducts research, education and outreach to policymakers, industry, academia, and citizens to solve noise pollution problems for the benefit of all. Listen to Lisa explain its origins, its family ties with Quiet Mark and the work it does to provide solutions to noise pollution, support the next generation of acousticians, encourage better sound design and improve acoustics in the built environment. 
10 yrs from now, what sound will transport you straight back to 2020? Clapping Our NHS Heroes? Louder birdsong during lockdown?   In this episode, we explore the first-ever Sound of the Year Awards with Matthew Herbert and Cheryl Tipp. We also look at the huge increase in natural soundscape stream that has occurred during lockdown and discuss the art of field recording.   The inaugural Sound of the Year Awards 2020 is a newly launched celebration of everyday sound (not music) in all its forms presented by The Museum Of Sound in partnership with The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop and others.   The awards aim to highlight the rapidly-growing international community of sound professionals and enthusiasts. During lockdown there has been a chance to hear the world differently, cities, in particular, have been transformed as they’ve emptied. Sound, listening and a healthy sonic environment are becoming recognised as a vital part of our daily lives.   Where there are many awards shows for everything associated with moving images, the time seems right to acknowledge and support those working hard to build and share their knowledge and recordings of moving audio in this new age of sound.    Matthew Herbert - BBC New Radiophonic Workshop & Cheryl Tipp - Curator of Wildlife & Environmental Sounds - British Museum are both Judges at The Sound of the Year Awards. Our host, Simon Gosling, finds out what all the noise is about!   In addition, he asks Cheryl Tipp to share the ins and outs of her role looking after the 250K recorded sounds archive at The British Library and what being a Curator of Natural Sounds at The British Library entails.
In this episode, we explore the future sound of hospitals, with ambient electronic musician and the founder of Sen Sound, Yoko Sen. In a recent episode, Marcia Jenneth Epstein, author of SOUND AND NOISE: A Listener's Guide to Everyday Life, spoke of how our sense of hearing still functions in a coma and is the last sense to go when we pass away, which raised the question, 'What's the last sound you'd like to hear?' Research has demonstrated that 72% to 99% of clinical alarms are false. The high number of false alarms has led to alarm fatigue. Alarm fatigue is sensory overload when clinicians are exposed to an excessive number of alarms, which can result in desensitization to alarms and missed alarms. Patient deaths have been attributed to alarm fatigue. Not only is this volume of sound stressful and exhausting for the clinicians and hospital staff, for the patients it's hardly conducive to their recovery. With Sen Sound, Yoko pursues a vision to transform the sound environment in hospitals.  As a classically trained musician, sensitive to sound, she was disturbed by the noise she had experienced in hospitals as a patient.  Since then, she has embarked on a mission to humanize the hospital experience by improving its soundscapes. Yoko has presented nationally and internationally, including TEDMED (2018) and Aspen Ideas Festival: Health (2019), and her work has been featured in New York Times, BBC, and STAT. Sen Sound’s initiative, “My Last Sound,” was selected as a Top Idea by Open IDEO’s End of Life challenge, involving hundreds of people from around the world sharing the last sound they wish to hear.  Sen Sound has collaborated with companies such as Medtronic to improve the sound experience design of medical devices, and it has been named as a 2020 finalist for the International Design Excellence Award by the Industrial Designers Society of America. Sen Sound has produced a film, “Sounds of Caring: New York,” which has become an official selection at six film festivals internationally and won Bronze Award at Independent Short Awards (Sep 2020).   At this time of a global pandemic, clinicians and medical staff are under intense pressure. Treating an ever increasing number of patients and finding enough emergency beds is far more urgent a priority than sound and acoustics. Nevertheless, news of vaccinations provides hope that we are in the beginnings of an end to this global catastrophe. The work that Yoko does with Sen Sound, and the product development innovation of our Quiet Mark Certified Manufacturer partners, found on our acousticsacademy.com, will all combine to improve the future sound of the hospital experience, be that the joy of the birth of a new child, or the sad passing of a loved one.
Sound Walking into 2021 - Taking strides to improve urban sound designIt’s reported that app usage has surged 40% during the pandemic, reaching an all-time high of over 200 billion hours during April 2020. Videoconferencing, collaboration software, streaming entertainment, fitness and wellness apps have seen booms in recent months.With this being our first episode of 2021, we thought we’d pick up on that New Year, New You fitness and wellness boom and do something to promote the well-being benefits of Sound Walking.In this episode, we enjoy a discussion with 3 guests whose companies' products and services help us to not only enjoy sound walks but also gather information and data to help design and build calmer outdoor soundscapes and healthier cities.Renate Zentschnig and Michiel Huijsman are Directors of Soundtrackcity, a company that investigates sound as a fundamental part of the living environment. Interdisciplinary teams of sound artists, citizens and architects listen to the city and together formulate new concepts and methods for the urban design of the future. Founded in Amsterdam in 2009, Soundtrackcity is now active in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Istanbul and Berlin.Grant Waters is the CEO and Co-founder of Tranquil City, an Environmental Data Company whose mission is to help everyone lead healthier and more sustainable lives in cities. Their work in creating multidisciplinary solutions that tackle the very human problems of living and thriving in big cities combines big data, local knowledge and public co-creation. Grant is an experienced Acoustic Consultant, also working for Anderson Acoustics, and has worked on many prestigious architectural and soundscape projects that push for a new way to approach acoustic design. At Anderson Acoustics, he has also worked closely with the Quiet Mark acoustic analysis team since 2017.
A terrific trio of guests joins our host, Simon Gosling, for Episode 13 of The Quiet Mark Podcast. Jessica Smith and James Mills from ROCKWOOL, the UK's leading manufacturer in sustainable non-combustible stone wool insulation, and Claudio Passavanti, aka Doctor Mix, a Music Producer, Digital Entrepreneur and YouTube Sensation with 500K Followers.   ROCKWOOL Limited is part of the ROCKWOOL Group. With one factory based in Bridgend, South Wales and over 500 employees across the UK, we are the local organisation offering a full range of high-performing and sustainable insulation products for the construction industry.   In addition to discussing how ROCKWOOL's range of insulation products was used to help build the music studio of Claudio's dreams, we explore how ROCKWOOL can be used to thermally and acoustically transform our homes and improve our work from home environments to increase productivity and wellbeing. With homeowners across England exploring the opportunities presented by the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme, stone wool insulation manufacturer, ROCKWOOL, has launched the ‘ROCKWOOL Green Homes Grant app’ to support those looking to access funding for energy efficiency improvement projects.   ROCKWOOL is one of many products listed in Quiet Mark's Acoustic Academy. This brand-new online platform further equips and empowers architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area: acousticsacademy.com   Find out more about ROCKWOOL's Quiet Mark certified products here: https://www.quietmark.com/brands/rockwool
HOW TO CONTROL REVERBERATION TO CREATE HEALTHY BUILDINGSIn this episode, we explore ways to equip architects, designers and specifiers with best solutions to solve the major problem of reverberation across very many building types and design scenarios. When reverberation is left untreated, sound bounces around hard surfaces, such as wall, floors and ceilings, spoiling the overall experience of the building and potentially causing daily long-term discomfort to inhabitants. If left off the priority list a building can sound hollow and ugly and not be suitable for its intended purpose.  Of our two guests on Episode 12, one creates beautiful acoustics in iconic buildings, the other provides specification consultancy on new projects to assist Architects, Designers and Contractors with advice on specialist surface finishes.Jack Richardson works as a Senior Acoustic Consultant for Hilson Moran, an engineering consultancy with a reputation for delivering sustainable and innovative designs for the built environment on behalf of people and businesses worldwide.Spencer Drake is Regional Sales Manager at Armourcoat Surface Finishes, a market-leading manufacturer and specialist contractor of decorative surface finishes. Developed over almost 40 years the company works with a network of agents and customers and enjoys product sales and installation into 80 countries.In February, Quiet Mark launched its Acoustics Academy, a new online platform to further equip and empower architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area. Armourcoat is one such product listed in the Acoustics Academy directory, and host Simon Gosling asks them both about their work and how they recently combined on a luxury swimming pool project within one of London's premier apartment buildings.Outside of his employment, Jack is a member of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Southern Branch Committee, where he sits beside various other industry experts sharing the common goal of positively contributing to the future direction of the acoustics industry and raising awareness of the importance of good acoustics in our everyday lives.Spencer graduated from Reading University in 2000 after studying surveying and joined Armourcoat in 2002. He has an in-depth knowledge of material application, substrate build-up, and colour technology and has worked on many of the UK's most prestigious projects including The Shard, Darwin Cocoon, The Walkie Talkie and The Gherkin.
Musicologist and Historian at The University of Calgary, Marcia Jenneth Epstein has recently released her latest book, Sound and Noise: A Listener's Guide to Everyday Life, on McGill-Queen's University Press. This book is about how you listen and what you hear, about how to have a dialogue with the sounds around you. Marcia Jenneth Epstein gives readers the impetus and the tools to understand the sounds and noise that define their daily lives in this groundbreaking interdisciplinary study of how auditory stimuli impact both individuals and communities. Through its international award programme, Quiet Mark enables consumers to improve their domestic soundscapes and encourages industry to prioritise acoustics in the built environment; expertly testing and verifying solutions to noise problems to benefit health and well being. Sound and Noise is a timely evaluation of the noise that surrounds us, how we hear it, and what we can do about it. In Episode 11 of The Quiet Mark Podcast, Marcia shares what lead to her writing the book and stories from it, with show host, Simon Gosling, CMO at Quiet Mark. 
On Sept. 29th 2020, ABC.net was one of many global publications to highlight a study by our guest on Ep. 10, Acoustics PhD Candidate, Mahmoud Alamir of Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. Under the headline: "Noisy restaurants leave a bad taste for diners, researchers recommend quiet spaces", Malcolm Sutton writes, Polished concrete and hard surfaces may be all the rage for today's cafes and restaurants but, according to Flinders University researchers, the accompanying noise levels are reducing people's enjoyment of food.Using an 11-point Likert scale to rate participants' responses, the study found that restaurant and traffic noise at all levels reduced people's enjoyment of food, but it tasted worse the louder those noises became.On the flipside, however, the paper found that relaxing music increased people's food enjoyment — by 60 percent at 30dBA, and by 38 percent at 40dBA.In addition to his studies of sounds effect on our dining experience, Mahmoud also speaks to our host, Simon Gosling about his exploration of sound's impact on our sleep and another one of his studies, "The Human response to wind farm noise compared to road traffic noise based on focused listening tests". Mahmoud Alamir has a considerable number of years of international research experience in engineering and programmes. He has developed, co-ordinated, lectured, assessed and examined a wide range of courses. He is now doing research with Australian experts in projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). He's presented his research at a number of internationally prestigious journals, conferences, workshops, and seminars. He's also tutored, lectured and coordinated a number of courses including acoustics at theUniversity of Adelaide and Flinders University."My general research interests are acoustics and its relation to heat, airflow and human responses (i.e. Thermoacoustics, Aeroacoustics and Psychoacoustics), Mahmoud tells Simon. "I am currently studying the effect of noise on human responses during my PhD program. In particular, I am studying the effect of wind farm noise on sleep acceptability. In my current and previous work, I use state of the art artificial intelligence models for acoustical problems". Food, Sleep, Energy and Power - a listen to this fascinating episode really highlights how sound is at the very heart of every element of our lives. Thus providing further emphasis on the need for quiet machines and appliances and improved acoustics in the built environment; made possible by the products and materials that are certified by Quiet Mark and included its AcousticsAcademy.com online platform; to further equip and empower architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area. 
If clever audio branding can influence our behaviour and drive our purchase decisions, what impact can good acoustic architecture and sound design in the built environment have on our well being and mental health? In Ep.9 of The Quiet Mark Podcast, Simon Gosling seeks answers to that question from one of the world’s leading experts in the field of sonic identity, Steve Keller, to find out, when it comes to sound in adverts, what makes people tick and why, and to explore the lessons this can teach us in our approach to the acoustic design of products and places. Steve Keller is Sonic Strategy Director for Studio Resonate, Pandora’s audio-first creative consultancy. With a degree in psychology and over 30 years of experience in the music and advertising industries, Steve’s work explores the ways music and sound impact consumer perception and behaviour. Recent experiments have examined the relationship between sound and taste, the existence of audio archetypes, the cost and benefits of music, soundscapes and noise in healthcare settings, and how bias impacts the aesthetic judgements of advertising professionals. Steve raises the subject of ‘Alarm Fatigue’ in hospitals. The alarms, beeps and chatter of a hospital aren’t just uncomfortable for patients and staff: the noise can undermine safety and health. One report by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses found that from 72% to 99% of all hospital alarms were false. At just one hospital – Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland – there is an average of 350 alarms per patient per day. Steve talks of ambient musician Yoko Sen who, after an unsettling hospital stay, founded a start-up that creates more pleasing sounds for medical devices and the work of famed composer and U2 Producer, Brian Eno who produced two pieces of light installation art designed to relax patients at The Montefiore Hospital in Hove. Pandora is a leading music and podcast discovery platform, providing a highly-personalized listening experience to approximately 70 million users each month. As the largest streaming music provider in the U.S., with an industry-leading digital audio advertising platform, Pandora connects listeners with the audio entertainment they love. Pandora is a subsidiary of Sirius XM Holdings Inc.. Together, Pandora and SiriusXM have created the world's largest audio entertainment company.
Together, building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions in the world, and alongside air traffic and road traffic, construction is one of the biggest sources of noise pollution.  Does it have to be this way? One man who believes construction could be quieter and more sustainable, and whose company is determined to make it so, is Kiss House Co-Founder, Mike Jacob; our guest on Episode 8 of The Quiet Mark Podcast. Kiss House’s motto is simple. Build Better. Live Better.  In 2018 The World Health Organization calculated that at least 1m healthy life-years are lost every year in western European countries because of environmental noise, with cardiovascular disease contributing to the vast majority of these deaths, especially high blood pressure, heart attacks and coronary heart disease. It is thought that noise triggers the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which damages blood vessels over time.  A wave of silence has spread across the planet as man-made noise fell by 50% during worldwide coronavirus lockdowns. Does a return to a new normality necessarily have to bring with it a return to pre-lockdown volume levels?  Air traffic has reduced with less vacation travel and global business meetings increasingly taking place on Zoom and other video call platforms.   With companies such as Google telling employees to stay home until summer 2021, and Twitter announcing that employees could work from home indefinitely, comes a significant reduction in road traffic, with vast numbers of people no longer doing the daily commute. But what about noise from construction? The number of new homes registered to be built per annum in the UK has risen by more than 80 per cent over the last decade. Ground-working is an especially noisy process, but could much of that be carried out in remote factories, away from neighbourhoods?  Mike discusses this and more with our host, Simon Gosling, explaining the path that lead to Kiss House and their work to disrupt the future of construction, transforming the lives of occupants, for the better.
In Episode 7, Pt.3 of The Quiet Mark Podcast, introducing our audio resource book for architects, Simon Gosling enjoys a conversation with Oliver Brookes, an Architect with Cambridge based BB&C Architects, who turned to the Quiet Mark certified, Armourcoat's acoustic plaster system, for a much needed solution when creating a music listening room within this beautiful domestic home: https://www.bbcarchitects.co.uk/projects/domestic/modern-house/ BB&C Architects Limited, set up in 1983, is a RIBA Chartered Practice based in Cambridge operating from riverside studios on Bridge Street overlooking the Cam. They work with a wide range of clients and produce diverse architectural solutions within collegiate, university, housing, health, ecclesiastical, theatre, primary and secondary education sectors as well as master planning. Oliver Brookes is keen Architect, who has and continues to work on many prominent Projects in the heart of Cambridge. For a short period he worked in London on High rise accommodation projects for Broadway Malyan Architects. He moved to BB+C in 2015 to work for a smaller company and to be closer to home. Since being there he has completed two boathouses projects for both Gonville and Caius and Christ Colleges, in addition to this he worked closely with clients to redevelop a large 1930’s student hostel and building of local interest into a stunning, contemporary family home. Currently he is working on a refurbishment project for a grade one listed building at Queens College as well as a new complex on Round Church Street for Trinity College, comprising a 110 cover high end restaurant on the ground floor with four floors of student accommodation above. Armourcoat is a market leading manufacturer and specialist contractor of decorative surface finishes. The company has its UK head offices in Sevenoaks and has a wholly owned US subsidiary business based in Las Vegas. Developed over 30 years the company works with a network of agents and customers and enjoys product sales and installation into 80 countries. The UK business manages the manufacture of the wide product range, global distribution and technical support. It also runs a significant contracting business operating in the UK and Europe. With an outstanding and ever growing product range Armourcoat remain at the forefront of sustainable decorative surface solutions.  Armourcoat's acoustic plaster is listed within Quiet Mark's Acoustic Academy: a brand new, free to use online platform, designed to further equip and empower architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area, including; approved specialist acoustic glazing, sound barriers, panels, pumps, acoustic doors, flooring, insulation, commercial ventilation, acoustic plasters and surfaces and much more.  Example building application areas include, residential, commercial, industrial, schools, offices, healthcare, hospitals, restaurants and public spaces. Poppy Szkiler, Founder and CEO, Quiet Mark says: “Acoustics Academy is our new online platform developed to serve the Building sector by further equipping and empowering industry to easily find the latest expert-approved acoustic materials, products and solutions organised in a one-stop online hub for the right building applications and scenarios. “Building design is now evolving to prioritise responsible sound-design transforming living spaces into harmonious soundscapes that deliver excellent acoustics to support health, well-being and desire for quieter living. A property that has been carefully designed acoustically creates a beautiful, calm, supportive environment, reducing unnecessary stress for all inhabitants for generations to come.”
In Episode 7, Pt.2 of The Quiet Mark Podcast, introducing our audio resource book for architects, Simon Gosling talks with Nigel Sill - Chairman - Enfield Speciality Doors  whose Quiet Mark certified products enable architects to improve the acoustics and sound design of buildings, without compromising on the visual aesthetic. Enfield Doors was established in 1936, producing doors for the local building trade. Nigel joined the company in 1965 and in 1983 Enfield began manufacturing fire doors. Acoustic, security, and X-ray doors followed and now the company specialises in bespoke, flush timber-framed doors for a variety of applications. Nigel is a resident along the Heathrow flight path and is a staunch supporter of campaigns to highlight the health hazards of excessive noise. He understands the importance of the Quiet Mark scheme and is pleased to have Quiet Mark approval across Enfield’s entire range of acoustic door sets. The long-standing team has unparalleled expertise and knowledge and after Grenfell, Nigel called the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) to talk to them about fire doors, which resulted in a visit to the factory. MHCLG then asked some key fire door suppliers to help them. Enfield provided technical advice, and design and fire protection expertise. Enfield provided MHCLG with sample fire doors and were the first to be successfully tested to the amended standard. Enfield’s doors passed the test with a large margin: ‘opening in’ exceeded the time by 19% and ‘opening out’ by an exceptional 70% (51 minutes). Nigel is passionate about quality and customer service and Enfield has achieved the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management and ISO 9001 for quality management. Enfield Speciality Doors is listed within Quiet Mark's Acoustic Academy: a brand new, free to use online platform, designed to further equip and empower architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area, including; approved specialist acoustic glazing, sound barriers, panels, pumps, acoustic doors, flooring, insulation, commercial ventilation, acoustic plasters and surfaces and much more.  Example building application areas include, residential, commercial, industrial, schools, offices, healthcare, hospitals, restaurants and public spaces. Poppy Szkiler, Founder and CEO, Quiet Mark says: “Acoustics Academy is our new online platform developed to serve the Building sector by further equipping and empowering industry to easily find the latest expert-approved acoustic materials, products and solutions organised in a one-stop online hub for the right building applications and scenarios. “Building design is now evolving to prioritise responsible sound-design transforming living spaces into harmonious soundscapes that deliver excellent acoustics to support health, well-being and desire for quieter living. A property that has been carefully designed acoustically creates a beautiful, calm, supportive environment, reducing unnecessary stress for all inhabitants for generations to come.”
In Episode 7, Pt.1 of The Quiet Mark Podcast, introducing our audio resource book for architects, Simon Gosling talks with Martin Rawlins - Head of UK & Australia Sales at BASWA acoustic whose Quiet Mark certified products enable architects to improve the acoustics and sound design of buildings, without compromising on the visual aesthetic. BASWA acoustic AG is a young and dynamic company with an international profile. Hans “Jeannot” Sulzer, who was sixty at the time, established it in 1991. From the start, the company pursued the goal of manufacturing and distributing innovative acoustics products. As a tireless and ambitious entrepreneur and pioneer with a high affinity for technology, Hans Sulzer invented and developed the BASWA acoustics system. He knew from the beginning that as an enterprise, BASWA would take an unconventional path to success and would find innovative new solutions for familiar problems. Martin is head of UK sales for BASWA acoustic. Martin has a deep interest in sound and was previously a music producer and recording engineer, spending seven years in China recording everything from punk and indie bands to traditional Guzheng, and a Grammy winning singer songwriter. With BASWA, Martin now spends his time working with architects to enhance the user experience by improving interior acoustics, and has worked on projects including the new United States London Embassy, the Lanesborough Hotel and the V&A. BASWA acoustic's system is listed within Quiet Mark's Acoustic Academy: a brand new, free to use online platform, designed to further equip and empower architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area, including; approved specialist acoustic glazing, sound barriers, panels, pumps, acoustic doors, flooring, insulation, commercial ventilation, acoustic plasters and surfaces and much more.  Example building application areas include, residential, commercial, industrial, schools, offices, healthcare, hospitals, restaurants and public spaces. Poppy Szkiler, Founder and CEO, Quiet Mark says: “Acoustics Academy is our new online platform developed to serve the Building sector by further equipping and empowering industry to easily find the latest expert-approved acoustic materials, products and solutions organised in a one-stop online hub for the right building applications and scenarios. “Building design is now evolving to prioritise responsible sound-design transforming living spaces into harmonious soundscapes that deliver excellent acoustics to support health, well-being and desire for quieter living. A property that has been carefully designed acoustically creates a beautiful, calm, supportive environment, reducing unnecessary stress for all inhabitants for generations to come.”
In Episode 7 of The Quiet Mark Podcast, introducing our audio resource book for architects, Simon Gosling talks with Martin Rawlins -Head of UK & Australia sales at BASWA acoustic and Nigel Sill - Chairman of Enfield Speciality Doors, two companies whose Quiet Mark certified products enable architects to improve the acoustics and sound design of buildings, without compromising on the visual aesthetic. Simon also enjoys a conversation with Oliver Brookes, an Architect with Cambridge based BB&C Architects, who turned to another such company's Quiet Mark certified product, Armourcoat's acoustic plaster system, for a much needed solution when creating a music listening room within THIS beautiful domestic home. BASWA acoustic, Enfield Speciality Doors and Armourcoat are just three of the many brands whose expert-approved acoustic materials, products and solutions are listed within Quiet Mark's Acoustic Academy: a brand new, free to use online platform, designed to further equip and empower architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area, including; approved specialist acoustic glazing, sound barriers, panels, pumps, acoustic doors, flooring, insulation, commercial ventilation, acoustic plasters and surfaces and much more.  Example building application areas include, residential, commercial, industrial, schools, offices, healthcare, hospitals, restaurants and public spaces. Poppy Szkiler, Founder and CEO, Quiet Mark says: “Acoustics Academy is our new online platform developed to serve the Building sector by further equipping and empowering industry to easily find the latest expert-approved acoustic materials, products and solutions organised in a one-stop online hub for the right building applications and scenarios. “Building design is now evolving to prioritise responsible sound-design transforming living spaces into harmonious soundscapes that deliver excellent acoustics to support health, well-being and desire for quieter living. A property that has been carefully designed acoustically creates a beautiful, calm, supportive environment, reducing unnecessary stress for all inhabitants for generations to come.”
With the UK's hospitality industry opening its doors again, after over 100 days of lockdown, show host, Simon Gosling asks, "Have you ever been to a restaurant with a friend and found yourself having to talk loudly, just to be heard above the music, the kitchen noise and the other diners? Your friend then feels the need to talk even louder to be heard by you and before you know it, you’re both having to shout at one another, just to enjoy a friendly conversation!"This is known as the Lombard Effect and studies have shown that whilst higher decibels in a restaurant might make someone eat more food during their visit, it may nevertheless put them off returning, making it a false economy.Our guest on Episode 6, Wade Bray - Vice President or HEAD acoustics, Inc., imparts a lifetime of study and experience, not only with the acoustics of restaurants, but also with many other spheres including consumer technology, architecture, automotive, concert halls and more.HEAD acoustics, Inc. is one of the world’s leading companies for integrated acoustics solutions as well as sound and vibration analysis. They offer a broad portfolio of products and services covering almost any application in the areas of sound design for technical products and the enhancement of speech and audio quality in the telecommunications industry. The company benefits from the combination of cutting-edge measurement technology with many years of practical experience in these industries.When it comes to taste, Marmite’s advertising famously tells us that you either love it, or hate it. But is the same true of sound? Or do we all agree that a sound is either good or bad? In this episode Wade shares how they measure psychoacoustic metrics and the ways that humans respond to a variety of sounds. This includes interviewing individuals for their personal reactions, so that this information can then be applied to the sound design of products, to enhance the user’s perception.We hope this episode sound good to you!
How adept are we when it comes to describing sound? In Episode 4 of The Quiet Mark Podcast, which focused on Acoustics in Education, Shane Cryer from Ecophon explained that when people walk into a classroom that his company has treated acoustically, they seldom comment that it sounds good and are more likely to say that it feels right. And as previous guests, Biophilic Designer, Oliver Heath in Ep. 3 and Ethan Bourdeau from WELL Building Institute in Ep. 2  have all said - when a place feels right, through well designed acoustics, absenteeism decreases, performance and productivity increases, result and grades improve and wellbeing is optimised. So when we approach describing how we want our future buildings to sound, or how we want them to make us feel, the correct use of language is highly important. That’s where Episode 5’s guest comes in. Adrian Passmore is an Acoustician and Associate Director with ARUP. He demystifies the language of sound and acoustics and tells of the latest advancements in technology and virtual reality, which enable stakeholders to experience what a future building project both looks and sounds like before building begins. Adrian was one of the masterclass speakers at Quiet Mark’s Acoustics Academy launch last February, a video of which can be seen on our Youtube channel, QuietMark TV. This recording was made immediately as we stepped off stage at the February event and we would like to give a quick thank you to our Quiet Mark awarded partners, AllsFar who kindly provided biophilic acoustic murals, which provided excellent, much needed sound proofing and dampening at The Business Design, and they also provided very comfortable acoustic furniture which is perfect for podcast recording and available though our Acoustics Academy platform of verified acoustic products for every building project, at QuietMark.com Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Headquartered in London, they currently employ over 15K people globally working on projects in over 140 countries. Arup was born of their founder, Sir Ove Arup’s conviction that a more collaborative and open-minded approach to engineering would lead to work of greater quality and enduring relevance. His legacy is an organisation that continues to be recognised for bravely imaginative solutions to the world’s most challenging projects. For more than 20 years Adrian has been delivering holistic acoustic building designs. After graduating from the Salford University Electroacoustics degree in 1992, Adrian was employed with an underwater acoustics research company for five years, working primarily for military and petrochemical industries. In 1997 he began his career in commercial acoustic consultancy, working for Sound Research Laboratories Ltd in London where he gained wide experience in building acoustics, before joining Spectrum Acoustics Limited to assist in setting-up their London office. He joined Arup Acoustics in 2002 and currently leads their UKIMEA Property business interests, with principal focus on developments containing residential, commercial, hotels and leisure buildings. Adrian also leads the Acoustics’ 28 staff London team. Adrian has led the acoustic design on nationally significant infrastructure projects and major developments, such as: HS2 London Euston and Birmingham Stations; BBC Television Centre, London; Paradise Circus Redevelopment, Birmingham; Earls Court Development, London; Chelsea Barracks, London.
As schools reopen their doors, after 10 weeks of lockdown, it seems fitting that this episode should focus on Acoustics in Education.Our Guest Shane Cryer, Concept Developer – Education, manages the education sector in the UK and Ireland for Swedish acoustic experts, Saint-Gobain Ecophon. Having recently completed the The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) diploma is now an Associate Member of the IOA. Working closely with The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the RIBA, Shane has been promoting BB93: Acoustic Design of Schools standard via CPD seminars,conferences and articles in the trade press.Following his Masterclass presentation at our Acoustics Academy launch event; last February, Shane explains to our host, Simon Gosling, how good acoustics in schools can reduce absenteeism, improve exam results and increase wellbeing for students and teachers.He also shares the story of Sara, a profoundly deaf Year 12 Student with cochlea implants, whose learning experience at Sweyne Park School was totally transformed after Ecophon’s work in her school led to a 10 dB increase in the difference between the teacher’s voice and the background noise. So not only did the room become quieter, it also became much easier for the pupils to hear what the teacher was saying; Sara’s grades improving as a result, with a future at University pending.Saint-Gobain Ecophon are one of the many Quiet Mark awarded, world leading manufactures of acoustic products that feature within our new AcousticsAcademy.com - a free to use online platform to further equip and empower architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area.
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