Classroom acoustics impact on stress levels – for children and teachers
Sound insulation in schools is very important, as it has been proven to directly impact on the quality of learning.
A noisy environment distracts children and makes it harder to concentrate.
Extra sounds or high noise levels also have other effects. Students are less likely to talk out of turn or speak loudly in an acoustically optimised, quiet space. Plus, reduced background noise and less interruptions help to create a more relaxing environment.
Acoustics in special needs classrooms are especially important, as high noise levels or intrusive sounds from outside the classroom can cause distress.
In a recent study conducted by VSTE University, improved acoustics in the classroom also helped to reduce the teacher’s heart rate. This signifies that quieter classrooms can provide reduced levels of stress for both teachers and students.
By insulating classrooms, nurseries, and training areas from external noises, Norseal can help provide an adequate, effective learning atmosphere.
Use of acoustic door seals is a simple way to insulate existing spaces and is an easy yet effective way to retrofit a classroom.
Acoustic door seals block out unwanted noise and can improve sound levels to meet building regulations for classrooms and learning spaces.
The maximum decibel requirement for indoor ambient noise level in a classroom, teaching area or small group room is 35dB (new build) and 40dB (refurbishment).
Norseal recommends the NOR810 automatic drop seal in schools, as it provides a high acoustic resistance up to 51dB and is also tested for use on fire doors. This acoustic drop seal can be installed quickly and easily, and it is adjustable to seal gaps of up to 20mm.
Contact Norseal to learn about ways to improve acoustics in schools.