There are many elements that make up a successful bathroom design and chief among them, aside from its overall looks and cleanliness, is the acoustics. One source of noise in buildings that is often overlooked is waste water, which can be heard flushing through an entire building if the acoustics aren’t sound behind the wall.
Geberit's sanitary and piping systems provide the ultimate solution for better acoustics, from supply through to sanitary and drainage, to ensure a good night's sleep despite water passing through the building.
Part E of Building Regulations aims to protect a building's occupants from the noise of activities in other rooms or adjoining properties. Geberit's range of acoustic drainage, supply and sanitary systems are specifically designed to be compatible with each other and to tackle solid and air borne noise at every potential point of transfer.
The first place to look in terms of reducing noise is in the choice of sanitaryware. Wall-hung WCs, with the cistern concealed in a duct, are much quieter than the floorstanding, close-coupled alternatives. The wall in front of the framework also acts as a sound barrier and the frames themselves can be insulated acoustically. Geberit concealed cisterns are made even quieter with filling valves that are for low noise even at pressures up to 10bar, and polystyrene protection jackets that prevent condensation and further reduce noise transfer.
Drainage and pipework is another essential element of a bathroom's design that can affect a building's acoustics. Connecting on to the acoustically insulated pipe bracket on the Duofix frames, Geberit Silent-db20 achieves outstanding levels of soundproofing with its patented high density material (PE-S2), ribbed fittings for improved sound dampening near impact zones, and acoustic brackets that are rubber lined to prevent solid borne noise travelling through the building structure.
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