Your home is supposed to be a retreat from the world, a haven of peace and calm. So nothing zaps your zen faster than the sound of a neighbour’s yapping dog or your teenager blaring music, videogames or YouTube videos in the next room.
Noise is a part of life, especially in a busy family home, but there are ways to prevent it edging towards irritating. In fact, the Australian Building Codes Board provides guidelines for sounds transmission and insulation in buildings, says architect Rebecca Naughtin. “Satisfactory and maximum decibel (dB) levels for rooms such as bedrooms, recreation areas and work areas range from 30dB to 35dB – an example of 30dB is a quiet conversation,” she says.
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