REDUCING NOISE INSTEAD OF CUTTING IT OFF
Living in the city means being right in the middle of urban life – which generally includes a high level of noise. In excess, however, this noise is detrimental not only to well-being but also, in the long term, to health. According to the TA-Lärm guidelines on protection against noise, a pleasant indoor sound pressure level is considered to be 35 dB(A) during the day and 25 dB(A) at night. In this context, reducing outdoor noise by just 10 dB is perceived as a welcome halving of the noise level. However, if the noises from outdoors are blocked out completely, most people have an unpleasant feeling of being cut off. At the same time, they perceive irritating noises from inside the building even more intensely.