How can we soundproof our commercial office?

The acoustic impact is one of the aspects we need to take into consideration when we want to rent our business premises or if we are looking a commercial office to set our professional activity. Each autonomous community and especially every city council has their own regulation when talking about acoustic matters and that sets the maximum levels of noise -decibels- allowed in each commercial office, depending on location and time zone, for example. As a general aspect, the local regulation divide cities in three different areas according to the allowed decibels: sanitary area, residential or industrial.

Therefore, on one hand we have the ordinance and on the other hand we will need a study made by a specialized company and that will draw a prediction of the noise that will be generated, which is known as the acoustic impact. This report will detect the soundproof level needed from the finishings of the place and will locate the leakage points of the noise.

Thanks to the report of acoustic impact, we will discover if it is really necessary or not to take action to soundproof the space. And pay attention to this because in a lot of communities and municipalities it is required a certification which proves the commercial office meets all the acoustic criteria asked in the regulations before giving the activity licence, with the corresponding fine if you don’t have that document. It is necessary to put aside part of the budget for this, both to ask for the report and to do possible actions. In the market, there are different options to soundproof a business premises. The type of construction or the orientation, if, for example, will have concerts or other performances or if it is close to a hospital, are factors that will help us to decide one or another option. The most common actions to be taken in these situations are related to walls and roof, walls, windows or other elements such as floors, stairs, pillars and downspout. The materials used to soundproof the place are also assorted, for example polyurethane foam, cellulose or rock wool. Other useful solutions are the ceilings, accompanied with acoustic absorption plaques.

If we own the commercial office, we need to have in mind that if we soundproof it will be revaluated and will increase its appraisal regarding other business premises in the same area that aren’t soundproof. In addition, we will be able to rent it faster than if we haven’t taken action soundproofing it.