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UNIVERSAL DESIGN Noise Control Sound-reducing appliances and surfaces provide more peaceful atmospheres With today's aging population, there are several facets of society that are being molded to conform to the needs of this rapidly growing demographic. For instance, the popularity of "aging in place" has hit an all-time high. Many seniors are opting to modify their homes to make their living situations more comfortable. However, there is one aspect of aging in place that seems to be increasingly overlooked: the importance of sound-reducing appliances and surfaces throughout the home and the effect they have on the elderly generation. It is no mystery that the greater the age, the greater the odds of having complications with eyesight and hearing. The typical baby boomer would, no doubt, tend to prefer a quieter, more peaceful environment. But wait - would it not be just as easy to assume that everyone would prefer a quieter and more peaceful home environment? Perhaps the needs of one generation cascade into the desires of an entire population. Enter Open Concept At some point in the 1970s or 1980s, there came a grandiose design scheme called open concept, which truly changed the way our homes functioned. Walls were torn down to create great rooms. Hardwood and tile flooring took precedence over carpet. Cloth drapes were replaced by wood blinds. All of these designer trends became wildly popular - and yet not a single consideration was made for the acoustical sacrifice that comes along with these aesthetic changes. This is not to say that any of these trends are wrong; it simply means we've uncovered something. In a recently printed article in the Globe and Mail, which focused on the effects of noise throughout the home, I was left pondering one interesting quote: "When we come home, it's supposed to be our sanctuary. Miele offers several models of super quiet dishwashers for the kitchen. Oversized area rugs can help absorb sound in such spaces as the dining room or a breakfast nook. 20 + K BB October 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - October 2014

KBB - October 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Business Strategy
Tech Savvy
Universal Design
Solutions
Reader’s Choice Awards
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products
Design
Timeless Beauty
Art as Life
Last Word

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