Noise has a lot more to do with our mental and physical health than we think. That's why it is so important to plan ahead for acoustic insulation when constructing a house. With its wooden mass design, Holz100 provides above-and-beyond soundproof ratings. Our double-layered wall constructions offer solutions far exceeding the strict requirements of current acoustic insulation standards.
The impaired quality of life caused by noise is a disturbing factor that affects many. Noise disturbs our well-being, concentration and communication. Common symptoms of continuous noise include limited performance and higher incidence of disease:
"Excessive noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily activities at school, at work, at home and during leisure time. It can disturb sleep, cause cardiovascular and psychophysiological effects, reduce performance and provoke annoyance responses and changes in social behaviour." - WHO
In the case of a new building, a considerable protection against noise loading can be achieved without additional effort in the planning phase. Soundproofing windows are only a part of it - the highest degree of protection is achieved when choosing the right building system. Prefabricated buildings in lightweight construction offer low noise protection while brick or concrete walls in some cases act as "sound bridges" (health-damaging). The best solution is solid wood, provided it is processed correctly by quality construction techniques and engineering. Solid wood brings any home peace and comfort.
"A happy life consists in tranquility of mind."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
For a long time, people thought that a wood house, though comfortable and romantic, was just not very soundproof. However, Holz100 homes consist of 100% wooden elements which have excellent sound attenuation.
An architect challenged us with the following task: Can you build a hotel with Holz100 that would have the best soundproofed rooms?
And we built the 'quietest wood hotel in the world' with our Holz100 building system for the Auer Family in the Tyrolean 'Oetztal'. Every room of this hotel has an acoustic rating twice as good as the building norms and regulations for hotels prescribe. Please note, the building standards for hotels are very strict and some hotels cannot even comply.
To those who still question and have concerns about the Holz100 ratings, we suggest and recommend you to spend a weekend of wellness and rest in 'Hotel Waldklause' in the Austrian 'Oetztal'. This saves long discussions and so far has convinced everyone who doubted the superiority of wood.
Cell phones of the first generation often didn't work in Holz100 buildings. Meanwhile, the small percentage of rest radiation which enters through the window frames is enough for it to work.
Residents of a Holz100 home still have the advantage of having its radiation density drastically lower inside the building compared to outdoors. Laboratory tests showed that Holz100 elements blocked up to 99% radiation, depending on frequency.
Today, there are numerous Holz100 commercial buildings including hotels, spas, offices, children's day-care centers, and nursing homes without noise pollution.