Welcome to the Quiet Mark (UK) Press Office
Welcome to the Quiet Mark (UK) Press Office
What is Quiet Mark?
Quiet Mark is the international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation (est. 1959). Conducting expert acoustic testing and verification of products Quiet Mark has over the past 9 years driven change in manufacturing worldwide to prioritise noise reduction within the design of everyday machines, appliances, technologies and house build materials, creating the first one-stop platform for third-party approved noise reduction solutions for every living space to health and well-being.
Through specialist acoustic measurement and product assessment, Quiet Mark identifies the quietest products in over 70 product categories giving consumers and trade buyers a more informed choice about the sound levels of the products they buy. The Quiet Mark scheme drives designers and manufacturers to reduce sound levels of their products enabling households and workplaces to rebalance the soundscape reducing stressful unwanted noise.
Why Quiet Mark?
"I couldn't hear my baby crying over the noise of the hairdryer"
The damaging effect of excessive noise on health, productivity and social cohesion is seriously underestimated. World Health Organisation research shows that environmental noise pollution affects mental and physical health and is now second only to air pollution as the world’s largest killer pollutant. Across an estimated population of 340 million people, at least 1 million years of healthy living are lost each year due to noise pollution in Western Europe.
In our fast-paced lives, vibrancy is exciting and necessary. But this heightened state can only be valued if there is also the opportunity to choose the alternatives of calm, quiet and the chance to switch off. Quiet Mark was established to provide a credible, independent scheme that would help consumers easily identify quieter products for the home, at work and for public spaces.
Acoustics Academy for the Building Sector
In February 2020, in a move to further expand its service to tackle noise-related problems in building design Quiet Mark launched its Acoustics Academy to include third-party verification of specialist acoustic materials for the building sector including - walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows etc.
This brand-new online platform further equips and empowers architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area. For more details - www.acousticsacademy.com
Quiet Mark has established a unique alliance of partnerships with leading retailers who are helping shoppers to find the quietest appliance technology available on the market including John Lewis & Partners, Argos Sainsburys, Currys Dixons, ASDA, Lakeland and British Independent Retailers Association.
Quiet Mark is working in partnership with the US Good Housekeeping Institute, one of the most trusted and respected names in America, acoustically testing and reviewing products for the benefit of its readers and raising the bar for quality acoustic design to support consumers health.
By highlighting the distinctive purple Quiet Mark as a trusted symbol, our retail partners are enabling consumers to make a more informed choice about quieter high-performance products they share their homes with. This is a powerful example of collective customer care to combat stress-related noise; an important health and environmental issue.
The Quiet Mark Podcast
In April ‘20, Quiet Mark launched The Quiet Mark Podcast to explore the human relationship with sound, and:
- Highlight the health and well-being benefits of improved acoustics in the built environment, both in and outdoors.
- Establish Quiet Mark’s Acoustics Academy online platform as a key tool for Architects, Acousticians and The Building Sector, seeking expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area.
- Raise awareness to the health risks of noise pollution, the 2nd biggest killing natural pollutant after air pollution, according to WHO
- Explore solutions to unwanted noise through Quiet Mark certified appliances and building materials; helping to improve domestic WFH soundscapes and increase productivity.
- Learn lessons from the quietening of the planet during lockdown, to how calmer soundscapes can foster healthier cities.
Listen to The Quiet Mark Podcast HERE: https://www.quietmark.com/events/the-quiet-mark-podcast
The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) was founded in 1959 by the entrepreneurial businessman John Connell OBE who believed that being exposed to excessive noise profoundly affected health, children's learning, productivity, and general quality of life – he called noise ‘the forgotten pollutant’.
John almost single-handedly lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament, when in 1960, noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. His practical problem-solving included introducing rubber dustbin lids and plastic milk crates to reduce urban disturbance, stopping night flights, and in the early 70’s he commissioned detailed planning for a revolutionary Thames Estuary Airport directing flight paths out to sea.
Today the internationally respected NAS seeks to accelerate change to protect future generations from a worsening aural environment by disseminating new methods of sound management, running an awareness programme for schools, incentivising industry to design low-noise technology and providing the only national helpline dedicated solely to the problems of noise. NAS cannot change the human condition, but it can offer practical ways to support those who wish to exercise choice in an otherwise noisy world.
For more details - www.quietmark.com
Quietly Keeping it Cool - 8 Quiet Mark Certified Refrigeration Appliances
With temperatures rising over the summer, now is the time to enjoy picnics in the park, a cool glass of whatever takes your fancy and BBQs in the garden. Whatever you might be up to this summer, this is a prime time for keeping food cool and fresh. And with many people slowly returning to the office, once again being subject to a stressful commute and the hustle and bustle of city life, there is nothing better than returning home to refrigeration filled with the things you like - without the rattle or annoying buzzing sound that we've come to know as "fridge noise".
Quiet Mark's expert team of acousticians have assessed decibel levels for hundreds of fridges, freezers and fridge freezers ranging in decibel levels from as high as 50dB to as low as 34dB, with only those at the very lowest end of the scale for their category receiving the Quiet Mark. Exclusively, only 25% of the refrigeration models on the market are eligible for the Quiet Mark certification and whilst 16dB variance may not sound like a big difference, you'd be surprised. Due to the way decibels are calculated with a logarithmic scale, if you decided to buy a 50dB appliance over the quieter 34dB version, this would sound 3½ times louder!
This piece highlights 8 Quiet Mark certified fridges and fridge freezers to suit a wide range of kitchen sizes and budgets.
Liebherr IRBd 5150 Prime BioFresh Integrated Fridge
RedDot Award winner 2021 (Best of the Best) - This Liebherr IRBD5150 fully integrated larder fridge is perfect for storing all of your favourite fruit and veg for any occasion, whether that’s a cosy family dinner or a large summer party with friends. Thanks to its 296 litre capacity, you’ll have plenty of space to store your favourite meat, fish, fruit and veg. With BioFresh technology, your food will stay fresher for longer, minimising the amount that you’re throwing away. And the intuitive Touch & Swipe display will mean that you can alter the settings on your fridge with absolute ease.
…find other Quiet Mark certified fridge models at QuietMark.com
Samsung RS8000 Fridge Freezer with SpaceMax™ Technology - RS68N8230SL/EU
Big on the inside, stunning on the outside, it's easy to see why these American Style side-by-side Fridge Freezers have become so desirable this side of the pond. Better still, they're stacked with features like ice makers, water dispensers, individually cooled zones and frost-free technology.
Miele KFN 29233 D bb Blackboard Edition XL Fridge Freezer
XL freestanding fridge freezer in exclusive Blackboard edition with DailyFresh and Frost free. DailyFresh large capacity drawer with adjustable moisture for the highest level of economy with perfect freshness. The DynaCool function ensures an even temperature throughout the entire cooling cabinet. It no longer matters on which level your food is stored because conditions are the same throughout. The NoFrost system distributes cold, dry air evenly so that ice cannot form in the interior cabinet, ice deposits do not form on your frozen food and drawers can always be opened and closed easily. NoFrost offers maximum convenience for freezing food and saves you the hassle of defrosting – forever.
Fisher & Paykel RF605QDUVX1 Quad Door Fridge Freezer
Featuring three separate compartments, including an independent Variable Temperature Zone, for unbelievably flexible storage. ActiveSmart™ Foodcare technology understands how you use your refrigerator and adjusts temperature, airflow and humidity inside to help keep food fresher for longer. Perfectly flat doors for a less intrusive fit in the kitchen, spill-proof glass shelving and beautiful lighting for great visibility inside. The slimline water dispenser easily fills any size jug or vessel with cool, filtered water and fresh ice is always available in a dedicated freezer bin.
Situated conveniently, the easy one-touch control panel for the refrigerator, freezer and Variable Temperature Zone compartments allows you to view and modify the features and options to suit any occasion. Flexible storage and access with large compartments, adjustable internal storage and shelving designed for your constantly changing needs. Fisher & Paykel refrigerators are designed and built using quality materials, using real stainless steel and solid glass for the interior shelving.
LG DoorCooling™ GBB92MCBAP Fridge Freezer
With LG’s GBB92MCBAP DoorCooling+™ fridge freezer in your kitchen, you can enjoy a far more refined culinary experience, one where food stays fresh for longer and even tastes better, all thanks to LG’s efficient NatureFresh™ technology.
NatureFresh™ technology keeps your food fresh for longer, and better tasting
Store more of what you love with a folding shelf and dedicated wine rack
Prolong the storage life of fruit and veg with LG's FreshBalancer™ and adjust for your needs with FreshConverter™
LG’s Centum System boasts the latest innovations in refrigerator technology offering a 20 year warranty on the compressor
Enjoy the market’s leading eco-friendly design with efficiency to help you save every day
Hotpoint HQ9 B1L 1 Day1 Active 4-Door Fridge Freezer
This Hotpoint HQ9 B1L 1 Side-by-Side American Fridge Freezer features a NoFrost technology, that effectively prevents ice build-up in your Freezer by reducing humidity levels, as well as offering innovative technologies for long lasting freshness. At a low noise level, this fridge-freezer goes unnoticed working quietly in the background. The new Hotpoint Active 4-door Fridge-Freezer offers a large 591 litre capacity with flexible solutions for all your storage needs. At 70cm depth, this fridge-freezer sits perfectly flush alongside your worktop for a seamless look.
…find other Quiet Mark certified fridge-freezer models at QuietMark.com
Lec R5517W Under Counter Refrigerator
55cm under counter refrigerator with ice box. 107L fridge and 16L freezer gross capacity. Features a manual thermostat, reversible doors, low noise output and an A+ energy rating.
Bush M5585UCFR Under Counter Freezer
Need extra freezer space? looking for something that's not too big but not too small? This Bush 55cm under-counter freezer is just the right size for you. With 86 litres of freezer space you'll be able to stock up and enjoy all your favourite frozen goodies. Awarded an impressive A+ in energy consumption, a little truly does go a long way with this one!
The adjustable leg and reversible door allows you to find the perfect fit to suit your kitchen.
Avoid over-frosting with the mechanical temperature control feature, you're in charge.
…find other Quiet Mark certified freezer models at QuietMark.com
LONDON QUIET PARK TO BE DEDICATED JULY 18, 2021
Quiet Parks International will award Urban Quiet Park status to Hampstead Heath in London on July 18th, World Listening Day.
Hampstead Heath Urban Quiet Park will become the first Urban Quiet Park in Europe. Field recordist, Nicholas Allan, prepared the report for QPI, describing Hampstead Heath as “wild” and “natural” with “plenty of opportunities to find refuge from city noise.”
The Hampstead Heath Management Committee will receive this award for protecting Hampstead Heath’s quiet over many decades. This award aligns with this year’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act 1871, which marked the beginning of open spaces preservation.
Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Hampstead Heath Management Committee, Anne Fairweather, said: “We are delighted the Heath has been recognised as Europe’s first urban quiet park. It is a truly treasured, iconic green space, where visitors can take time out to relax. The Heath has played a leading role in the physical and mental health of Londoners by providing a lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic. As the capital reopens, it is proving a popular and much-loved destination and wildlife haven.”
The Noise Abatement Society, which works closely with UK government, local governments, industry, academic institutions and the public will share this award. Simon Gosling, CMO and Host of The Quiet Mark Podcast will receive the award on behalf of Gloria Elliott OBE, CEO of Noise Abatement Society - Gloria Elliott OBE, CEO of Noise Abatement Society, (Co Founder & Chair of Quiet Mark), “The only UK national charitable foundation whose sole focus is to help stop excessive and unnecessary noise to protect the public and improve the aural environment.” The NAS was established in 1959. Poppy Szkiler, CEO and Co Founder of Quiet Mark, shares the award.
More Urban Quiet Parks are planned for Judarskogen, Hansta, Älvsjöskogen, Kyrkhamn och Sätraskogen parks in Stockholm, Sweden, this September. This will be closely followed by Dender-Marke Quiet Area in Flanders, Belgium, New York Central Park’s The Rambles and Houston’s Armand Bayou Nature Preserve before the end of 2021. Yangmingshan Urban Quiet Park, Taiwan, became the world’s first Urban Quiet Park in June 2020.
Quiet Parks International, a non-profit organisation based in Los Angeles, is on a mission to save quiet for the benefit of all life by establishing Urban Quiet Parks, Wilderness Quiet Parks, Quiet Trails, Quiet Marine Parks and more, worldwide. Quiet is essential not only for human health and welfare but also for wildlife who require a clean acoustic environment to communicate and complete their life-cycle.
Noise Abatement Society, Simon Gosling: email@example.com
QPI field recordist, Nicholas Allan, tests quiet at Hampstead Health (Photo credit: Quiet Parks International)
Quiet Parks International, 149 S Barrington Ave. #375, Los Angeles CA 90049 USA