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Welcome to the Quiet Mark (US) Press Office

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10/11/2020

A Quiet Home Has Never Mattered More - WFH with Quiet Mark

Quiet Mark (US)

Quiet Mark seeks to collaborate with a US publication on a feature to raise awareness to the importance of designing the best domestic soundscape for improved work from home focus, healthier living and increased well-being.
Noise in the workplace annoys us – a lot. A recent study found that whether reading or writing – background noise is a productivity killer. It can be a cause of stress in our bodies, which can lead to significant health issues. It can also reduce strategic and creative thinking, making even the simplest of work tasks more difficult. Workers can be up to 66% less productive when exposed to just one nearby conversation.

But noise isn’t a problem which only occurs in our offices. A chorus of background noises in our homes, such as other people’s telephone conversations, hair dryers, television and radio, children playing, pet sounds, festive preparations, kitchen appliances, alongside outdoor sounds, (Pella triple-pane keeping good noises in and bad noises out!), like traffic, garden tools, nearby construction or planes flying overhead can all combine to make our homes as loud, if not louder, than our offices. 



 
Image above shows the Quiet Mark accredited Pella Lifestyle Series Windowsby Pella

With many people choosing to work from home, rather than return to their work offices, a quiet home has never mattered more. Many businesses have publicly stated that they will extend the option to WFH indefinitely. This raises a very important question:

How conducive are our domestic soundscapes to work productivity? 

We'd like to highlight how, following its successful partnering with many of the UK's biggest retailers and becoming a trusted, household-name, consumer champion, Quiet Mark's independent, approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation, is now available in the US.

Quiet Mark enables consumers to source the quietest appliances, knowing that, when they see our distinctive purple Quiet Mark logo on the product packaging, in its advertising, or on ecommerce sites, such as Amazon, the product has been thoroughly tested by our expert team of acousticians and accredited as one of the quietest, and most pleasant sounding, available on the market. 

 

Image above shows the Quiet Mark accredited Interface Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring in TW_Antique Maple (Ashlar) by Interface Flooring

Today, in the UK, quietmark.com lists almost 750 products, across 60 categories, from over 80 household brands, including Dyson, LG, Meile and Philips. In 2019, Quiet Mark launched in the US, and today 12 household name brands, including Pella Windows and Doors, Dyson, SMEG, Magimix, and Interface Flooring are listed on the QuietMark.com US site. 

The feature we hope to create can show how various Quiet Mark accredited items, such as Pella Windows, Interface Flooring, and Dyson Air Purification can combine to create a healthier WFH domestic soundscape. 

The average home can be up to 5X more polluted than the air outside. As our homes become increasingly well sealed, it may seem like we're shutting pollution out. But in truth, we're shutting it in. Whether we're sleeping, cooking, cleaning, or working – we now spend 90% of our time indoors, breathing potentially dirty air.
Image above shows the Quiet Mark accredited Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link by Dyson

Are Our Homes Conducive to a Productive Working Environment? With family and pets at home, noisy neighbours next door, and loud household appliances whirring in the background, how productive can we be at home? Research from the British Journal of Psychology found that background noise kills productivity levels, with studies showing that workers can be up to 66% less productive when exposed to just one nearby conversation

Image above shows the Quiet Mark accredited Logitech M110 Silent Mice by Logitech

Our CMO, Simon Gosling - simongosling@quietmark.com, welcomes communications from any journalist interested in collaborating with Quiet Mark on this feature. We could set up a call to explore this further, provide expert comments from spokespersons at the various Quiet Mark accredited brands, in addition to offering an interview with our CEO/ Founder,  Poppy Szkiler, who has recently provided comment in US publications, NY Times and Forbes

Thank you!

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+44 1273 823850 | www.quietmark.com

About:

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


Our Partnerships


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’s partnership with Good Housekeeping Institute, one of the most trusted and respected names in the UK and US has been responsible for testing and reviewing thousands of products for the benefit of its readers. The rigorous acoustic testing process over the past seven years included category re-evaluation annually to continually raise the bar for acoustic design. To support consumer 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.


Our Heritage


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 help line 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

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