Despite an attempt by Restaurant and Catering Australia in 2011 to have that limit raised to 100 dB (the level of your favourite song playing at full blast through your headphones) being unsuccessful, little seems to have changed in terms of restaurateurs’ appetites for noise reduction.
Excessive noise is readily treatable. Obviously it should be considered within the design and fitout phase of any new space as much as possible, allowing acoustic treatment to be holistically integrated within the overall design and aesthetic of the space. However for restaurants with existing noise issues, or for restaurateurs who have taken over an established space, retrofitting acoustic treatment solutions is simple and cost effective.
Autex Acoustics® modern acoustic solutions exist in a range of forms—from common wall and ceiling panels to fins, baffles and dividers. They can blend into the background or become statement pieces in and of themselves, depending on the designer’s desire—with the option to print photorealistic textures such as brick, marble, or wood. As they are made from polyester fibre, and contain at least 45% recycled PET plastics, they’re lightweight, easy to install, and sustainable. They do not emit Volatile Organic Compounds—carbon-based gases that can aggravate respiratory conditions, and cause other health issues. But most importantly, when installed by experts, they reduce excessive noise in restaurants without compromising on the desired sound-based ambience of the space.
By opting for greater levels of acoustic control, designers, specifiers, and restaurateurs alike can protect the health and wellbeing of their patrons and staff, and create pleasurable auditory experiences that complement, rather than distract from, their delicious food.