Hotel investors benefit from dampening decibels
The quality of breakfast, the staff, maintenance and comfort. These are all subjects which hotel guests like to complain about. But at the undisputed top of the list of complaints is, an has for many years been, noise. Through the advent of consumer websites like Zoover and Tripadvisor and social media, hotel operators can be faced with bad publicity.
As a result, investors could lose a lot of money when the occupancy rates of hotels fall. This is what Lucas Keizer, director of the Knowledge Centre Sound Insulation (KGI) tells us.
According to Keizer, the number of stars of a hotel are no guarantee for a good night’s rest. “The number of stars tells you nothing about how quiet the rooms are.” The KGI director tells us that noise pollution prevention is still largely overlooked by builders and project developers. “Developers can’t wait to tell the world how energy saving their modern building projects and renovations are. But they do very little about sound proofing or they use cheap materials which are badly fitted.” Keizer finds it odd that the government subsidises heat insulation but not sound insulation, while sound insulation helps to reduce noise as well as preserve heat.
Major source of illness
“Noise pollution, from scraping chairs, loud television, footsteps in the corridor but also the maddening drone of ventilation systems or elevators, is one of the biggest sources of illness in this country,” says Lucas Keizer.
KGI is busy establishing a certificate for hotels: the Quiet Room label. “We are testing 36 hotels and 3 hotel chains. According to the level of sound insulation, rooms will be classified into category I, II or III of the Quiet Room® Concept. This gives the hotel the right to carry the Quiet Room label and use it in their marketing and promotion. Hotels from Switzerland, France and Germany have already shown interest.