Clearview National September 2015 - Issue 166 - Page 77

glass&sealedunits Ready For Take Off It would be reasonable to assume that any operation serving 70 million customers each year and employing over 76,000 people to have the full support of the government for future growth - but when that operation is a noisy airport, the reality isn’t quite so straightforward. »»It’s estimated that 780,000 people live under Heathrow’s flight path, the UK’s busiest port and gateway to 84 countries. Noise pollution is regularly cited as a major factor for those wanting its expansion not to go ahead. The decision to recommend the go-ahead for a new third runway, was given on the proviso that a legally binding ‘noise envelope’ is put in place, with firm limits on the level of noise created by the airport. Secondary glazing leads the way, in no small part thanks to its unique soundproofing and draught prevention capabilities. Industry-leader, Granada Glazing, has helped drive the sector forward with major contracts with national partners. According to the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton, the public have grown less tolerant to noise over the last 25 years. Aircraft noise in particular has been in the spotlight. In fact, it may not be up in the air at all that residents should look. As far as Heathrow’s extension is concerned, the real villain of the piece is likely to be traffic. Busier airports bring more cars, buses, taxis and lorries and as well as aircraft. Unlike with aircraft, reducing external noise is not one of the primary drivers of innovation in the automobile industry. It would seem quite the contrary, the more expensive the car, the louder the noise. www.gsecg.com/noise C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » S EP 2015 » 77