ROCKWOOL provides acoustic support for dementia-friendly home

09 October 2018

ROCKWOOL, the world’s largest producer of non-combustible stone wool insulation, has teamed up with the BRE and Loughborough University to open a dementia-friendly demonstration home that promotes independent living for dementia sufferers across the country.

BRE Dementia Project

Aiming to provide housebuilders, carers and relatives with new information on how to support those living with dementia, the property – which is based at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford – is designed to demonstrate what’s needed to enable dementia suffers to remain in their own specially adapted homes for longer, dramatically improving their quality of life and reducing expensive care home costs for families. The home will also be used to assist Loughborough University’s research on dementia.

The 100sqm Victorian house was adapted by HLP Architects and includes features to greatly benefit the everyday home life of sufferers including: colour coded paths for guidance throughout the property; increased natural lighting; automatically controlled ventilation; simple switches and controls; and noise reduction features. 

“Noise can trigger the symptoms of dementia, so building acoustic measures into the fabric of a home makes a real difference for suffers and their carers. This project demonstrates how buildings can be adapted to manage internal and external noise and create a more peaceful environment” comments Ólöf Jónsdóttir, Head of Public Affairs at ROCKWOOL UK. “Addressing day-to-day needs such as noise mitigation provides dementia suffers with the option to stay in the familiar and comforting surroundings of their own home for as long as possible.” 

The noise reduction was achieved by ROCKWOOL FLEXI® insulation, which was installed on the building walls, the sloping roof and at rafter level, above and between the joists, within the internal stud walls and between the floors for maximum results. These measures will help manage the acoustics within the property to reduce the stress and sleep deprivation associated with unwanted noise.  

“ROCKWOOL FLEXI works in two distinct ways to reduce noise; by impeding the

transmission of sound through the structure, and through the absorption of sound at

the surface” comments Tim Vincent, Head of Technical at ROCKWOOL UK. “It can also help reduce energy consumption and lowering the cost of heating your home.”

The multi-use, dual purpose thermal and acoustic insulation has a unique flexible edge along one side. This patented flexible edge ensures a perfect fit is maintained between the product and its supporting framework, for easy installation and optimum effectiveness.

BRE Group, Dementia House
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Dementia-Friendly Demonstration Home

BRE Innovation Park

BRE Dementia House

Bucknalls Ln
Bricket Wood
WD25 9JQ

The ‘FLEXI’ edge allows for an accurate fit to all widths, even when the timber expands and contracts. Our non-combustible, Euroclass A1 rated product is easy to handle and install and can be used in a number of areas including pitched roof rafters, framed walls, internal partitions and intermediate floors, separating walls and floors and timber suspended ground floors.

Tim Vincent

Head of Technical Solutions
BRE Dementia Project
To be approached on this project to specifically tackle dementia, has been very valuable for us to both highlight the issue of noise but look forward to the solutions.
BRE Dementia Project
BRE Dementia Project
BRE Dementia Project
BRE Dementia Project