New acoustic performance ratings

A new, independently verified noise reduction rating scheme has been launched.

BFRC has launched the new noise reduction rating scheme in response to homeowners who demand higher levels of quality assurance for their new windows and doors, the organisation said.

Windows can play a vital part in reducing the level of noise entering the home, particularly for homes close to roads, railways or impacted by air traffic noise.

The independently verified BFRC Noise Reduction Scheme will allow manufacturers to show their customers how their windows and doors compare to the competition. The labels aim to be an easy-to-understand system for homeowners, and in turn show a commitment to customer satisfaction.

New labels have been designed for the scheme, using the BFRC’s recognised label system, giving a recognisable comparison against other products’ acoustic performance. Marketing materials have also been designed and will be made available for customers.

Lis Clarke, BFRC’s operations director, said: “There’s been a huge amount of work involved in getting to this stage and it’s very exciting to see how the industry will take advantage of a new product coming to market.

“It’s important that as a market leader we continue to innovate and provide new solutions to our customers that will help them increase sales. Being able to prove the acoustic performance of their windows and doors as well as proving energy performance with BFRC ratings is a huge boost for them and provides a genuine USP as to why their products should be used over those who make unsubstantiated claims.”