BECSA to develop a new R&D project to reduce noise levels in cities

This new research project, co-financed with European funds, will focus on the study of newly developed lightweight materials for the reduction of noise pollution in large cities.

The F2URBAN project will require two years in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Valencia’s Physical Technologies Center’s (PTC) and Isoltec, a company from Castellon specializing in acoustics. The PTC will assess the response in laboratory of the solutions designed and Isoltec will advise on the design. The study also includes the construction of two pilot scale tests, to be held in the city of Castellon, and that will contrast the theoretical results with actual behavior. The first pilots will focus on the service sector and the second on construction activities as sources of noise pollution.

The technology to be developed relies on the application of the concept of light multilayer façades to flexible elements like fabrics and membranes. This project aims to improve the conditions of our urban sound environments, and to reduce ambient noise by up to 12 decibels. We are confident of attaining this ambitious goal together with another project that BECSA is also involved with which focuses on the development of sound reducing urban pavements made from construction and demolition waste.

The F2URBAN project has received the support of the Ministry of Economy’s CDTI (Center for the Development of Industrial Technology) and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, 27.7% of the inhabitants of large Spanish cities must tolerate noise levels exceeding the limits set by the WHO as acceptable. This same organization also blames global environmental factors for the death of one in five Europeans and after air pollution, excessive noise is the second most harmful cause. That is why Public Administrations increasingly support initiatives such as F2URBAN.

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