10 Consequences Of Better Sound Insulation

I tend to overestimate these before I write them out. For this one let’s say the sound insulation is cheap included by default in most construction, and I’ll add some sci-fi in a Vibration-Absorbers in the window frames which obstruct sound from passing through when the windows are closed. The extra sound insulation in windows isn’t necessary but its an example of a potentially cheaper method of soundproofing windows.
Most of this takes time because anything to do with construction will take time to have any visual effect.

  1. Sound Will Echo More Indoors – at least till you put in the furniture. Many sound-isolating materials do so by not absorbing the sound as the sound will bounce a lot. Furniture typically absorbs a lot of the sound (ever stand in an empty house?), but there may still be some echos maybe. I don’t know that much about how sound works, so I’m not sure about how much of a problem this will be, but I’ll continue on this line anyways. (correct me if I’m wrong)
  2. Increased Sales Of Sound Absorbing Panels – Well, more echos, even if they’re subtle would cause this. People who record themselves and don’t hear problems now would hear them later. But, if even 1% of new homeowners bought sound-absorbing panels, then the sales would more than double; there would also be many more aesthetically pleasing ones, and sound-absorbing paint would also see an uptick in sales. (Maybe enough to make up for the fall in sales for other reasons.)
  3. Loud Towns – In newer towns, settlements, and cities, there will be a serious debate on whether sound complaints are valid when you can simply close your windows and not have it be an issue. I see the places that decide that the complaints aren’t valid will probably be called something like Loud Towns and in Loud Towns will be places people go to party or for outdoor music concerts. Places that are less open about the parties won’t be considered Loud Towns, but still, there will be enough places that fall under the category.
  4. Higher Class Neighborhoods Moving – Big cites are noisy; at this point in history, small cities are noisy; heck, through all history, cities were loud but today more so than ever. The places in cities considered high class are considered as such because they are the neighborhoods with the highest concentration of wealth. (Not exactly true, but I currently lack a deeper understanding of why people live where they do; so this is my rule of thumb.) Is it a stretch to assume the rich will buy houses or build houses where sound isn’t an issue? Maybe some of the early neighborhoods will be bought out, or maybe those becoming wealthy off of new business will remain in that area, and a cultural or wealth group will grow around them. Wealth attracts wealth and all that. (get into high-class circles, invite some friends over for a party have them amazed at the lack of sound, buy out new neighborhoods and sell them classy houses.)
  5. New Money VS Old Money – History repeats, what else? Neighborhoods built up around individual businesses can be one thing, but that’s assuming my previous entry comes to fruition as I described it. Another manner can simply be a difference in taste; people born in old money will better appreciate the style of their old homes. In contrast, new money will better understand the more modern styles and but especially the quiet that goes along with them. This could be more of a neighborhood thing with it being more of an old city people vs. new city people, but I do expect a particular split. Of course, that won’t just apply to the rich…
  6. Fewer People Will Develop Sound Tolerance – They won’t have too. I also expect a cultural split (well not exactly maybe a type of snobbishness) between true city folk who live in the center of the city with the older building and those who would rather sleep in quiet. Eventually, in like a hundred years or so, all but the fanciest houses will be torn down and rebuilt, but that would probably happen anyway.
  7. More Air Conditioning – Fewer open windows in the summer. This will be significant, but I’m not sure who cares. Unless we find a way to filter out sound when windows are open.
  8. More Privately Owned Helicopters – rich people live everywhere in if they live in a Loud Town or a new city they’ll be fewer complaints. Increased demand and interest in the technology may decrease costs significantly, but that depends on how much power and fuel we produce fifty years from now.
  9. Many “Cities Of The Future” Will Pop Up – What if the subways didn’t produce any sounds, what if we could have silent travel pipes. Let’s build a city around this, said many visionaries through history yet artificial cities or green zones or anything rarely amounts to anything and not once through history has one full succeeded as it was intended. (I’m too tired to finish this, well I’ll at least complete the post.)
  10. Silent Railways – Or pipe railways, this can be great for animal farming because the sound can have very detrimental effects on animals such as chickens. This will be huge in third world countries, where they can build long-distance land transportation such as railroads without affecting the farmers, and may also apply to travel pipes if we ever get there. But again, this is dependent on how fuel and power are produced and priced.

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