Faay’s sustainable walls and ceilings facilitate a basic necessity of life: wifi

By November 3, 2017News, On homepage

While steel in homes in fact causes panic. 

Building materials need not jam signals.

What happens when there’s no WiFi signal?

We quickly experience feelings of panic. These feelings are caused in part by the phenomenon of “FOMO”: the Fear Of Missing Out. We almost immediately become afraid that we will miss out on important things, simply because we temporarily lack a (stable) connection to the Internet. You will probably recognise this picture, because WiFi has become a basic necessity of life for many people.

Faraday Cage

It is becoming increasingly clear that certain building materials, such as metal, concrete, steel and certain foils used in walls and floors, can seriously degrade the signal of this “basic necessity”. After all, metal and WiFi really don’t get along. Any metal used in construction creates a “cage”, which blocks the signal. This is known as the Faraday Cage effect. The presence of large filing cabinets, radiators and fridges in the vicinity of a router can also almost completely block the WiFi signal.

Concrete, insulating foil and metal stud walls are major causes of signal disruption

Complaints about range and WiFi reception can be seen and heard everywhere, particularly in relation to newly-constructed buildings. This is due to the extensive use of metal in new homes, in the concrete and in insulating foils. If metal stud walls are also installed in the home, then the WiFi signal from the hall cupboard often reaches no further than the adjacent spaces.

And so whenever a building or home contains (too) much metal, for example due to the installation of metal stud walls, there will be many complaints about poor range and WiFi reception.

This is because the use of metal impedes the WiFi signal, causing it to become much weaker. This leads people to install WiFi repeaters throughout their homes, to improve the range of the WiFi signal. Much research has already been carried out into the harmful health effects of this. These include serious consequences such as insomnia and hazardous radiation.

Natural, healthy materials in walls and ceilings

There is another way. The building materials that Faay uses in walls and ceilings, such as partition walls and party walls, consist of natural, sustainable materials such as flax and wood-based materials. These materials have little or no effect on WiFi signals, and thus do not interfere with the use of WiFi. This makes these walls very suitable for new construction, but also for renovation.

That fact that we also provide an answer to a new “basic necessity of life” of residents and users, namely excellent WiFi reception, offers a great deal of perspective.

So don’t hesitate to ask us, without obligation, about the possibilities of our sustainable building materials for walls and ceilings, and offer your clients and users an important benefit.