IGUs can dramatically reduce unwanted noise from traffic, aircraft, or the general background sounds from any suburban neighbourhood or busy CBD.
The acoustic performance of IGUs can be enhanced with a special ‘acoustic glass’, which is designed to dampen sound waves and augment the intrinsic soundproofing qualities of double glazing. Acoustic glass typically comprises a laminated panel, i.e. two sheets of glass fused together with a synthetic interlayer. This performance interlayer helps mitigate the transfer of sound waves, acting as a noise buffer to the outside world. Not only can acoustic glass raise the amenity of a commercial building or home, but it can also increase safety levels – laminated glass is a type of ‘Safety Glass’, designed to retain its form rather than fragment into shards in the event of breakage. So, acoustic glass can add harmony as well as safety to a structure.
Acoustically rated IGUs, of course, can work both ways, minimising the impact of sounds produced by factories, warehouses, studios, hospitality outlets and bars, or music venues, etc.
At AIG, we can configure acoustic glass for multifunctional benefits. For example, acoustic glass can be selected to maximise light ingress without unwanted heat gain, or to incorporate a specific decorative element or corporate livery.
Acoustic glass in IGUs can transform an excessively noisy structure into a private sanctuary.