Australians are now living and working closer to each other than ever before. And we are noisier now than we were a generation ago – with most homes now containing at least one television and a range of household appliances. As for our workplaces, the traffic congestion and busy city streets are easily within ear-shot.

Why does all this noise matter?

Noise is unwanted sound, and it can spoil the way you’re able to enjoy your space in complete comfort.

Imagine waking up in the morning to a garbage truck picking up your bins out the front, with sound almost like something was crashing straight through your bedroom window.

Maybe this hasn’t ever happened to you, but you can relate to how disturbing noise can be when it infiltrates the spaces where you live and work.

What kind of role does glass play in noise transferral?

The majority of Australian buildings use ordinary clear 4mm or thinner glass, but ordinary glass provides a particularly easy path for noise transmission.

However, we should note that glass may not be the only problem… Any opening in the roof or walls of a building – such as vents or construction gaps - provide a simple entry point for noise. In the same way, windows and doors which do not seal well will allow noise to pass around their frames.  A thorough assessment of the entire building is advisable to make sure the weakest links are being dealt with first and foremost.

How does Viridian noise performance glass make a difference?

To help make your space the sanctuary it should be, we designed products like VLam Hush™ to help reduce noise entering your space.

VLam Hush™ is single glazed acoustic performance glass that provides a 6Db improvement compared to typical ordinary glass found in home windows. This is like picking your house up and moving it roughly double the distance from the noise source to achieve equivalent reduction in sound.

Looking at this another way, VLam Hush™ offers equivalent noise control to far thicker laminated and non-laminated glass products, meaning you can have thinner and lighter glass that still offers great noise performance.

ComfortHush™ is also great for reducing the noise entering your space. A laminate that uses a specially developed interlayer to dampen noise, ComfortHush™ provides enhanced sound insulation performance. So you can have thinner and lighter glass that still offers great noise performance.

What do I do now?

If you’re starting to like the sound of a glass that could let you enjoy the highest quality of life amidst the hustle and bustle, and you want to start finding the right glass to meet your needs – we’ve got just the thing! Try using our Product Finder tool. Or if that doesn’t help you find what you’re looking for, try our Glass by Application page.