Thursday 9th February, 2017
City centres aren’t known for their peaceful ambience. They are loud, bustling places with noisy people, honking traffic and lots of general hullaballoo!
Unfortunately, none of that city centre hubbub is particularly conducive to a calm and productive office environment. So what can you do to reduce that outside noise and ensure your workplace remains an oasis of calm in the city?
More and more workplaces are now looking to the benefits of installing laminated glass windows to cut down noise levels in offices.
The easiest way for noise to gain entry to a building is through the windows. Good quality standard double glazing will go some way to address the problem, but for maximum sound reduction, the best option to go for is laminated glass.
Acoustic laminated glass is manufactured with a special transparent plastic interlayer. This interlayer acts as a dampening core between the outer panes of glass, preventing sound frequencies passing through from one pane to the next. Essentially, the laminate layer acts as a barrier, absorbing and weakening the sound energy.
As well as a reduction in noise pollution, laminated glass has a number of additional benefits.
Laminated glass provides protection in the case of accidental breakage, as broken shards will remain in place as they are firmly bonded to the laminate layer. Not only does this make the glass safer by minimising the risk of injury, but it also aids security. A burglar would have a very hard time trying to break all the way through the first pane of glass, the interlayer and the second pane of glass!
Laminated glass can also be manufactured to provide solar energy control and UV control. Adding a tinted laminate interlayer can act to reduce heat and glare from sunlight, while UV-absorbing additives can be used to screen out almost all damaging UV radiation.
As a safety glass, toughened glass is often specified over laminated, as it can be more affordable. But laminated glass has several advantages over toughened glass.
Primarily, toughened glass, while stronger than laminated glass, will shatter in its entirely when broken. This could result in security issues, as it makes it very easy for a burglar to gain entry once the pane is broken.
The nature of toughened glass also means it isn’t possible to cut, drill or rework in any way once tempered – so laminated glass can be more convenient to work with in this manner.