Noise: The New Pollution Affecting Our Homes

Multi residential and higher density living is becoming more prevalent in the Australian building landscape, with pressure to build residential properties closer to boundaries and achieve greater utilisation of land.

As urban population densities increase, supported by government policy to contain growth within existing major urban boundaries, there is increasing exposure to noise. Equally, homeowners expect their homes to provide tranquility, placing a significant challenge on builders and developers to offer solutions for Australia’s newest communities.

Viridian’s, Australia’s leading glass manufacturer, General Manager of Marketing, Lachlan Austin gave us some insights on reducing unwanted noise from entering homes, whilst providing improved energy efficiency.

“Builders and developers are looking for new solutions: glass that does more than just keep the rain out. Increasingly consumers are demanding homes that are quieter, safer, more comfortable to live in and cheaper to run, choosing the right glass can do that”

“We are using technology to address and manage the noise issues that many homeowners are now facing in medium to high density urban dwellings, while at the same time, achieving high energy ratings and improved insulation. Importantly we are doing all this without sacrificing views and access to natural light – these things are fundamental and can’t be traded away,” Lachlan added.

Tim Trewin, Secretary of the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants explains that the problem of noise pollution in urban areas means glazing selection is playing an increasingly important role in the building process.

“As our cities and urban areas grow, so does the need to take acoustics seriously. In dense areas this means high performance building facades. Glazing selection, for one, has a large effect on the internal acoustic comfort of a home,” explains Tim.

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