Cities have become rather noisy that residents are asking “can you soundproof a window” so that they can enjoy a little peace inside their homes. When the noise becomes unbearable, you will wish that you are living in a rural area where the only sounds are the chirping of birds and rustling of leaves. However, a peaceful environment can be created by soundproofing the windows, doors, walls and floors so that outside noise cannot penetrate and cause disturbance.
A 2015 report from the Swiss Federal Council revealed that visual aspect takes precedence when it comes to budget and design. Acoustics is hardly considered. According to the study, noise reduction measures are only undertaken later on when the resident is already complaining about the noise outdoors.
Fabian Neuhaus, an acoustician says that sound dimension is overlooked in urban design. Poor acoustics in public space causes annoyance and dissonance. Outdoor spaces need to be properly tuned in to create pleasant sounds but unfortunately; this is often a rarity in urban projects.
City dwellers who desire a better quality of life are encouraging public authorities to consider acoustic features in urban design. According to Neuhaus, the way that a building is positioned as well as its proportions can minimize the effects of traffic noise. When acoustic design is considered from the beginning of the project, noise is controlled more effectively.
Elements that have to be considered in creating pleasant acoustics include general layout, floor surfaces, facades and decorative elements. For example, a green wall has the potential to absorb high pitched sounds instead of amplifying them. A large uniform façade that is made from glass and steel will be a real torture to the ears. Building design must not only comply with noise control; it should go beyond that to ensure appropriate sounds.
The resident that asks “can you soundproof a window” is more likely disturbed by the sounds of the urban area. While soundproofing the windows is not enough to completely eliminate outdoor noise, it can improve acoustic performance by at least 20 to 25 percent. To achieve a desirable sound level indoors, use laminated glass or a specific acoustic glass on the windows.