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General Description: 

AMBICO’s Acoustic Steel Window and Frame Assemblies offer an outstanding solution for reducing sound transmission in environments where precise sound control is needed. Today, sound control applications are becoming increasingly popular in the entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing, government, military, and education industries. 

AMBICO’s acoustic steel glass fixed windows are engineered to meet the unique requirements of building projects in demanding environments, offering exceptional sound transmission loss while maintaining the appearance of standard metal commercial window products. 

Product Details:

  • Acoustic Performance: Acoustic Steel Windows and Frames are available in STC 30 to STC 59. STC (sound Transmission Class) is the rating system used to measure the performance of an acoustic product. A higher STC rating indicates a greater reduction in noise transmission.
  • Custom Glazing: Acoustic steel glass fixed windows can be manufactured as part of a custom glaze system for seamless integration with the external or internal layout of the building. This offers property owners the flexibility to customize options according to their specific needs. Our windows have been thoughtfully designed to accept readily available glazing provided as an integral portion of a fully complete window unit.
  • Tints, Films, and Blinds: The unique materials used in these types of windows are meant to improve interior acoustics. Depending on where they are installed and what customers are looking for, AMBICO can provide various tints, one-way film, or custom-operable blinds to provide privacy while allowing users to focus on their tasks and responsibilities, thereby enhancing overall productivity.
  • Compliance and Certification: All AMBICO Acoustic product assemblies comply with the latest ASTM-90 and E-413 standards. 
  • ASTM-90 is the standard test method for laboratory measurement of airborne sound transmission loss in building partitions, including doors, windows, walls, and other elements used to divide spaces.
  • E-413 is a standard classification method used to calculate single-number acoustical ratings for laboratory and field measurements of sound attenuation obtained in one-third octave bands.
  • Fire-Rated: All Acoustic fire-labeled products are tested in accordance with NFPA-80 and UL-10C and certified by Underwriters Laboratories and Warnock Hersey International. 

Use Cases and Applications:

AMBICO acoustic assemblies are ideally suited for noise reduction and speech privacy applications. With a wide range of Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings available, our acoustic product line offers a suitable solution for various applications.

  • Music and Entertainment Applications: Environments focused on music or audio experiences, including recording studios, concert venues, theaters, and broadcasting studios, demand exceptional sound attenuation to preserve sound quality and minimize sound transmission from adjacent rooms and corridors. Acoustic Steel Windows and Frames are designed to assist in achieving the desired sound quality while effectively preventing unwanted external noise disruptions.
  • Academic Setting: Classrooms, libraries, music rooms, and gymnasiums in schools, universities, and colleges all require effective noise control measures to prevent sound disruptions that can impact student stress levels, knowledge absorption, and physical well-being. Acoustic Steel Windows and Frames are specifically designed to mitigate these negative effects by isolating classrooms and creating a conducive learning environment for students and academic staff.
  • Healthcare Facilities: Hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers highly prioritize privacy and confidentiality. Our Acoustic Steel Windows and Frames provide an optimal solution for enhanced privacy. They enable secure and confidential conversations between patients and healthcare providers, as well as facilitate a secure environment for critical healthcare training.
  • Manufacturing & testing facilities: noise control can greatly impact employee safety, performance, and success in industrial factories and testing facilities. Acoustic Steel Windows and Frames create sound-controlled work environments promoting concentration and productivity. 
  • Government and Military Organizations: Governments and military entities are among the largest users of acoustic doors. From training facilities and interrogation rooms to conference halls, command centers, and military bases, effective sound control is crucial in these organizations. Our Acoustic Steel Windows and Frames provide the high level of speech privacy and sound control required in these information-sensitive environments.

Choose AMBICO Acoustic Steel Windows and Frames for enhanced speech privacy and sound reduction, suitable for all industry needs. Our products are backed by rigorous testing and compliance with up-to-date standards. Contact us today for further information and personalized assistance.

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STC stands for “sound transmission class”. It represents a method of measuring sound transmission loss through a barrier i.e. a door or a wall. The higher the STC rating the better the sound deadening property of the window assembly. AMBICO provides window assemblies from STC 33 to STC 57. Let us help you select an acoustic product that will meet your project requirements.

Yes, acoustic windows are available in a wide range of configurations, ranging from four-sided fixed windows to multi-bank window units, to side lite and transom lite configurations in countless flavors.  It is important to consult with the factory for larger assemblies to discuss when there is a need for mechanical joints in frames for shipping and handling.

AMBICO has tested glazed acoustic windows that have achieved STC 57. Glazing material must be supplied based on the glass type and configuration tested during the independent laboratory testing.  To avoid glass breakage during shipping and frame installation, glass will typically ship loose for field installation in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Yes, as the jamb depth of the frame increases so does the air space increase between glass panes. This increase in air space will positively affect the acoustic rating. Therefore, it is important to consider the impact of jamb depth on acoustic performance and where possible maximize the jamb depth. Where jamb depth is fixed, solutions may be available by using thicker glass and/or changing glass configurations.

AMBICO manufactures acoustic door and frame assemblies that achieve STC 59. Glass lites of various sizes for doors can be provided. Acoustic glass is factory supplied and pre-installed in vision lites within doors.

This type of glass provides a high level of sound insulation, improving interior sounds by a significant amount of decibels. Acoustic windows filter out the sounds you don’t want to hear, and these materials are often used in music rooms and recording studios, hospitals, and classrooms.

Sound travels both through the air and through objects. The glass used in these materials will often be made up of multiple pieces separated by a fixed soffit which creates air space between the glass panes. This air space helps to improve the overall acoustic (STC) performance. Depending on specific requirements, the glass used in each installation will vary widely. Having these building materials properly installed by the experts, such as our recommended installers, will ensure airtight seals and that your space will experience all the benefits of using acoustic windows.

In order to accurately determine the STC rating that would be suitable for your purposes, it is recommended to bring in an acoustic engineer. These experts can consult with your architects so that they can best define the acoustic requirements of your project, where a higher acoustic performance may be required.

The glass on acoustic windows can include a unique coating ideal for those looking for increased energy efficiency. It can reflect heat off the glass and into the room in the winter and deflect hotter temperatures away from your home in the summer. It will also protect your furniture or carpet from any possible sun damage causing fading.

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