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Soundproofing Walls Using Barrierboard

Barrierboard is a revolutionary new Australian made patented product comprising two layers of varying thicknesses of plasterboard separated by an acoustic insulation layer. 

Barrierboard standard tested systems offer Rw ratings of up to 62 and other systems with even higher Rw`s. It is in full compliance with the May 2004 Building Code of Australia sound insulation provisions and will substantially reduce noise in domestic, commercial and industrial sites. 

Barrierboard systems offer the most cost effective way to meet or exceed the Building Code.

How Barrierboard reduces noise

Barrierboard is designed to absorb and reduce perceived noise levels by as much as 90 per cent. 

Sound and noise passes through the first layer of plasterboard and is then greatly reduced by the decoupling insulating layer to minimise structural and airborne noise from passing to the final layer.

Suitable for domestic, commercial and industrial applications

Barrierboard can be installed in your domestic, commercial and industrial sites in place of standard gyrock sheeting or other types of wall materials. It is a very dense sheet being 32mm thick and comes in two convenient sheet sizes; 2700x1200 and 2400x1200. Barrierboard is easy to install (about 50 per cent faster than conventional soundproofing systems). 

Unlike standard plasterboard panels, the composite Barrierboard product is rigid, ensuring that no sagging or bowing occurs when it is fixed in place.

The relatively thin panels (32mm) can be fixed directly to common walls with minimal changes to doorway construction and architraves. The end result is maximum performance from minimum thickness.

The reduction of noise through the insulated walls will be in the vicinity of 75% (depending on the existing wall construction).

It can be used in conjunction with standard wall systems using a minimum of additional space to significantly reduce noise levels. Barrierboard can be fixed to any structurally sound wall or over any material eg plasterboard or masonry. 

Barrierboard can either be installed as a retrofit solution directly onto the existing wall or by using furring channels so that acoustic insulation can be added between the primary and secondary walls. Wall depth loss would be either 32mm or 60mm if using furring channels.

Barrierboard is also effectively used on ceilings to isolate impact and airborne noise. 

It greatly reduces traffic, industrial and other commercial noises and is also great for isolating a home theatre, between bathrooms and bedrooms, separate but adjoining dwellings, garages, offices and factories.

  • Barrierboard cross section

    Barrierboard cross section

  • Barrierboard secondary wall installed on furring channels with Acoustisorb insulation between the channels

    Barrierboard secondary wall installed on furring channels with Acoustisorb insulation between the channels

  • Barrierboard secondary wall being attached to the furring channels

    Barrierboard secondary wall being attached to the furring channels

  • Barrierboard secondary wall with insulation under construction

    Barrierboard secondary wall with insulation under construction

  • Finished Barrierboard wall

    Finished Barrierboard wall

  • Barrierboard recessed edge in on the long edge as sheets are typically layed vertically up the wall.

    Barrierboard recessed edge in on the long edge as sheets are typically layed vertically up the wall.

Barrierboard is ideal for home theatres, apartments, dual occupancies, townhouses and general housing. It can also be used to effectively reduce noise in commercial situations such as music studios, inter-office walls, conference rooms and general office partitions. 

On industrial sites it can be used to divide walls between offices and factory workplaces or to reduce noise emanating from plant rooms.

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