One40William, Perth CBD, WA



Client:

Jones Lang LaSalle Perth (JLL)

No. of Windows:
64 

Location:
Perth CBD

Despite being carefully orientated, the Gordon Stephenson office tower in One40William Perth was still heating up with Perth's harsh summer sun. The shading designed for this single glazed facade was not enough to provide the level of comfort demanded by tenants. This meant the chiller systems had to run at higher levels than budgeted and start from as early as 5am, to meet the agreed temperature levels for optimal staff productivity. This added cooling load also challenged the mandated 4.5 NABERS star rating for the building.

Magnetite Perth was commissioned by property manager, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to improve existing glazing performance in order to reduce heat gain and improve indoor comfort.

Temperature data was logged over 2 weeks, showing a significant differential at both the top and bottom of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Magnetite® reduced the surface temperature of the internal glazing by 4.5°C at the top of the windows, which were partly shaded and also cooled by ceiling air vents.

An impressive 10°C differential was recorded at the base when Magnetite® was in place, where there was direct sunlight. Following this significant improvement, Magnetite 4.5mm panels were retrofitted to 64 existing aluminium windows, creating a 60mm air cavity on levels 17 to 19. Six months later, Magnetite® has been scheduled to be installed on level 14 to 16, with the aim of significantly cooling the indoor environment and reducing the cooling load for the building's chiller systems.

UTS Building 15



Client:

Ichor Construction

No. of Windows:
24 

Other Partner(s):
BKA Architecture

Location:
Ultimo, Sydney NSW

The former home of the National Cash Register Company was recently refurbished to house two of University of Technology Sydney (UTS) new courses, the Bachelor of Creative Innovation and Intelligence (BCii) and a Masters of Animation and Visualisation (MAV).

Level 3 and 4 of this UTS's heritage-listed building 15 was redesigned to be a large, modern open plan studio space. To provide a quiet and comfortable learning environment, Magnetite® retrofit double glazing was incorporated into this refurbishment project.

A total of 104 10mm-Magnetite® panels were retrofitted into wall of windows facing the busy Harris St & Mary Ann St, with a maximum air cavity for the best soundproofing result. The building will be ready for the autumn semester, in early March 2017.

The Money Box, 5 Martin Place, Sydney NSW



Client:

Grocon

Other Partners:
Acoustic Logic
Dexus
CBUS
TKD Architects

No. of Windows:
363 

Location:
Sydney CBD

The 5 Martin Place project was a redevelopment of the Commonwealth Bank's iconic Money Box building. The project refurbished the existing heritage building as well as incorporating a new ten floor office tower which cantilevers over the historic building. Magnetite was commissioned to double glaze the existing steel-framed windows in this 1916 heritage building. The installation was awarded the 2015 AWA Design Award for Best Use of Windows and Doors in a Commercial Renovation.

The aim was to reduce the outside noise coming through the windows from busy Martin Place, in order to meet the Green Star requirements for Indoor Environment Quality. The existing windows could not be replaced without damaging the heritage status of the property. Our client, Grocon, was also concerned about durability and the longevity of the solution.

Magnetite installed retrofit double glazing to 363 windows (avg size 3 sqm) from levels one to nine. Scratch resistant acrylic glazing, custom-manufactured by Mitsubishi Rayon, was imported exclusively for this project. A first in Australia, this enhanced the durability and longevity of the facade solution. The air cavities created were maximised to achieve the best acoustic results. Where possible a single pane was used to minimise the visual impact on the existing windows.

The addition of Magnetite to these heritage windows addressed both energy savings and acoustics required to achieve a 5 Stars NABERS energy rating as well as a 5 Star Green Star rating. Magnetite was awarded the 2015 AWA Design Award for Best Use of Windows & Doors in a Commercial Renovation. The quality of finish and performance attracted and secured world class tenants such as Ashurst Lawyers, Challenger and Dropbox to commit to long term lease.
 

Sydney Airport Services Department, Sydney NSW



Client:

Intermain

Other Partners:
N/A

No. of Windows:
20 

Location:
Mascot, NSW

On average, 850 flights either arrive or depart Sydney Airport each day, making it the busiest airport in Australia. Magnetite was involved in recent upgrade for Sydney Airport Services Department, retrofitting its existing aluminium windows.

The challenge
Sydney Airport Corporation Limited (SACL) called for a redesign in their Sydney Airport Services Department. The office is located in the busy Sydney International Airport. Intermain, managed the project fit out, working the leading interior architects Design Inc. The key task was to reduce noise and heat through their west-facing windows, improving comfort level for occupants. Being occupied by full time staff, minimising disruption in offices was a key concern.

The solution
Magnetite retrofitted Soundtite secondary aluminium system to 20 windows. Using 6.38mm thick laminated glass and a maximum air cavity, Soundtite created a buffer which reduces noise through the window.

Dollar and Sense
Magnetite's retrofit double glazing solution allowed the fit-out project to achieved desired comfort level without any structural changes to existing windows. The Soundtite frame colour was matched to existing window to ensure a minimal visual impact.

Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley, Adelaide SA



Client:

Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

Other Partners:
N/A

No. of Windows:
45

Location:
Adelaide CBD

The Challenge
Magnetite Adelaide was called to install a demonstration window to prove the level of noise reduction that would be achieved.Pleased with the result in a pilot room, Magnetite Adelaide was commissioned to retrofit 45 of the most noise prone windows. Being a hotel, the biggest challenge was gaining access to rooms. However, with the assistance of the hotel management and staff, all necessary tools and components were able to be stored within the hotel complex. This way, Magnetite Adelaide's installer team could work on any available room at any time. This allowed a smooth and efficient progress of works, which enabled the project to be completed in timely manner and be cost effective.

The works
The Magnetite system was installed onto 34 fixed and awning window combinations as well as 11 very large bay windows. The secondary system was positioned to allow the maximum possible air gap. This, combined with 10mm glazing provided the best possible acoustic result. All panels were cut to fit in line with existing frames so that they blend in with the existing windows. Moreover, Magnetite's slimline frames were color-matched to maintain the aesthetic of the existing aluminium windows. Last but not least, being a clear optical grade acrylic, Magnetite ensured the fantastic views out to the city landscape were not affected.

Dollars and Sense
Magnetite was chosen in part as a result of a recommendation from another installation done years earlier for another hotel nearby. Being satisfied with the outcome, the management provided a reference to Magnetite Adelaide as a means for securing new commercial customers by showing their confidence in the system and its performance as well as the company and its operations. By virtue of previous success in resolving noise issues for another nearby hotel, Magnetite was recommended to the management of the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The installation of Magnetite's retrofit double glazing has made a noticeable difference to the hotel's patrons. Jarrad Crettenden, Room Division Manager, said "We couldn't be more delighted with the result. The service was second to none and they happily arranged the installation to suit the demands of our hotel. The end result is a product that looks discreet and non-intrusive which has significantly reduced external noise resulting in better guest satisfaction. We would have no hesitation in recommending Magnetite to others.” Click here to read full testimonial

Bunnik Tour office at Bunnik House, Adelaide SA



Client:

Bunnik Tours

Other Partners:
N/A

No. of Windows:
55

Location:
Adelaide CBD

Working closely with customers, either in person or over the phone, staff at Bunnik Tours aim to create the best travel experiences for their customers. This became increasing difficult with the noise from the commercial redevelopment across the road.  Magnetite was able to tackle this noise and restore the quiet, comfortable office setting required by Bunnik Tours.

The challenge
Bunnik House is a heritage style building in Adelaide City with very old casement windows. The office has very old, leaky casement windows, which easily let in the noise. Given a commercial redevelopment across the road, noise was unavoidable for staff working on phones or in person with customers. It was important to ensure a quieter office environment.

Magnetite Adelaide was asked to help, in part because we have performed successful noise reduction works for other buildings in the area and also as a result of the heritage status of the building, which requires that windows should be preserved to maintain the aesthetic character of the building.

The challenge was to do the installation while not disturbing the office staff. As a result, much of the works were completed outside of working hours to accommodate staff and management requirements. At all other times, the installers worked around the staff on duty, minimising any interference or disturbance to office operations.

The works
Magnetite's retrofit double glazing was installed on 49 steel-framed casement windows over three levels of Bunnik Tour's office. Due to the structure of existing windows, Magnetite's 10mm acoustic panels were installed directly onto the surrounding wall. In addition, this application allowed Magnetite to be fitted with a large air gap, to maximise noise reduction.  Magnetite panels were aligned with the existing windows’ framing, to blend in and maintain aesthetics.

Dollars and Sense
Following the Magnetite installation, Sacha and Dennis Bunnik of Bunnik Tours commented "Wow, what a difference it makes€. The addition of Magnetite had significantly reduced noise that constantly interrupted their working environment.  On top of that, they have realised that Magnetite's glazing solution has delivered substantial savings in energy consumption, reducing their last electricity bill by nearly 20%.

The combination of a huge reduction in noise with substantial savings in energy use has ensured a comfortable working environment for employees, clearly outlined in a follow up testimonial. So much so, that these two prominent South Australian businessmen were happy to have their photos taken in front of their Magnetite windows.

Click here to read full testimonial.

Baird Building, Perth WA



Client:

Shape (formerly ISIS)

Other Partners:
IA Group
Gabriels Acoustics

No. of Windows:
134 

Location:
Perth CBD

Perth's CBD heritage refurbishments called for fully-restored heritage buildings with the latest in commercial green design.€ One40William adds to the Perth cityscape with outstanding contemporary designs incorporated with gorgeous heritage buildings. Situated right in the vibrant heart of the city, noise was an inevitable drawback for buildings within this precinct.

The Challenge

The WA Department of Finance wanted to blend modern interior designs with the heritage facades of three iconic Perth buildings: the Globe, the Baird and Wellington Buildings. ISIS, the fit out and refurbishment specialist managed the project alongside leading interior architects the IA Group.

While retaining the character of the existing heritage windows was a priority, it was also a quandary, given the noise assessment by Gabriel Acoustics: "Existing windows are poorly sealed; resulting in significant acoustic leakage...AS/NZS 2107:2000 will require secondary glazing inside the existing glazing"

The Works
Magnetite was installed to reduce the noise in 134 windows. The acoustic consultants recommended an air cavity of up to 100mm be created. Magnetite Perth carried out the installation after hours to minimise any disruption to office staff.

Dollars and Sense
ISIS's project manager Michael Foreman commented:"Magnetite was approached for an acoustic glazing solution. The advice & service has been excellent. Afterhours work was cleanly, safely & efficiently performed. The end result blends with the existing building fabric seamlessly"

Noise reduced on average by up to 12dB (A) inside. For old buildings, these are impressive results, creating a more comfortable and efficient work environment. As a general rule of thumb, 10dB (A) equates to around 50% noise reduction. In one room, noise reduced by over 14dB (A).
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Rendezvous Studio Hotel, Sydney NSW



Client:

Rendezvous Studio Hotel

Other Partners:
N/A

No. of Windows:
119 

Location:
Sydney CBD

Hotels thrive on repeat clientele and their referrals. Alternatively, negative reviews can quickly impact profitability. When the Rendezvous Hotel recognised a number of noise complaints in online forums they were quick to take action. By soundproofing the guest rooms, they have been able to protect their income and gain market share.

The Challenge
Situated in the heart of Sydney, the Rendezvous Studio Hotel is perfect for travellers wanting easy access to transport and some of the city's biggest attractions. It is located at a busy intersection on Sydney's George St, just opposite Central Train Station.

While it's convenient, the hotel received numerous noise complaints due to the high amount of traffic and pedestrian noise from the busy street. This inevitable downside led to poor online reviews and customer satisfaction which in turn scared off potential customers.  Despite having old secondary glazing in some rooms, the performance was not satisfactory and this left management in a quandary, until Magnetite was considered.

The Works
Magnetite's 10mm acoustic system was the only window slim enough to work in the bedrooms.  With the existing secondary glazing, we were able to improve the seals, move the panels slightly forward and install our retrofit system to provide a triple glazed solution. Now with a combined air cavity greater than 100mm, we maximised the available air gap for a world class result.  

The hotel suites with sliding balcony doors were treated with our 10.38mm Soundtite system. We moved the built-in pelmets moved forward, maximising the air gap and retaining the existing curtains and aesthetics of the room.

Dollars & Sense
The feedback from staff and management was that there was a huge, immediate impact on noise complaints, so much so that they are virtually eliminated.  Hotel staff complimented our team on our efficient installation which minimised disruptions so they could return rooms to full service as soon as possible.

A quick look at recent reviews on Trip Advisor speaks for the success of the project:
"our room this time was at the side of the building and with triple glazing at the windows very little road noise was noticeable….good to know you could relax with a bit of peace & quiet while the rest of Sydney went about its business outside."

"Given this central location you might expect a lot of noise from the street, but I've never found that to be the case, even on a festive night such as this one was (Sydney Vivid) where on the sixth floor and facing George Street I still had a wonderful 10 hr sleep"

Lane Cove Tunnel, Sydney NSW



Client:

Thiess John Holland

Other Partners:
N/A

No. of Windows:
30 

Location:
Sydney Lower North Shore NSW

Why wouldn't you want to live close to the city? There is no doubt that Sydney's inner city living has its advantages. There are plenty of amenities within close proximity and a shorter commute for those who work in the CBD. Unfortunately, for all the convenience of inner city living, high density housing can sacrifice comfort due to excessive noise from neighbours, traffic, or in Sydney's case, aircraft noise.

Residential buildings along the newly constructed on/off ramps to the freeway were experiencing severe road and traffic noise. Magnetite acoustic double glazing system was used to reduce noise to EPA standards of comfort.

We installed Magnetite double glaze windows in numerous homes and used a 100mm air cavity to ensure the best possible outcome. Our technicians custom fit a wide range of windows during this project including units and heritage listed properties.

The senior project engineer from Thiess John Holland Joint Venture, the tunnel builders, was extremely happy with our product and service and wrote us a reference stating:

Magnetite have successfully been able to considerably reduce high external traffic noise levels to below the criterion and more comfortable internal levels, providing significant benefits to the residents of the affected properties. We have found Magnetite to be very professional, punctual and efficient and of the highest standard and would have no hesitation in recommending them to any prospective clients.

Magnetite has undertaken similar noise reduction projects to insulate homes from traffic and aircraft noise in several major Australian cities including Adelaide and Tasmania. We have experience working with acoustic consultants and government to ensure immediate and long-term noise reduction results for many residential areas.