SPC Wall Solutions – Soundproofing Walls

Soundproofing Walls against Unwanted Noise

ICC - International Code CouncilWhen soundproofing walls, if you are going to solve your noise problems, you will have to go beyond the Building Code. North American Building Codes are not very helpful with noise levels. Commercial and residential walls built to code will not satisfy most people.

When soundproofing walls, to reduce sound it is ideal to apply the soundproofing materials on the noise-producing side of the wall, if possible. In a re-model, if your neighbor is the noisy one, you may have to treat your side.

Commercial steel stud walls can easily be upgraded, as between a salon and spin class in a strip mall. Standard drywall and insulation is used to contain costs when soundproofing walls this way.

SPC Solution 3 and Solution 2 for Soundproofing Walls have significantly better low frequency (bass) isolation. This makes them advantageous if music or sound systems are involved. Let’s take a closer look at each of these solutions for soundproofing walls.

Soundproofing Walls - Percent Increase by Loudness

SPC Wall Solution 3

The Double Stud Wall with Green Glue is your highest performing wall assembly. Currently most acoustical labs have a hard time plotting double wall performance accurately, as the wall often exceeds the flanking limits of the lab.  A drawback of this solution is that you are basically building two walls, which requires a significant amount of space. View SPC 3 Assembly

SPC Wall Solution 2

Using the IB-1 Soundproofing Clips and Green Glue is our most popular solution. This wall provides the performance you need as a minimal loss of space. SPC Wall Solution 2 provides the overall performance you need at the low, middle and high frequencies. This is also the most common clip application for commercial walls requiring UL Fire-Rating. View SPC 2 Assembly

SPC Wall Solution 1

Adding Green Glue and drywall directly to the existing drywall is common, however not as high performance as a decoupled Soundproof Clip Wall. Install on wall that have 24" O.C. framing. Green Glue is recommended over MLV, Resilient Channel, Soundboard, etc... View SPC 1 Assembly