Acoustiblok sound abatement material was used to seal noise leaks in the massive doors of the historic film studio, in time to begin shooting "City of Ember," starring Natalie Portman and Bill Murray.
Belfast, Northern Ireland -- Belfast’s Paint Hall Studio, Europe’s largest film studio located in the historically renowned Titanic Quarter of the city needed to dramatically reduce outside noise pollution from entering its massive sets in time for its biggest
film production to date.
The pressure was on to find a solution to the ambient noise from nearby construction, heavy traffic from a main road, and overhead aircraft infiltrating the massive 31,000 m³ (1,094,755 cubic ft.) structure.
Before it was a film studio, Paint Hall was part of Belfast’s historic Harland & Wolff Shipyards, where the Titanic and other ships were built. Ship Hall was used for painting huge portions of ships in climate-controlled conditions.
While the studio’s double skinned cell construction combats general noise pollution on set, the building’s massive 75ft (23m) doors were found to be leaking sound.
These problems needed to be corrected before filming could start on a new project, a joint Universal Pictures/Northern Ireland production starring Natalie Portman, and the result had to be effective enough to satisfy the sensitive microphones used in
filmmaking, which easily pick up background sound.
Consultants from Acoustiblok UK Ltd conducted a site visit and compiled a comprehensive report identifying the building’s acoustical weaknesses and vulnerabilities, then devised a workable solution to meet the producers’ schedule.
They advised lining the building’s eight colossal doors, (large enough to have once accommodated ships) with Acoustiblok® 1660 3mm, a superior sound isolation material with an average noise reduction of 26 decibels (dB). Acoustiblok, which has
also been installed at both Pinewood and Leavesden studios in the UK, was installed by the filmmakers under the close supervision of the Acoustiblok team.
Vast cavities within each door were first filled with an open cell fibre. Acoustiblok membrane was then attached to steel supports within the doors and secured with resilient channels. The steel structure was also treated with Thermablok® aerogel insulation material to increase acoustical dampening, and to address transmission loss properties. New corrugated facing panels were installed as an external finish.
Brian Martin, a technician with Muldiss Darton Productions of the UK, said that producers were hard pressed to find a workable solution to the noise problemnoise problem that could be in place before scheduled filming began.
“This new project represents the biggest film yet for the Paint Hall studios, and we needed the best possible sound abatement material installed in a very short period of time,” Martin said. “It’s crucial that we have perfect sound conditions for filming and
recording, as the microphones used are highly sensitive and can pick up every single sound in the background.
“Acoustiblok responded quickly to our deadlines, and their sound isolation material worked exceptionally well, especially considering the large scale of this facility.”
Acoustiblok is made of a 1/8” (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible. While other manufacturers of sound proofing materials attempt to stop or absorb sound, Acoustiblok has resolved the problem in a vastly different way.
Through a unique thermodynamic process, Acoustiblok is engineered to transform sound energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from sound waves.
One thin layer of Acoustiblok in a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction, and provide more privacy, than 12” (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.
Acoustiblok backs its claims with hard science and certified independent laboratory test results. The acoustical laboratory at Architectural Testing, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania, recorded an astounding Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 85 for a concrete block and metal stud wall design configuration that included Acoustiblok, a noise reduction of 99-percent to human hearing.
Ultimately, the installation of Acoustiblok to the Paint Hall studios has made it an extremely desirable venue for attracting future big budget films.
Paint Hall is not the first major film studio to install Acoustiblok for perfect sound quality. The UK’s Pinewood and Leavesden studios are also treated with Acoustiblok, setting the stage for some major blockbusters including the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and James Bond movies. For more information, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 813-980.1400.
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Building or retrofitting a kennel can present some unique challenges for dog-loving entrepreneurs, but if engineered properly a kennel can and should be an affordable, quiet, and neighbor-friendly facility.
When Deb and Jon B. hired contractors to design and build their 28 x 60-foot dog kennel in rural Iowa back in 2003, their decades-long dream of housing and caring for their farm community’s canines quickly turned nightmarish when one neighbor complained that the noise from the barking was affecting his health.
The neighbor insisted that the noise of the dogs barking was loud enough to not only interfere with his sleep, but with his quality of life during the day as well, and indeed the noise level did exceed the county’s EPA sound level limits (as do most kennels.)
The couple learned about Acoustiblok only after a series of legal headaches and illadvised fixes like custom built “sound-blocking” panels and custom-made “husher” acoustical curtains did nothing to appease the neighbor’s complaints. Despite each new fix, the police got involved, and soon the courts became involved.
By 2005, contractors hired by the couple had sealed windows and completely enclosed the dog run in order to address the noise problem.
“It took away the dogs’ visibility, and completely changed the look of the building,” Deb said. “It began to look like a jail, and still it did not significantly reduce the noise level.”
With legal and construction costs piling up, Deb came very close to closing shop and returning to her previous work as an insurance adjuster. In April 2009, the couple held a farm sale to raise money for their legal expenses;
The situation had become bleak, until a local lumberyard operator suggested she look into Acoustiblok. Deb decided to give the Tampa, Florida-based company a call. That phone call changed everything.
“I had a significant business at stake,” she said. “I was beside myself when I made the call to Acoustiblok; this conflict had ripped our lives apart.
“How I wish I knew then what I have learned now from the people at Acoustiblok.”
The UL approved Acoustiblok material is a unique soundproofing material which has taken years to develop. Just one thin, 1/8-inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard stud wall can reduce more sound than 12-inches of concrete. The soft flexible material is 4.5 feet wide and is available in 30, 60, or 350-foot rolls.
Acoustiblok is usually stapled or screwed to studs before drywalling. It is a fire rated proprietary formula, heavy mineral filled, viscoelastic polymer which is easily cut with a utility knife.
While other materials attempt to block or absorb sound, Acoustiblok does neither. As the heavy, limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, it actually transforms the acoustical energy into inaudible friction energy in a process sometimes referred to as "isothermal adiabatic".
Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing, works on precisely the same basis
and has exactly the same sound transmission classification (STC) rating.
Steve Hibbens, an Acoustiblok acoustical consultant, spoke with Deb at length regarding her kennel and helped her formulate a game plan for addressing her architectural challenges and utilizing Acoustiblok to her best advantage. Before installation began,
Acoustiblok consultants held a conference call with the couple’s contractor to advise on the installation process for maximum benefit.
“It’s not just about using our material, but also applying sound abatement construction techniques that work together with Acoustiblok for maximum sound reduction,” Hibbens said.
Contractor Dave Hanson removed the kennel’s aluminum siding and took the kennel down to the metal studs. Installation took about 18 hours, as Hanson and one employee installed Acoustiblok one segment at a time so that the dogs did not have to be displaced in the process.
Eco-friendly Acoustiblok is safe for the dogs and kennel personnel; it contains no lead, barium, or asbestos, is UV resistant, impervious to water and mold, and is UL fire rated
and classified for wall, floor and ceiling installations as well as industrial applications.
In addition to Acoustiblok, Hanson replaced the existing windows with triple pane, low RE windows for a combined effect so impressive, he said he will recommend Acoustiblok in future construction and retrofitting projects. “If sound is a problem, this is the product to use,” Hanson said.
Deb was impressed as well. In fact, she is so convinced that the guidance of Acoustiblok experts and the effectiveness of the product itself has made such a profound impact on the quality of her life, she has become something of an acoustical expert in her own right. Her next project includes adding Acoustiblok ceiling tiles in the kennel, and hanging strategically placed Acoustifence on the property for complete sound abatement.
As her business flourishes, she sees the improvements as an affordable and effective investment in the future.
“I have learned so much from your company,” Deb said. “Acoustiblok has saved our lifestyle, saved our kennel, and allowed us to continue doing what we waited our whole lives to do.”
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