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Blue Ridge Regional Jail Installs Acoustifence to Quiet Chillers

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

Blue Ridge Regional Jail quieter with the use of Acoustical FenceAcoustic Fence known as Acoustifence - made in U.S.A.

LYNCHBURG, Virginia, April 27, 2011– Rolling green hills and pastoral settings are a top draw for residents and visitors to Lynchburg, Virginia. When noise from two aging 125-ton chillers at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in downtown Lynchburg began disturbing neighbors in the hillside community outside the downtown area, jail officials wasted no time finding a solution that would return the peace and quiet its neighbors had always enjoyed.

Once the complaints began coming in -- not from the facility’s immediate neighbors, but from residents on the hillsides surrounding the jail -- Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority officials had to determine whether the chillers' noise levels were within local ordinances and regulations governing noise, and found that they were in compliance. 

“We were below acceptable noise levels, but we wanted to do the right thing and find a solution that would restore quiet to the neighbors and meet our budget and installation needs,” said Kenneth Floyd, maintenance director at the jail.

Floyd said he searched online for a noise abatement solution and came across the Acoustiblok website; one product, Acoustifence, met the facility’s needs.

Acoustiblok Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Myers worked with Floyd in determining the best solution for quieting the jail’s chiller noise.  Acoustiblok provides indoor and outdoor noise deadening products for a myriad of applications; Myers determined that the easy-to- install Acoustifence material would offer the best all-around sound abatement for this application.

“It’s working very well,” Floyd said. “We installed it around the chillers, and I was surprised at how easy it was to install because it is heavy.

“But we haven’t had a single complaint since it went up.”

The reciprocating chillers, which have been in place since the jail was built in 1998, are air-cooled. Noise emanating into critical areas -- screw compressors (on the bottom of the unit) generate mid/hi frequency noise, up-blast fans (on the top) generate low frequency noise. This is one type of industrial noise pollution that experts warn can be hazardous to the health of individuals subjected to it on an ongoing basis.

World Fence News defines Acoustifence as a "new defense against outdoor noise pollution." Commonly employed in industrial usage, small and private airports, construction sites, mass transit rail lines and even dog kennels, it is also available for residential use.

The Acoustifence is a unique 1/8th-inch thick heavy mineral filled viscoelastic acoustical material available in a standard 6-foot x 30-foot (3mm x 1.83m x 9.14m), although longer lengths and taller heights are available.  To suit their needs, jail officials ordered 90 feet of 9-foot tall Acoustifence to wrap around their chillers. Unlike fences or shrubs, Acoustifence performs well at blocking direct sound while reducing reflective sound at the same time. 

With acoustical properties that provide a lab-certified STC (sound transmission classification) of 28 dB, a reduction that represents a sound decrease of 85-percent to the human ear, Acoustifence also reduces sound that can reflect over or around the fence and reverberate off surrounding objects, creating a secondary noise problem.

This is not the first time a jail has utilized Acoustiblok sound abatement material to resolve a noise problem; in 2010, a Pinellas County, Florida jail installed Acoustiblok "All Weather Sound Panels" to resolve a noise problem caused by sound reverberations and echo in the jail's concrete videoconferencing room. 

"Every noise issue we're faced with calls for a solution that addresses a host of unique variables," said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

"We offer a variety of noise reduction products, and the expertise to determine the best approach to resolve every problem."

For more information, visit the website at www.acoustiblok.com, email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980.1400.

 

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Liz Ernst, Director of Public Relations
Lizernst@acoustiblok.com
813.980.1400 x 210

Tags: Acoustifence, noise deadening, acoustical fence, noise barriers, noise complaint, chiller noise, sound barrier, acoustical fencing, sound deadening

Restaurant Noise Silenced with QuietFiber®

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 @ 10:25 PM

Noisy restaurant

TAMPA, FLA. (USA), April 7, 2011 – It’s no secret that trying to carry on a conversation in a noisy restaurant can be irritating. Now researchers are saying that background clatter is diminishing the flavor of your food too.  That's according to a January, 2011 study in the journal “Food Quality and Preference” named “Effect of background noise on food perception," by Mark Woods, et al.

Featured in a Scientific American magazine article, the study concludes that background sound diminishes the gustatory system - the sensory system for the sense of taste sense - of certain food properties (saltiness, sweetness). Previous studies have also shown that noise can interfere with how the brain processes smell, which can diminish the appetite. Either way, the news is not good for loud restaurants.

When it comes to planning the interior design of any restaurant, it is not uncommon for noise to be overlooked among the long list of aesthetic essentials that combine to make it a successful establishment.  More often than not, restaurateurs open their doors to a painstakingly planned décor, menu, staff and service, only to discover that poor acoustics are creating an unpleasant environment for their patrons.

Noise is one of the top issues in restaurants, particularly with today’s modern interior treatments of choice, most often hard surface tile, stone, wood, and furnishings that might be beautiful to the eye, but have an altogether irritating effect on the ear. The shapes of ceilings and walls, spatial arrangements, materials installed and construction methods used can dramatically affect a restaurant’s interior acoustics.

As the number of patrons in the restaurant or bar area increases, noise quickly escalates as all strive to hear and be heard in a hard surface, reverberant room.

In today’s challenging economy, restaurant owners and managers have enough to contend with when it comes to beating the competition. When noise is a problem, it can be disastrous to even the most vigilantly tended establishment.  Unscientific surveys indicate that patrons don’t complain about noise, they simply don’t return.

QuietFiber®, the newest noise reduction product from Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok, Inc., is the answer to restaurant owners who need a quick noise fix that is easy to install anywhere noise is a problem, without spending thousands of dollars to retrofit sound abatement material under drywall, or covering walls with expensive sound panels.

High sound absorbency QuietFiber is a two-inch thick DIY interior noise solution that can be cut to fit and simply hot glued underneath the bar, cabinets, countertops, tables, chairs, behind a wall tapestry or curtains. Slide a QuietFiber “pillow” on top of cabinets, or anywhere else that noise is a problem and peaceful surroundings are a must.  Easily cut to size with a serrated knife, Quiet Fiber can be concealed almost anywhere.

Used industrially for reducing noise, QuietFiber is a material designed to absorb the maximum amount of sound (NRC 1.00). Fireproof, totally hydrophobic (will not absorb water or moisture), washable, non-deteriorating, mold and mildew-proof, Acoustiblok offers a lifetime warranty on this product.

“Before we made QuietFiber available as a DIY sound reduction material that anyone can install in any interior space, noise was a costly problem to resolve in restaurants” says Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc. “We wanted to offer a DIY product that could be installed quickly, easily, non-invasively and affordably, and we have it in QuietFiber; anyone can do it, it even works great in your home.”

QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, 100-percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the USA.

For more information on QuietFiber, visit the Acoustiblok website at www.acoustiblok.com, send an E-mail to sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980.1400.

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PRESS RELEASE

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Liz Ernst, Director of Public Relations
Lizernst@acoustiblok.com
813.980.1400 x 210

Tags: bar noise, restaurant noise, peace and quiet, restaurants, noise abatement, noise barrier, noise, Quietfiber