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Acoustifence and QuietFiber Create Pool Pump System Noise Barrier

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 @ 04:32 PM

In response to complaints from neighbors, a Woodside, California homeowner installed a combination of Acoustifence and QuietFiber noise barrier materials in the large housing unit that contains a bevy of pumps, pipes, and electrical equipment necessary to run the many features of his mountainside infinity pool.

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Fig. 1: Pool pump housing unit and operational equipment before Acoustifence and QuietFIbre Installation.

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Fig. 2: Pool pump housing unit and operational equipment after Acoustifence and QuietFIber Installation.

 

WOODSIDE, California, July 21, 2011 – An elaborate infinity pool offers a striking visual in any yard, particularly one with the scenic mountainous backdrop that property owners in Woodside, California enjoy.

However, along with such an intricate pool is a complex system of plumbing, pumps, and electrical boxes that can be noisy, particularly in a canyon setting that acts as an echo chamber.

When homeowner Arnon Rosenthal began receiving complaints from his neighbors over the noise emanating from his infinity pool's extensive pump and maintenance system, he contacted Acoustiblok, Inc. to design a noise deadening solution that could be installed in the slatted wood enclosure surrounding the pumps, plumbing and electrical hardware that kept his pool's many features running smoothly.

After discussing his options with Jay Boland, an acoustical consultant with Acoustiblok, Rosenthal chose to layer Acoustifence sound barrier material, which was easily hung on the inside of the existing wood structure, with Quietfiber noise absorbing material to block sound escaping to the outside and absorb sound energy within the enclosure. The QuietFiber was sealed around the individual electrical boxes, pipes and pumps for maximum noise reduction.

"It worked very well," Rosenthal said of the decision to layer Acoustifence and QuietFiber inside the structure. "The pool has many features, and that's why it requires such a large (pump) system.

"I'm very happy with the results, I'd say the noise is reduced 65- to 70-percent, and it's no longer a distraction to the neighbors."

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., said the decision to layer the Acoustifence and QuietFiber within the pool's plumbing structure is a perfect example of addressing an unusual noise problem creatively.

Infinity pool with noisy pump system

Fig. 3: This mountainside infinity pool in Woodside, California is now as serene as its setting after Acoustifence and QuietFiber noise abatement materials were installed in the enclosure housing the pool's elaborate and noisy pump, plumbing, and electrical systems.


"The noise emanating from the structure needed to be blocked to keep it from distracting the neighbors, but the noise within the structure would have been unbearably loud without the absorption qualities of QuietFiber," Johnson said.

"Combining the two created a noise deadening solution that suited the project perfectly by addressing both problems."

Originally designed for industrial noise, Acoustifence is a 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring 6-feet (1.82 meters) high by 30-feet (9.14 meters) long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment. Heavy-duty nylon ties are included with each roll.

Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible. The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period.

Unlike fiberglass, QuietFiber is not only UV tolerant, but also totally hydrophobic (will not absorb water or moisture), and specifically designed for maximum (NRC 1.00) noise absorption. In addition, it will not support mold or mildew, and can work in temperatures above 180-degrees.

Quietfiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, and like all Acoustiblok products, 100-percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the U.S.A.

For more information or to view a video of Acoustiblok's noise reduction capabilities, visit the website (www.acoustiblok.com), email [email protected], or call 813-980-1400.

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Ceres Police Dept. Installs Acoustiblok in Interrogation/Interview Rooms

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Ceres Police Department

Acoustiblok noise barrier material provided the level of privacy and sound proofing needed for police officials, crime victims and witnesses without fear of being overheard outside of the department’s interview and interrogation rooms.

CERES, California, July 11, 2011 – With the installation of Acoustiblok noise abatement material in the ceilings and walls of two critical rooms within the Ceres Police Department’s downtown headquarters, witnesses and victims will be afforded the discretion and privacy they deserve during police interviews, and suspect interrogations will take place without external distractions or interruptions.

The decision to install Acoustiblok noise deadening material into the interview and
interrogation rooms in the Ceres Police Department came at the urging of Sgt. James Robbins, who said the acoustics in the “soft” room -- the room used specifically to interview victims and witnesses -- were hampered by noise coming from a restroom on one side of the room, and the department’s often noisy IT department on the other side.

The larger 15-foot by 20-foot interrogation room was divided into three rooms, one to house sensitive recording equipment; the other two rooms were used to question suspects.

“Before we put the Acoustiblok in place, it was difficult to interrogate suspects even though they were in separate rooms because there was virtually no soundproofing,” said Sgt. Robbins" ”If we were interviewing two suspects about the same crime, they could hear what each other was saying, and they would yell back and forth to each other through the common wall, making it impossible to question each individual privately.”

After consulting Acoustiblok COO Marilyn Myers, decided to install the Acoustiblok in the smaller “soft” room first to test its capabilities. The room’s original drywall was removed and the product attached to the studs, per installation standards. Next, the Acoustiblok was installed in the room’s hanging ceiling and the seams were sealed with Acoustiblok tape to create a total sound barrier.

“It worked so well, we were thrilled, and we were able to move on to the larger
interrogation/recording room to create the same noise barrier we had achieved in the “soft” room,” Robbins said.

Since it was built in 1987, the building was not designed with any forethought regarding soundproofing or additional high tech retrofits, making the ceiling installation a challenge, according to Robbins. The Acoustiblok had to be cut to fit around pipes, HVAC ducts and other obstacles. Even with the extra care required for the ceiling installation, the soft room took only two days to complete.


When it came time to retrofit the larger interrogation/recording room, however, officials decided at first not to attempt a ceiling installation and installed the Acoustiblok in the walls alone. They quickly realized that sound bleeding was still a problem between the rooms due to the ceiling void, and decided to install Acoustiblok in the ceiling after all.

“The second room took about a week, because it was larger and the ceiling installation was challenging, but in the end we were very happy with the outcome,” Robbins said.

“It’s always a wonderful feeling when our noise abatement products are used in such an important project,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“I understand that there was some resistance from city officials to install noise barrier material when Sgt. Robbins first broached the subject, but his persistence paid off.

“Now Ceres citizens have the benefit of privacy when they find themselves in the
position of discussing sensitive matters with police officials, and the officers themselves are better able to interrogate suspects uninterrupted, thanks to this simple fix that provided serious noise abatement results.”

Acoustiblok is formulated to provide an effective noise barrier in law enforcement
facilities, hospitals, schools, churches, attorney’s offices and any space that requires privacy and seclusion.

About Acoustiblok:

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders and consumers.

Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is transformed into inaudible friction energy.

Just one, 1/8- inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, asbestos, or barium, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold.

Acoustiblok is UL classified, recognized, and sold in more than 50 countries.
Acoustiblok received first place product awards from the British House of Commons, and was named Builder News Magazine’s Product of the Year. The company was named in NASA’s annual list of top 49 Spin-Off companies for its use of aerogel technology in its Thermablok insulating strips.

For more information about Acoustiblok products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail
[email protected].

 

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Tags: noise dampening, noise deadening, noise barriers, soundproofing, sound barriers, sound proofing, police interrogation, victim privacy

Acoustiblok Names Mac Cooper Director of Marine Engineering

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:23 AM

Mac Cooper director of marine engineering for Acoustiblok

Acoustiblok, a leader in indoor and outdoor sound abatement and noise barrier solutions for more than a decade has named Mac Cooper to oversee and offer expert consultation on the marine application division of the company’s sound deadening products.

TAMPA, Florida, July 11, 2011 -- Acoustiblok President and founder Lahnie Johnson has named Mac Cooper Director of Marine Engineering. Cooper will be responsible for developing and overseeing Acoustiblok’s and Thermablok’s growing marine applications division, particularly providing innovative solutions to noise and thermal problems for boat owners and builders.

Cooper, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, has been a resident of Tampa since 2004. Prior to joining the Acoustiblok team, Cooper is the owner and designer for Dream Line Yacht / Product Design in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2008 to 2011, and an engineer/designer for Lazzara Yachts in Tampa from 2004 to 2008.

Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial / Product Design, from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. 

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders and consumers.  

About Acoustiblok:                                                                                                                                         Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is transformed into inaudible friction energy.

Just one, 1/8- inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, asbestos, or barium, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold.

Acoustiblok is UL classified, recognized, and sold in more than 50 countries. Acoustiblok received first place product awards from the British House of Commons, and was named Builder News Magazine’s Product of the Year. The company was named in NASA’s annual list of top 49 Spin-Off companies for its use of aerogel technology in its Thermablok insulating strips.

For more information about Acoustiblok® products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail [email protected]

 

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Contact: Liz Ernst, Director of Public Relations
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Tags: noise dampening, noise deadening, noise reduction, sound barrier, soundproofing, noise barrier, boat engine noise, engine noise, noisy boats