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Introducing Acoustiblok Wallcover®: DIY Non-Construction Soundproofing

Posted by Liz Ernst on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 @ 04:10 PM

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Acoustiblok releases Acoustiblok Wallcover, advanced soundproofing material provides high quality noise reduction without the mess and expense of tearing out walls. Acoustiblok-Wallcover can be painted or wallpapered to match any room décor.

TAMPA, Florida, August 22, 2011 – NASA spinoff company Acoustiblok, Inc., a world leader in noise abatement solutions, has launched a new sound barrier product, Acoustiblok-Wallcover®, providing effective noise reduction for any room in which quiet and privacy are desired.

Acoustiblok Wallcover is the first scientifically designed noise reduction solution available that is applied directly on top of existing wall surfaces (including concrete). It installs easily with adhesive spray and requires just two or three people to align and hang it properly, making it a perfect weekend DIY project for silencing any room.

Years in the making, Acoustiblok Wallcover incorporates a unique aerospace nanotechnology laminate which provides the acoustical breakthrough needed for this type of application. Significant sound reduction must not only stop airborne sound, but also mechanical sound transmission (i.e., vibration through a wall). Acoustiblok Wallcover addresses both.

For apartment and condo residents, Acoustiblok Wallcover can provide a noise barrier between adjacent units, eliminating the noise problems associated with multi-family living.

Loud music, the neighbors’ conversations, and the everyday noises that seep from one living space into another can be permanently blocked. Since it can be painted or wallpapered, no one will notice the difference between an untreated wall and a wall treated with Acoustiblok-Wallcover once it is installed and finished.

Within any private residence, Acoustiblok-Wallcover can provide tranquility in the study or nursery when the television or home theater is at full volume in the adjacent room. Any room in the house can become a sanctuary with Acoustiblok Wallcover, so piano practice in the music room won’t interfere with reading or quiet conversation in the bedroom. For business and professional associations that must provide private conference and meeting rooms, Acoustiblok Wallcover is a perfect solution for preventing conversations from being heard in adjacent rooms. Attorneys, physicians, and law enforcement agencies must be able to provide private, soundproof rooms to assure client confidentiality and to protect sensitive information discussed during corporate meetings.

Acoustiblok Wallcover’s flexible material measures approximately ¼ of an inch thick, and is available in 4-foot by 8-foot sections. Weighing about one pound per square foot, Acoustiblok Wallcover is fairly heavy, which is why it takes two or three people to install. A simple box cutter is all that is needed to create cutouts for electric sockets and light switch panels.

Recent certified laboratory tests have proven that adding just one layer of Acoustiblok Wallcover to only one side of a stud wall resulted in a sound transmission classification (STC) of 53, providing more noise reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete (STC 51).

“While the ideal method for reducing noise levels in a stud wall is to attach noise abatement material to the studs within the wall during construction, the majority of time the wall is completed before the end user is aware of the noise,” says Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“Before the development of Acoustiblok Wallcover, no scientifically proven noise barrier solution existed that could be applied directly to an existing wall,” Johnson said.

“Obviously, the applications for this new product are endless, and now anyone can resolve noise issues without hiring contractors or tearing out walls.”

Acoustiblok-Wallcover material, made in the U.S.A. with all U.S. materials, also has extensive industrial and commercial applications.  For more information on Acoustiblok-Wallcover, or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound-deadening capabilities, visit the website (www.acoustiblok.com), call 813.980.1400, or email sales@acoustiblok.com.

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Acoustiblok, Inc. Donates Thermablok® Aerogel Insulation to CalArts-Sponsored Arts “Trailer Trash” Project

Posted by Liz Ernst on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 @ 03:30 PM

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A 60-year-old Spartan trailer, originally purchased as a future home for a Hurricane Katrina evacuee, was insulated with a gift of Thermablok strips. Installing the aerogel-based Thermablok is the first step of the CalArts NOMAD LAB project’s plan to use the trailer’s renovation to teach inner-city youths about sustainable “green” building materials and architectural principles.

SANTA CLARITA, California, August 22, 2011 – Acoustiblok, Inc. has donated its NASA technology Thermablok® aerogel insulating strips for installation in a 1951 Spartan trailer which is being renovated and used to sponsor a youth architecture program in the blighted Valle del Oro neighborhood of Santa Clarita.

The “Trailer Trash” project, now part of the ever-growing California Institute of the Arts’ NOMAD LAB, is the brainchild of Sam Breen, who purchased the run-down, 30-foot trailer to refurbish as a home for his Mother Lydia, a displaced Hurricane Katrina evacuee.

In October, 2010, Breen - then a 27-year-old graduate student at CalArts – sought permission to park the trailer on the school’s Valencia, California campus while he began gutting and preparing it for restoration. The trailer earned instant celebrity as Breen and other students utilized the Spartan as an on- and off-campus mobile performance space, make-shift classroom, and screening room used to explore how displacement and artistry go hand-in-hand.

“The notion of displacement is one that my mother and I are all too familiar with,” Breen said. “As I began my studies in art school it became clear to me: all artists are, at one time or another, displaced.”

Evelyn Serrano, a member of CalArt’s faculty, saw the potential for Breen’s trailer to be used in the NOMAD LAB, a program based in the nearby crime-riddled Valle del Oro neighborhood of Santa Clarita, which brings the Arts and other programs and activities to youths and families living in the gang- and crime-infested community. Breen brings the trailer to the Valle del Oro community periodically to be used as part of the NOMAD LAB’s architectural workshop.

“The youths have been learning about basic architecture principles, and as part of the architecture process they investigate the meaning of ‘home’ and ‘community’ in a neighborhood that is challenged by rising gang violence and drug trade,” Serrano said.

The trailer also serves as an exhibition and screening space for the youths’ films and artwork. The next step is to lead workshops on “green” architecture and home building topics, including insulation, for the community’s young people.

In August, Breen installed the Thermablok aerogel insulation strips to the gutted Spartan as the first part of the “Trailer Trash” project’s thorough refurbishment using safe, clean, and renewable materials. Valle del Oro youths will learn about green insulating materials in the process, as they participate in the trailer’s renovation.

“It is always a privilege to be a part of a program that helps young people learn more about sustainable building materials like Thermablok,” said Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Thermablok and its parent company, Acoustiblok, Inc.

“To be able to donate our Thermablok aerogel strips for use in a NOMAD LAB project is particularly exciting, since it targets children and families who live in conditions that harbor poverty and crime,” Johnson said. “This is a perfect example of how small businesses can do their part in educating and providing a better future for children and families stuck in some of America’s harshest communities.”

About Thermablok:

Acoustiblok, Inc., Thermablok’s parent company, received international attention for Thermablok’s role in the prestigious 2009 Solar Decathlon competition, in which the energy-conserving house built by architectural students at California College of the Arts (CCA) and Santa Clara University (SCU) won first place in the Architecture division with its state-of-the-art Refract House. Thermablok was featured in the Refract House, chosen for inclusion because of its incomparable insulating properties, the highest in existence.

Made in the USA, Thermablok is 100-percent recyclable, impervious to moisture and mold, and unaffected by age. Green, energy-conscious architects are currently incorporating this latest answer to energy conservation and reducing CO2 emissions.

Just one, 3/8-inch x 1½-inch (10mm x 38mm) strip of Thermablok aerogel insulation added to only the edge of each stud before hanging drywall breaks the conductive “thermal bridging” and can increase the overall wall R-factor by more than 40-percent (US Department of Energy/JM Laboratories). NASA named Thermablok aerogel insulating material to its prestigious “Spinoff” list of companies that have successfully adapted NASA technology to everyday products and made them available to consumers.

Thermablok is most often used in construction as a preventative measure against thermal bridging. It was most recently used by Rice University student to insulate a portable solar autoclave, providing health practitioners the ability to sterilize medical instruments in Haiti and other impoverished regions worldwide where electricity is unavailable.

Thermablok and its parent company Acoustiblok, Inc., is proud to focus its research and

product manufacturing 100-percent made in the U.S.A. resources on environmentally important projects for the worldwide community. For more information, visit the website, email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels Quiet Industrial Vacuum Pumps

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 @ 05:59 PM

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By installing Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels around four extremely high decibel vacuum pumps, a Wisconsin-based pizza crust manufacturer brought noise levels down to levels below OSHA standards – low enough to protect the hearing and health of staff working around the pumps without requiring industrial earplugs.

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin, August 8, 2011 – A Green Bay pizza crust manufacturer has installed Acoustiblok® All Weather Sound Panels around four high decibel, industrial vacuum pumps to bring noise levels in their plants down to OSHA demands.

Alive and Kickin’ Plant Engineer Dennis Dolski said the original intention was to find a product that would reduce the high noise levels that were making working conditions unbearable for employees who worked within 10- to 30-feet of the plant’s 90- to 95-decibel vacuum pumps, which operate 24 hours per day, six days per week.

“The driving force was the protection of our employees, and we became cognizant of OSHA standards for noise in the workplace,” Dolski said. “But we were also dealing with an extremely high heat issue, so we needed a sound deadening product that would also allow us to address ventilation needs, and the All Weather Sound Panels suited the project perfectly.”

With  advice from Acoustiblok consultant Jay Boland, Dolski said that they used Acoustiblok’s four- by four-foot and four- by eight panels to create enclosures around each vacuum pump, allowing fans to be installed in the bottom of each unit for ventilation.

“We tried a few different noise abatement measures, but everything we came across was costly for the company and a pain for the employees,” he said.  “They were thrilled after the panels went in and they no longer had to wear ear plugs, everybody’s thrilled with the results of the panels.”

Port City Bakery, Inc., parent company of Alive and Kickin’ Pizza, hired Loss Control Consultant Dan Dudly of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company to conduct sound level meter testing of the vacuum pumps after the Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels were installed, with calculations done in accordance to OSHA guidelines.

According to Dudly’s report, measurements were made utilizing procedures outlined by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Readings were taken on the A‐scale, slow response network defined by ANSI S1.4 for Type II sound level meters. Noise level measurements were obtained using a Quest Electronics Micro‐15 / set in the integrating sound level measurement mode. The meter was calibrated both prior to and following use, with a Quest Electronics QC‐10 calibrator. The integration time was set at one second.

“The most significant reduction in noise occurred when you enclosed the four vacuum pumps,” Dudly said.  “(Alive and Kickin’ Pizza) reduced the noise levels under OSHA’s Action Level of 85 decibels.”

In fact, the noise levels were reduced to a measurement of between 70- and 79- decibels (representing a 75-percent reduction in sound to the human ear) Dolski said, depending on the amount of ambient noise coming from other parts of the plant.

“By taking matters into their own hands and hiring a loss control expert to help them get their plant’s noise levels well below OSHA standards, Alive and Kickin’ Pizza and its parent company, Port City Bakery, are a model of excellence and responsibility when it comes to employee safety and health standards in the workplace,” said Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc.

Workplace noise, particularly in industrial settings, has been proven to cause serious health and hearing problems to employees. Our All Weather Sound Panels provide an excellent noise barrier in industrial settings like this manufacturing plant, and were built to withstand tough conditions that are part and parcel in this type of environment.”

About Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels:

Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels are engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, UV, chlorine air, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals are no problem.

Acoustiblok's All Weather Sound Panels, for use indoors or outdoors, are washable, durable, long lasting and usable in hundreds of areas and applications.  These panels have an unprecedented noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 1.00 (Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories test results), and are the only noise barrier wind-load tested to 270 mph. Rigid and self-supporting, they can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose any noise source, such as chillers and industrial machinery.

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, visit the website at www.Acoustiblok.com, email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980.1400.

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Acoustiblok Products Quiet Generator in DIY Soundproofing Project

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 @ 02:44 PM

Acoustifence and QuietFiber are combined in a weekend DIY soundproofing project for a Maryland homeowner looking to quiet his backyard emergency generator.

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ROCKVILLE, Maryland, August 1, 2011 --  Maryland resident John Rachlin spent one weekend in July building and installing a noise deadening barrier around his home emergency generator unit using Acoustiblok sound reduction materials, a DIY project intended to bring the generator’s noise levels down to local compliance levels, while sparing his neighbors from the unit’s high decibel screech when in use.

Rachlin, an investment banker and self-proclaimed “slightly handy” do-it-yourselfer purchased the emergency generator to insure power during Montgomery County’s notorious power outages that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

After moving into his newly built house in a densely populated subdivision, Rachlin decided that installing the generator was a necessity, but the noise levels from the brand new unit were registering much higher than the manufacturer’s estimate.

Using a decibel reader, Rachlin measured normal levels, without the generator on, at 50-decibels (which included ambient noise from neighbors’ HVAC units and other normal background sounds), and between 78- and 80-decibels with the generator running.

“I decided to do something about soundproofing the unit before the neighbors had a chance to complain,” Rachlin said. “I wanted to create a low-sound environment for my neighbors and my family.

“I also was concerned that the generator was exceeding Montgomery County’s fairly strict noise ordinances.”

Rachlin began by building an enclosure using pressure treated lumber that matched his property’s perimeter fence to maintain the nicely appointed atmosphere of his yard and patio area. Once built, he lined the enclosure first with (1/8-inch) Acoustiblok noise deadening material, and topped it with QuietFiber noise absorbing material. Rachlin said he had researched soundproofing options extensively before singling out Acoustiblok over three other similar companies. (Acoustiblok’s website lists actual independent lab test results on its noise abatement products.)

With installation guidance provided by Paul Getts, a sound consultant with Acoustiblok, Inc., Rachlin was able to attach the Acoustiblok to the wood surface using small screws with ½-inch washers to, which provided the sound blocking measure he needed. He followed up by attaching QuietFiber on top of the Acoustiblok to add a level of noise absorption to the project.

“It took three days and many gallons of water to keep me hydrated, because we’ve had record heat levels up here this summer,” Rachlin said. “But I was able to complete the entire project myself in one weekend, which made my wife very happy.”

Rachlin measured the results of the enclosure after the soundproofing application was complete, and said the result was a noise reduction of more than 10-decibels, which translated to more than 50-percent reduction in perceived sound. Since the unit needs to remain open on one side to prevent obstruction to the air-cooled engine, which he accomplished with ventilating latticework at the base of the enclosure, Rachlin attached QuietFiber to the inside of the generator’s  top lid and front panel, resulting in an additional four- to five-decibel reduction.

“Montgomery County has an infrastructure that dates back to the 1930’s and is all above ground,” Rachlin said. “We are extremely susceptible to power outages, and have lost one too many freezers filled with meat, and spent more than enough hot Maryland summer days with no air conditioning when the power went out.

“When we built this house, we knew that we had to have a generator in place. The final step was making it quiet enough to be good neighbors, keep the noise ordinance officials happy, and enjoy having power when we need it.”

Generator noise is a growing problem everywhere, especially in residential neighborhoods, where multiple units can be running at once after a storm or power outage,” said Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc. “This is the type of noise that contributes to noise pollution and the health risks that go along with it. People are becoming more proactive about creating a quiet environment, especially at home.

“Mr. Rachlin’s project represents just one of the ingenious ways ordinary homeowners can take on a soundproofing project themselves and make it into a satisfying DIY weekend project. We are proud of our innovative noise deadening products that people can work with to achieve soundproofing at home without the need to hire contractors or installation experts.”

Acoustiblok sound reduction material is made of a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density, non-barium mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible. It is easily cut to fit with a box cutter, which makes it customizable to fit around pipes and other fixtures. Just one thin layer of Acoustiblok added to a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12-inches (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

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 1800-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.

For more information or to view a video of Acoustiblok’s noise reduction capabilities, visit the website at www.acoustiblok.com, email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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