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Ontario College Installs Acoustiblok to End Noise in Classrooms

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

Acoustiblok Soundproofing Material installed in Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario

ONTARIO, Canada, February 16, 2012 – In response to complaints that noise from the school cafeteria and loud plumbing rendered two classrooms unusable to students and teachers, Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario has installed Acoustiblok® in two classrooms to reduce noise leaking from a busy cafeteria below.

Fleming College Facilities Manager Mike Peart decided to install Acoustiblok 3mm noise abatement material after researching sound deadening products to find an affordable solution, and discussing his options with Steve Hibbens, an acoustical consultant from Acoustiblok, Inc.

Acoustiblok Soundproofing Material installed in classroomPeart said that the cafeteria noise was infiltrating the classroom above it through the wall cavity and a series of exhaust vents that acted as a conduit for noise between the floors. This type of noise problem is not uncommon in schools and other public and commercial buildings that were designed and built without acoustical principles in mind.

The noise permeating the classroom created a serious distraction for students and teachers, and eventually the classroom had to be abandoned until the problem could be resolved. Fleming College hired Beavermead Construction of Peterborough to install Acoustiblok on the walls and in the drop ceiling of the first classroom, resulting in a 12 decibel sound decrease.

“The room measured at 58 dBs before we installed Acoustiblok, and it measured at 46 dBs as soon as the installation was complete,” Peart said. “We are really impressed with it; it did exactly what we were told it would do.”

John Kraetzer of Beavermead Construction said the product went in easily, and made such an impact on the noise problem that his company decided to purchase it for another Peterborough project he was working on, a government building that required soundproofing between government building offices and a prayer center that shared a common wall.

“They told us to use a product called Green Glue, but we had already installed the Acoustiblok at Fleming College and I knew how well it worked there, so I decided to use it on this project as well,” Kraetzer said.

“They were thrilled with the results too.”

After the first installation, Peart said he had Acoustiblok installed in a second classroom plagued with noise problems coming from plumbing pipes within the wall, with the same excellent results they had in the first classroom.

“We’re really happy with the Acoustiblok treatments,” Peart said.

Acoustiblok Founder and President Lahnie Johnson says that the Acoustiblok noise abatement material is the perfect solution to classroom noise, particularly in academic buildings designed before architects began taking acoustics into account in their designs.

"The hollow walls and multiple vents between the cafeteria below and the classroom couldn't have been more effective in creating a noise chamber," Johnson said. "This type of design flaw is not uncommon in late 20th century public building design architecture, and many schools are now being forced to address the issue when classrooms become too noisy to be useful.

"We are finding that more and more academic institutions - from elementary schools to universities - are struggling with noise problems that are easily remedied with Acoustiblok."

About Acoustiblok:   

Acoustiblok’s high quality noise abatement products, available 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 undetectable trace amounts of heat.

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, barium, or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL rated and classified in the US and Canada (CUL) for virtually all wall, floor, and ceiling installations.

For more information visit the Acoustiblok website, Email mailto:sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980-1400.

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Thermablok® Aerogel Strips installed in U.S. Border Patrol Station

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 @ 05:19 PM

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Contractors installed 21,000 linear feet of Thermablok aerogel insulating strips as an eco-friendly measure to prevent thermal bridging at the newly constructed Fabens U.S. Border Patrol Station in Clint, Texas.

CLINT, Texas, February 1, 2012 — Crews working construction on the environmentally sustainable Fabens U.S. Border Patrol Station in Clint, Texas have just completed installing 21,000 linear feet of Thermablok® aerogel insulating strips on studs throughout the 51,000 square foot facility.

Incorporating NASA aerogel technology, Thermablok reduces thermal bridging (heat transfer) – the prime cause of energy loss in buildings. When RVK Architects of San Antonio collaborated with Jacobs Engineering Group of Houston to design the eco-friendly structure already years in the planning, they included Thermablok in the original design.

Thermablok consultant Marilyn Myers of Acoustiblok, Inc. advised Marco Barrio, architectural QC/BIM specialist for the project’s General Contractor, SpawGlass, on the product.

“We had to look it up, we had never heard of Thermablok before,” said Barrio, who helped install the aerogel insulation strips. “Being an eco-friendly product is what led the architects to it; we were impressed with what we learned about it.”

Barrios said the strips went up easily since they have peel and stick adhesive already attached to the back of the product. The facility is fitted with solar heaters, sky lights, glazed windows, and energy efficient equipment for a low carbon footprint.

The compound consists of five structures that include a 50,585-square-foot patrol station with administrative offices, holding/detention spaces, and training rooms; a 9,834 square foot maintenance building with storage; fueling stations; vehicle washing station; and canine shelter and horse corral.

The site, scheduled for completion in June, 2012 will include controlled access, staff and visitor parking, an impound lot and helicopter landing pad.

Construction at the site, about 30 miles southeast of El Paso along the Rio Grande, began in April 2011, seven months after SpawGlass was awarded the contract in September 2010.

“It’s exciting to see Thermablok used in such an environmentally sensitive area,” said Lahnie Johnson, president of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida. Acoustiblok is the parent company of Thermablok.

“Thermal bridging is the number one cause of wasted energy from buildings, and this is the perfect application for Thermablok, in the dessert climate of South Texas. We are providing an environmentally sound answer to thermal bridging using aerogel technology – the highest insulating material known to exist.

“We expect Thermablok will set a new standard in green design and construction for preventing energy from leaking out of the building envelope.”

SpawGlass is a Houston-based general contractor, construction manager, design/builder and civil contractor with expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and green building, serving clients in corporate, higher education, healthcare, government/public, senior/campus living and more.

The Fabens Station’s area of responsibility encompasses 24 miles of International Boundary. The continuous 24 miles of rough desert and Rio Grande terrain are a hotbed for illegal trafficking of aliens and drugs. The primary duty of the Fabens border patrol agents is linewatch operations.

About Thermablok:

Made in the USA, aerogel-based Thermablok is 100 percent recyclable, impervious to moisture and mold, and unaffected by age. Green, energy-conscious architects and builders are currently incorporating this new NASA aerogel technology into energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction.

Just one, 1/4-inch x 1½-inch (10mm x 38mm) strip of Thermablok aerogel insulation applied to 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.

For more information, visit the Thermablok website, email 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
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Tags: aerogel, aerogel insulation, thermal bridging, insulation, thermal insulation, aerogel insulating material