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Acoustifence Barrier Reduces Construction Noise at $55 Million Santa Monica High School Technology Building Improvement Project

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 01:20 PM

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SANTA MONICA, CALIF., May 21, 2013 – A towering and stout zig zag-shaped construction fence that spans nearly 800 feet long and is lined with Acoustiblok, Inc.’s Acoustifence soundproofing material at the Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) Science & Technology Building Project has helped reduce construction noise for students and the local community by 10 decibels each day over the past two years. A 10 decibel decrease in sound level cuts perceived loudness to the human ear in half, making this black colored acoustic fence very “green.”

If all sections of this acoustical construction fence were linked together in a line, it would span nearly two and a half football fields and be as tall as a two to three story commercial building in some sections. Why is this much fencing needed? This three year, $55 million improvement project entails reconfiguring a 5.2-acre northern portion of the existing 26-acre school campus. The school is located in a densely populated area of posh Santa Monica near businesses and residential dwellings.

An existing softball field was demolished and a new modern 97,000 square-foot science and technology building is being built in its place. Once completed, the old science and technology building will be demolished and a new softball field will be built in its place. The Acoustifence construction barrier will moved and reused to mitigate noise escaping to the nearby neighborhoods during various phases of the project. Additional outdoor site improvements are being constructed as well on the SAMOHI campus. The construction project began in December 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in winter 2014. It is approximately 48 percent complete at the time of the writing of this news article. More information about the project can be found at: http://fip.smmusd.org/santamonica.html

Acoustifence is a modern day acoustical soundproofing product developed by Tampa, Fla.-based Acoustiblok, Inc. It’s an advanced material sound barrier that is placed between a noise source and the noise receiver. The Acoustifence material easily attaches to chain link fences and comes in large sections and in custom made sizes, making it ideal for construction fence applications that require a soundproofing element at the construction site. Acoustifence material is extremely strong and was engineered to withstand harsh outdoor environments like construction sites and highway environments. Full exposure to dirt, grease, oil, mold or even being driven over is not a problem for the Acoustifence.

The word “green” refers to environmentally-preferable attributes of a product, service, and/or technology. The 1/8” thick Acoustifence is a unique proprietary formula. It is a heavy mineral filled viscoelastic polymer material that is made in the United States from all USA made material. Acoustifence is 100 percent made in the United States. It does not contain lead, asbestos, or barium and is UV-resistant and impervious to water and mold. Graffiti, a real consideration in a school area, is easily removed compared to other surfaces. Acoustifence has had proven success in many demanding applications and is an effective defense against outdoor noise pollution.

A construction project this large isn’t simple or easy. It’s messy, noisy and can disturb the usual flow for people around the construction site. The school district was committed to minimizing disruption to students, staff and nearby neighbors during the construction. Mitigating construction noise and dust going into the school and neighborhoods located directly across the street had to be addressed by project planners. The main high school building is located within very close proximity of the construction area. Single family homes, apartment complexes and businesses are located in areas across the street from the campus.

Project planners decided early on that acoustical barriers will be in place to reduce noise levels for classrooms and neighbors and that the construction area will be separated from the working campus by a safety fence and that

“This 5.2-acre construction site is very spread out. Controlling noise from heavy machines, demolition, and construction activities can be challenging at large construction sites located in densely populated areas,” said Glenn Nadalet, Senior Construction Manager for Parsons/CCM.

Two sides of the Acoustifence barrier are being used to protect the neighborhood and the other portion protects the school. Temporary chain link construction fencing is commonly used at construction sites to help prevent theft and damage to machinery, equipment, and property, as well as provide security for the construction crew.

Santa Monica AB Website Main photos for AB Website 3Construction noise may negatively impact those around a construction site. The SAMOHI construction project Acoustifence ranges in height from 14-20 feet at different parts of the construction site and zigzags around the perimeter near the street and the existing school building. In addition to the construction fence, Acoustifence soundproofing material was draped over the side of the top portion of the school building to help make the second floor quieter for students during construction.

“Our heavy equipment machines emit between 90-100 decibels of noise while operating depending on the machine itself. Throughout the day, these machines are sometimes located 250-300 feet away from the school building making it virtually impossible to contain all the noise,” Nadalet said.

Heavy equipment machines are needed to build large buildings and rebuild a large area like at Santa Monica High School. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, noise from various construction machines can range from 70-95 decibels at 50 feet. One front loader can reach approximately 83 decibels; scrapers, graders and backhoes approximately 92 decibels; concrete mixers and cranes approximately 88 decibels, earth moving tractors can reach approximately 95 decibels. A single jackhammer can reach nearly 100 decibels and a pile driver reaches approximately 105 decibels. So a 10-decibel decrease in construction noise significantly helps to keep it within a more tolerable range.

Santa Monica AB Website Main photos for AB Website 4“The Acoustifence noise barrier wall is located about 10 feet from the school building so our machines are not always located within close proximity to the noise barrier fence. We work hard to keep construction noise as minimal as possible while moving the project forward to meet our deadlines,” Nadalet said.

Noise intensity is measured in decibel units. The decibel scale is logarithmic; each 10-decibel increase represents a tenfold increase in noise intensity. Human perception of loudness also conforms to a logarithmic scale; a 10-decibel increase is perceived as roughly a doubling of loudness and a 10-decibel decrease is perceived as half as loud. A typical conversation occurs at 60 decibels – not loud enough to cause damage. If a sound reaches 85 decibels or stronger, it can cause permanent damage to a person’s hearing with prolonged exposure. The amount of time a person listens to a sound affects how much damage it will cause.

“The Acoustifence is psychologically positive for the students, teachers and administrators at the school. It gives them confidence that we are taking care of their noise concerns. We believe we get about a 10 decibel decrease in construction-related noise for the neighbors and school with the Acoustifence barrier,” Nadalet said.

Acoustiblok now also produces beautiful landscape covers for its fences. Since the covers are an actual photograph of different scenery, such as foliage, flowers, brick, or stones, it is virtually indistinguishable and many say better than real life.

Marilyn Myers is Acoustiblok’s Chief Operating Officer who worked on the Santa Monica Fence project. “All our noise barrier products are affected by where they are positioned in reference to the noise source, the distance between the noise source and the noise receiver, the height of the barrier, and the type of environment they are in. The amount of noise Acoustifence reduces is also much related to other reflective structures in the area,” she said.

The Public Works Division of FenceCorp, a leading California fencing company based in Riverside, Calif., won the bid to install the large temporary acoustic fence for the project. Acoustiblok’s Acoustifence material was considered to be the best choice for its proven performance and ease of installation.

Ira Schechtel, Manager of FenceCorp’s Temporary Rental Fence Division at the Oceanside, Calif. Branch, helped oversee the work. He was heavily involved in the bidding and administrative aspects of the project. Schechtel is an experienced fence professional with 30 years experience in the fence industry. He is also the former president of the California Chapter of the American Fence Association.

“Because the cost and human effort associated with the acoustical fence is higher than a typical chain link fence, it was important that we not make mistakes when we built it. We have to do things right the first time to avoid costly mistakes with these types of fences. A mistake on an acoustical fence is much more substantial in terms of dollars per section than typical chain link fences.”

A fence of this magnitude would be a significant financial loss if it failed to adequately reduce noise. To ensure results, Acoustiblok Corporation’s engineering department uses acoustical outdoor modeling software to accurately predict the acoustical results in advance. The software, called Cadna A, was developed in Germany to create cities with reduced noise levels and is considered the most advanced of its kind.

Schechtel and vice presidents Perry Massie and Alan Kay, and Superintendent Kenny Kocek helped oversee the bidding and installation of the Santa Monica Construction Fence project. “The bidding and installation process for a large specialized fence like this takes more time and effort than people may think. Due to the height of the barrier walls, we engineered the large posts and cables to specifically hold the dense and flexible acoustical fence. Even the barriers on the existing building were specifically designed for Acoustifence. It truly takes a team effort to do these things right and be successful in the fencing business.”

“As we do more Acoustifence projects, we are learning what to look for in advance. Each Acoustifence project has its own unique set of environmental, noise and design challenges with our customers. This is not a one size fits all fencing application. There’s more science to them and to be effective, they have to be positioned in the right places around the noise sources. This just adds to our capabilities,” Schechtel added.

Acoustifence is an effective soundproofing solution because it’s a thin outdoor noise blocking material which acoustically performs precisely as lead does, but without the environmental hazard of lead said Myers. Acoustifence comes in 6 X 30 foot sections considered the most effective first step in reducing noise. It’s now being widely used in construction and building environments, at industrial facilities to quiet generator and motor noises, for mass transit rail lines, residential, and in many other outdoor applications where noise has been an unresolved problem she said.

Lahnie Johnson is President and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc. He drives new product development at Acoustiblok. “Acoustical soundproofing materials and products like Acoustifence, Acoustiblok material, Quietfiber, and our indoor and outdoor All Weather Sound Panels compete in specialized niche markets,” he said.

“People are becoming more aware of noise problems and the stress it causes them. Santa Monica High School is just one example. With greater population density and increasing noise pollution and noise control regulations being passed by local, state and federal governments, the soundproofing products and services market is continually on the rise and we’re here to help meet their needs.”

For more information about Acoustifence or other Acoustiblok products visit the Acoustiblok website at www.acoustiblok.com, send an Email to sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

About Acoustiblok

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA Spin-off listed company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets acoustical products, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. Acoustiblok ships soundproofing products to 60 countries around the world.

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About FenceCorp

FenceCorp is a leading California fencing company headquartered in Riverside. The company offers all styles of fencing and has additional office locations in Anaheim, Palmdale, Santa Paula, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Fresno, and Manteca. For more information about FenceCorp, visit them on the web at: www.fencecorp.us

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Acoustifence Reduces Pickleball Court Noise by More Than 50 Percent USA Pickleball Association Test Shows

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

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YUMA, Ariz., April 3, 2013  - Acoustifence soundproofing material placed around a pickleball court reduced noise by 10-12 decibels in a sound meter test conducted by USA Pickleball Association president Bill Booth on April 17, 2012 at the Country Roads RV Village pickleball courts in Yuma, Ariz. This represents more than a 50 percent reduction in sound as perceived by the human ear the report concludes.

Even as one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States continues to gain new participants and fans every day, pickleball is disturbing some neighbors and communities who don’t want the courts around because paddle noise has become a nuisance issue for some people living close to the courts.

In addition to being one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States today, pickleball has spread overseas into Canada, Singapore, India, Pakistan and other places. According to the USA Pickleball Association, the sport boasts an estimated 100,000 adult players in the United States now, more than triple the number in 2003. There are about 2,500 public courts, versus just 150 in 2003.

For decades, the game of pickleball was little known outside the Pacific Northwest United States. Since its inception in 1965 as a backyard pastime, it is now an organized sport represented by national and international governing bodies. While people ages 6 to 70-plus play pickleball and even compete in local, regional and national tournaments, the main driver of the recent growth is the 55-plus demographic who have taken a liking to the sport. They view it as a way to exercise, burn calories, socialize, and get outdoors. More and more pickleball courts are being built in community parks and especially into 55-plus housing developments. Some communities are converting sporadically used tennis courts into pickleball courts or painting additional lines on tennis courts so pickleball can also be played. Pickleball is played on a smaller court size than tennis but has a similar court design.

More courts, participants, tournaments, and attention to the game has brought on more public complaints and even noise or nuisance related lawsuits attempting to stop play on existing courts or stop construction of new courts.

Racquet and paddle sports like tennis, badminton, and table tennis (ping pong) each produce a unique sound when the racquet or paddle hits the ball. In pickleball, there is a “ping, ping” sound made when the paddle hits the ball because the sport uses medium-sized, solid faced wooden, composite or graphite paddles and a hard plastic perforated ball (resembles a Wiffle ball) that is larger, stiffer and less resistant than a tennis ball. The noise generated by the game is louder, sharper and at a higher pitch than tennis which generates a deeper “thwack” sound that registers far lower on a sound meter.

Pickleball paddle noise is in a sound classification called impact noise – noise that occurs when an object collides with another object. It is a high frequency noise that is at a frequency that our ears are most attuned to. Through Acoustiblok’s analysis and modeling efforts of various pickleball noise related projects, the company says there’s one limiting band of approximately 1.25 Khz (1250 hz) that spikes when the paddle hits the ball. Acoustifence blocks much of the noise and reduces it to below a nuisance level for nearby neighbors, becoming barely perceptible among other outdoor background noises such as automobile, airplane, human, and machine noise.

You can hear the pickleball paddle noise for yourself by watching the following YouTube video of a tournament match at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdVMcIDQJlA [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdVMcIDQJlA __title__ USA Pickleball Association nationals competition]

Unlike often tried natural sound barriers such as fences or shrubs, the Acoustifence material does extraordinarily well in not only blocking direct sound, but also has a tendency to reduce sound from reflecting off it. Acoustifence is a revolutionary heavy mineral filled viscoelastic polymer sound deadening material which is only 3mm (1/8 inch) thick. It’s made in the United States and compared to other soundproofing alternatives, is an economical way to reduce outdoor noise.

The ultraviolet (UV) tolerant Acoustifence is hung via grommets onto the top line of existing chain link, panel, security or support pole fencing systems. It comes in 6 X 30 foot-sheets and can be easily cut and shaped into custom sizes with a craft knife. On solid structure fence surfaces, Acoustifence can be installed by nailing, stapling or gluing. Acoustifence is one of the most effective first steps in reducing outdoor noise. The amount of noise Acoustifence reduces however is much related to other reflective structures in the area. More details on Acoustifence can be seen at: http://www.acoustiblok.com/acoustical_fence.php

Country Roads RV Resort is a 55-plus gated community which boasts 150 acres of lavish, mature landscaping and 1294 privately owned home sites. The Acoustifence testing was conducted by USA Pickleball Association president Bill Booth. Tests were made using a Sper Scientific Digital Datalogging Sound Meter (model 840013), a S-Type Composite Extreme Paddle, and New Dura Fast 40 outdoor balls. Tests were made with the tester attempting to hit the ball with maximum force for a worse-case scenario. A series of readings were taken both through the Acoustifence sound curtain and with no sound curtain. Readings were recorded with the meter at 50 feet from the point of impact. In the first case, the reading was even taken through the sound curtain next to a nearby home at a point 42 feet from the sound curtain. The paddle was 8 feet inside the court for a total of 50 feet. The second set of readings was recorded inside the court at a distance of 50 feet from the point of impact.

With no sound curtain, readings ranged from 64.2 – 71.8 decibels for an average of 68 decibels. Through the Acoustifence sound curtain, the meter readings were between 54.7 – 59.2 decibels for an average reading of 56.7 decibels. The report concluded that an 11.3 decibel reduction in sound was achieved. This represents more than a 50 percent reduction in sound as perceived by the human ear by nearby homeowners. That reduction in sound takes the pickleball noise from being annoying to someone to being just barely perceptible, the report conclusion stated. The report also recommended that the Acoustifence product be installed on the inside of the pickleball court if the fence posts are outside the court. The report went on to say that homeowners near the Country Roads RV Village pickleball courts who had the most complaints and lived closest to the courts reported a significant reduction in sound level from having the Acoustifence material up. He said that his wife often does not realize that they are playing on the court. At times, ambient noise significantly exceeded paddle noise.

Lahnie Johnson is president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., a NASA spinoff listed company in Tampa, Fla., that invented and manufactures the Acoustifence product.

“Acoustifence serves as a barrier and blocks high frequency sounds very well. The material actually flexes with certain frequencies. In the process of sound waves physically moving it, the product transforms sound wave energy into inaudible internal friction energy. It’s Underwriters Laboratories listed and has attained an STC (Sound Transmission Class) of 28 decibels in independent laboratory tests,” said Johnson.

“Like all our products, Acoustifence is made in the USA with all USA materials. Besides the primary benefit of reduction in perceived noise levels, there are many reasons why Acoustifence is being used not only in the United States, but across the globe for many applications,” he said.

Paul Getts, is an Acoustiblok sales associate who has worked with various pickleball related customers.

“There are many reasons why Acoustifence is a good solution for pickleball noise. For homeowner associations and developers, Acoustifence easily attaches to existing fencing found around most existing pickleball courts and complexes and can be put up in a matter of hours with a few minor hand tools. It is easily configurable to add height and length so it can be used on fences of any size. The material is paintable to meet the needs of the environment,” said Getts.

“There are vinyl photographic coverings for the fence called Acoustiblok landscapes. Hundreds of different unbelievably realistic landscapes are available, from vines and flowers to even antique brick wall, or stone fence photographs. So real one of our customers drove right by their home forgetting they had it installed,” he added.

“Acoustifence is also one of the best priced first response soundproofing solutions in the industry,” Getts added.

Melissa Wood is community association manager at Country Roads RV Village. In a related World Fence News article about pickleball and Acoustifence, she said, “I can attest that Acoustifence material is not difficult to install, can be easily blended into the aesthetics, particularly if you have existing wind screens.” She added that Country Roads RV Village is located near Phoenix and other communities have seen the installation and have inquired about it.

Besides pickleball, Acoustifence is commonly used to quiet generator and motor noise at industrial sites, highway and construction related noise on bridges, mass transit rail line noise, shooting/gun range noise, and even dog kennel noise. It is also being used at college sports complexes and athletic parks and on private backyard residential fences to create a quieter and more peaceful environment.

“People are discovering that there are a lot of great uses for this modern day soundproofing product,” Johnson said.

Johnson went on to say, “We’re not just a soundproofing products company, we’re a noise solutions company. Sometimes, prior to the sale of Acoustiblok’s products, we perform computer-based sound propagation modeling when customers are unsure if Acoustiblok’s materials will work in their specific application.

“We use advanced software called Cadna-A, a top acoustical software made by DataKustic used in the prediction of environmental outdoor noise. It calculates sounds through mediums and different barriers and terrains. We have used it for pickleball-related customers who all have a different set of circumstances associated with their noise. We also use DataKustic’s Cadna-R software for prediction and presentation of inside noise in industrial facilities, rooms and workplaces.”

“We use this acoustical modeling to say to the potential customer ‘here’s your noise level now without Acoustiblok’s material and here’s the noise level with our material based on the noise information we have available to us right now.’”

For more information about Acoustiblok Inc., or Acoustifence visit the Acoustiblok website (www.acoustiblok.com), send an Email to sales(at)acoustiblok(dot)com, or call 813-965-4373.

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About Acoustiblok – “Quieting the World”

Acoustiblok, Inc, a NASA Spinoff listed company headquartered in Tampa, Fla., provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets lab tested and certified acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® nanotechnology insulation. The company also sells a line of acoustical soundproofing accessory products. Acoustiblok products are used every day primarily in industrial, residential, commercial, building and construction/architectural, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States.

Acoustiblok, Inc. ships products to approximately 60 countries around the world and has a network of stocking distributors both in the United States and internationally. The company operates a wholly owned subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network.

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About Country Roads RV Village, Yuma, Ariz.

Country Roads RV Resort is a 55-plus gated community which boasts 150 acres of lavish, mature landscaping and 1294 privately owned home sites.

http://www.countryroadsyuma.com/

 

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Acoustifence Quiets Noise from Florida Water Treatment Facility

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 @ 02:58 PM

Acoustifence noise barrier quiets a water treament plant in Tampa Bay, FL

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TAMPA, FL, January 16, 2013 – An Acoustifence barrier recently installed near a noisy exposed aerator motor at the Hillsborough County Northwest Regional Facility resulted in an immediate and significant reduction in noise pollution for neighboring residents. 

The facility is part of a 1,500-acre multi-use tract owned by Hillsborough County. It is a Type 1 advanced wastewater treatment facility built to process five million gallons of wastewater per day. The facility is located on a 67-acre parcel of land 10890 South Mobley Road in Hillsborough County Florida. A residential community called Highland Park is located near the county facility.

Last year, members of the Highland Park Residential Community voiced their complaints about loud whining noises coming into their community from the nearby county facility. The facility took action to find a solution to the noise issue. In residential areas, road traffic noise is usually the major source of noise, with air conditioning/heat pumps, generators, construction, and industrial noises also problems typically.

Wastewater is sewage, storm water and water that are used for various purposes around the community. Unless properly treated, wastewater can harm public health and the environment. It is not uncommon across the United States for wastewater treatment facilities like Northwest to be located within hearing range of residents living in a particular area.

The wastewater treatment facility noise source was a 200-HP Carrousel vertical, high efficiency aerator drive motor located on top of the facility’s 24-foot Oxidation Aeration Basin structure according to Flint Seth, general manager of bio solids production and maintenance at the Hillsborough County Northwest Water Reclamation Facility.

Doug Fisher of the Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department worked with Acoustiblok to devise an economical solution consisting of an L-shaped frame barrier with four 6 X 30 foot-Acoustifence outdoor noise reduction panels secured to it. Acoustifence is a product of Acoustiblok Corporation. Witt Fence Company of Riverview, Fla., was contacted by Hillsborough County personnel to install the barrier.

From a technical standpoint, Acoustifence is an advanced sound barrier. A sound barrier, by its own named definition, is put between the noise source and the listener. Some barriers can be made of virtually anything that sound does not penetrate. There are however, differences and distinct advantages in some over others. Unlike a concrete block wall, which in one respect is a good sound barrier, the Acoustifence actually flexes with certain frequencies, especially very low frequencies. In the process of sound waves physically moving it, the product transforms sound wave energy into inaudible internal friction energy. A concrete block wall would not do this. As the Acoustifence is only 1/8 of an inch thick, it is very easy to position it closer to the noise source. The closer a barrier is to the noise source the more restricting it becomes to the initial sound waves.

Acoustiblok Corporation’s Acoustifence product is a unique proprietary formula. It is a heavy mineral filled viscoelastic polymer material that is 1/8 inch thick and made in the United States. It comes in 6 X 30 foot-sheets. It is one of the most effective first steps in reducing noise for many applications including industrial, commercial, and residential. The amount of noise it reduces however is much related to other reflective structures in the area.

Sound pressure is measured in decibels. The average person can hear sounds starting at 0 to 1 decibel. A typical conversation occurs at 60 decibels – not loud enough to cause damage. An idling bulldozer (not bulldozing) is loud enough at 85 decibels that it can cause permanent damage after only 1 work day (8 hours). If a sound reaches 85 decibels or stronger, it can cause permanent damage to a person’s hearing with prolonged exposure. The amount of time a person listens to a sound affects how much damage it will cause.

A noise meter was used to measure the difference in sound before and after the installation of the noise barrier fence at the wastewater facility. Typical noise from these Carrousel vertical aerator motors ranges from 80-83 decibels from three feet away according to the manufacturer. From 10 feet away, the noise measured 79 decibels before installation of the Acoustifence began and registered 69 decibels immediately after the fence was in place. In a 10 decibel decrease in sound level, perceived loudness is cut in half to the human ear.

"While we were pleased with the reduction in sound decibels picked up by the meter, the most significant difference that we noticed was the reduction in noise heard by the ear. The reduction in noise felt significantly higher than what registered on the sound meter," said Seth.

According to OSHA, typical engine noise, mainly caused by mechanical and combustion forces, can typically range from 100 - 121 decibels measured at approximately 10 feet.

Besides the proven and tested sound reduction qualities of Acoustifence, another beneficial quality of the product is that it is quick and easy to install. "Once we determine the technical solution to a noise issue, the installation of our products is not time consuming or labor intensive," said Lahnie Johnson, President and Founder of Acoustiblok.

Installation of the sound barrier at the Hillsborough County facility was fast and they encountered no unexpected problems. "It took only one day to install the barrier and it resulted in an immediate decrease in directional noise for our facility," Seth said.

"Acoustiblok’s success is not just about the products we have invented but more about the innovation of the products in finding solutions for people’s noise problems. For advanced problems, we incorporate state-of-the-art acoustical prediction software modeling. This allows us to really tie down what the results will be in advance of someone’s purchase and of course can result in huge financial savings to the customer," Johnson added.

While the solution to the noise issue at the wastewater treatment facility was not a complex one, it was an effective one for Hillsborough County. "The Acoustifence barrier made a difference and we are very pleased with it. We have not received any new complaints about the motor noise since the installation of the barrier fence so that’s a good sign so far. We are currently planning to build additional barrier fences for some of the other vertical aerator motors we have on site," Seth added.

While Hillsborough County is happy with how the small amount of Acoustifence quieted the large pump, Johnson sees this as the first of literally thousands of similar pumps around the country and overseas hat may need a similar noise abatement solution.

About Acoustiblok – "Quieting the World"

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA "Spin-off" company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets lab tested and certified acoustical products around the world, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

Primary products include Acoustiblok® viscoelastic polymer based soundproofing material, Acoustifence® outdoor noise barrier, All Weather Sound Panels®, QuietFiber® insulating material, Quiet-Cloud® industrial sound absorption panels, Acoustiblok WALLCOVER®, and Thermablok® nanotechnology insulation. The company also sells a line of acoustical soundproofing accessory products. Acoustiblok products are used every day primarily in industrial, residential, commercial, building and construction/architectural, and marine sectors worldwide. The company’s products are made and sourced in the United States.

Acoustiblok Corporation ships products to approximately 60 countries around the world and has a network of stocking distributors both in the United States and internationally. The company operates a wholly owned subsidiary, Acoustiblok Mideast, in Saudi Arabia to augment our distributor network.

 

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Distribution Facility Noise Resolved with Acoustifence Noise Barrier

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 03:47 PM

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AIBONITO, Puerto Rico, May 23, 2012 – Installation of an 18-foot noise barrier utilizing Acoustifence sound blocking material has resolved a noise problem caused by truck traffic to and from the To-Ricos, Ltd. chicken processing and distribution facility in Albonito, Puerto Rico.

A common problem at industrial plants across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, trucks at the To-Ricos facility arrive day and night to be loaded and unloaded, and are often left idling for hours. The loud noise created by the trucks bled into the neighboring residential community, and unable to escape it whether they were indoors or outdoors, neighbors began to complain. Exposure to continuous industrial noise can cause sleeplessness, elevated blood pressure, depression and other health problems.

To-Ricos officials took action by contacting Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok, Inc., a manufacturer of residential and industrial noise abatement solutions. Acoustiblok consultants recommended the 18-foot Acoustifence barrier to block the truck noise from escaping into the neighboring community without interfering with the trucks’ ability to perform their functions and keep the plant operational.

Acoustifence is a thin outdoor noise blocking material which acoustically performs precisely as lead does, but without the environmental hazard of lead. It is now widely used in industrial environments, highways, construction sites, mass transit rail lines and in many other outdoor applications where noise is a problem.

Plant personnel constructed an 18 foot metal frame to support the Acoustifence sections, which was easily attached thanks to anodized brass eyelets installed along the top and bottom edge of each section, using heavy duty nylon ties included with the product.

“Acoustifence is becoming more popular for industrial applications like this one, where truck and traffic noise is bleeding into the surrounding communities and literally disrupting people’s lives,” said Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“To-Ricos has proven itself to be a good neighbor by addressing the noise problem as soon as they became aware of it, allowing us to help them design and fulfill a noise barrier solution that works and can last for years in their tropical island environment.”

 

To-Ricos is a division of the Pilgrim’s Corporation, the world’s second largest chicken producer headquartered in Greeley, Colorado.

About Acoustifence:  

Acoustiblok, Inc., a NASA spin-off company, has been providing high quality noise abatement products since 1998, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, consumers, and even the British House of Commons. 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 to any existing fence or structure.

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.

Acoustifence has proven performance and is easily suspended from a chain link fence, eliminating the need for expensive permitting or structural requirements. Any height can be obtained by simply overlapping the sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet into less than a 12-inch diameter. Independent lab tests of the U.S.-made Acoustifence material show a sound transmission classification (STC) of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent sound reduction. However, results will be less, relative to surrounding sound reflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

Acoustiblok, Inc. also has available high quality landscape attachments which fit directly over the Acoustifence to provide a realistic landscape appearance. A variety of landscape attachments are available to choose from, including floral gardens, green meadows, English garden walls, and other scenic illustrations to blend into any natural backdrop or enhance an unfinished yard or property.

For more information on Acoustifence, visit the Acoustiblok website, call 813-980-1400, or E-mail sales@acoustiblok.com.

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Acoustifence® Noise Barrier Cuts Restaurant Exhaust Fan Noise In Half

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 04:23 PM

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Using 4 x 4 posts and Acoustifence material, Provincetown, Massachusetts contractor Deborah Paine built a framed noise barrier to block the ear-piercing sound emanating from a Restaurant situated just feet away from a neighboring three-story apartment building.

PROVINCETOWN, MASS (USA), SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 – Residents of a small apartment building set just three-feet from the high decibel exhaust fan of a neighboring restaurant are sleeping easier tonight, thanks to a newly constructed sound barrier utilizing Acoustifence noise abatement material that cut the noise in half.

After discussing soundproofing options with Steve Hibbens, an acoustical consultant at Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, Provincetown building contractor Deborah Paine, who happens to reside in the affected apartment building, collaborated with the building’s owner and the owner of Sal’s Place Restaurant to design and build a noise barrier enclosure around the fan. Using pressure treated wood to create a support structure for the Acoustifence soundproofing material, Paine built a nine-foot-tall structure, with a hinged door to provide access for maintenance of the fan, and an exhaust port at the top of the unit facing the street, to provide unrestricted air flow.

The 1600 CFM industrial exhaust fan was installed midsummer, when Massachusetts was already experiencing record-breaking temperatures exceeding 97-degrees. Measuring 75 decibels, the fan was so loud that apartment residents had to close their windows despite the scorching weather just to get relief from the noise and greasy air blasting directly at their apartments from the fan.

Paine, owner of Deborah Paine, Inc., a design/build firm in neighboring Truro Massachusetts, says she has designed and installed soundproofing in previous projects over the years. She decided to use Acoustifence, a product of the Acoustiblok Corporation, for the first time with this project.

“We have purchased noise attenuation material from a Connecticut company in the past, but they’re phenomenally expensive and it turns out that the Acoustifence is a better quality material and more resilient than what we had purchased from the Connecticut company in the past,” she said.

The results, Paine says, are even better than they had hoped for.

“We can open our windows, and we can sleep at night,” Paine said of the 50- to 60-percent noise reduction provided by the single layer Acoustifence noise barrier. Paine used a decibel reader to capture before and after noise levels, which measured 72- to 75-decibels before the Acoustifence noise barrier was put in place, and 62-decibels after.

“We’re still aware of it, and we are considering adding a layer of QuietFiber to the area immediately surrounding the fan to cut the sound even more, but we’re very happy with the 12- to 15-decibel reduction we have already.”

Translated in terms of perceived sound, a 12-decibel reduction cuts the noise level by 56.4-percent, and a 15-decibel reduction cuts noise by 64.64-percent.

“This is a creative and effective application for Acoustifence, which ordinarily can be hung on an existing fence,” said Lahnie Johnson, president of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“Acoustifence is a perfect choice for this type of industrial noise, which is so disruptive to the peace and quiet of close neighbors. Ms. Paine thought this project out carefully and thoroughly in order to create a solution that would benefit all three stories of this apartment building, all of which were exposed to the exasperating fan noise.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

Originally developed as a noise barrier on loud offshore oil rigs, Acoustifence is a simple and economical first-step noise abatement solution for both residential and commercial usage.

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 to any existing fence or structure.  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.

Acoustiblok, Inc. now has available high quality landscape attachments which fit directly over the Acoustifence to provide a realistic landscape appearance. A variety of landscape attachments are available to choose from, including floral gardens, green meadows, English garden walls, and other scenic illustrations to blend into any natural backdrop or enhance an unfinished yard or property.

Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as being one of NASA’s Top 49 Spinoff companies.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway and high speed rail environments, construction sites, and industrial plants, and can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet. Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material show a sound transmission classification (STC) of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. However, results will be less, relative to surrounding sound reflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

For more information on Acoustifence, visit the website, call 813-980-1400, or email sales@acoustiblok.com.

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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.

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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 sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Acoustifence Provides Noise Reduction for Outdoor Restaurant Music

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @ 03:50 PM

Sound emanating from an outdoor stage at a popular Jupiter, Florida restaurant was creating problems for neighbors and challenging local noise ordinances until Acoustifence noise barrier was installed to keep the peace without sacrificing the restaurant’s live music offerings.

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JUPITER, Florida, June 20, 2011 – The tropical, waterfront setting of Guanabanas restaurant on Florida’s southeast coast invites guests to pull up and dock their boat or arrive by more traditional means, and settle in for a meal, a drink, and most nights, live music. But the acoustics were causing a problem in paradise, as sound from the live music, amplified by the stage’s proximity to the water, was rising to decibel levels above Palm Beach County ordinance limits.

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 (Left) Acoustifence sound barrier attached to perimeter fence before landscaping installation. 
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Guanabana’s Sound Engineer Matt Cahur worked with Paul Getts, an acoustical consultant at Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, to determine the best approach for reducing noise from the outdoor stage during live performances without detracting from the restaurant’s extravagant tropical setting complete with tiki huts and a large customized chickee hut bar, giving the property a definitive Caribbean flavor.

Guanabana’s utilizes a wide variety of Florida’s lush tropical vegetation and woods for all of its décor. The stage, tables, chairs, fencing and all wooden structures are made of Florida pine and bamboo.

The property itself is generously landscaped with palms, ferns, bromeliads, gladiolus and a variety of additional native flora.

The challenge was to find an effective sound barrier that would meet, or even surpass local noise ordinance limits without interfering with the meticulously designed property.

“We’ve tried a lot of different sound abatement solutions to stop the noise bleed from our property during the live performances, but nothing worked,” Cahur said.

“We have been searching for the right product that will not only address the sound issue, which is exacerbated because of the sound reflecting off the water, but one that we can conceal within the décor.

“Acoustifence met every single requirement, from a technical, structural, sound, and design perspective.”

Cahur said the Acoustifence material was easily hung on top of the property’s existing fence, and then concealed with the restaurant’s trademark tropical landscaping, resulting in a sound barrier that is completely undetectable to restaurant guests. Acoustifence was also hung on the stage door and walls, and concealed with natural wood planks and other thematic décor.

Since the Acoustifence was installed, Cahur says the live music is in full gear, and the neighbors are no longer left to deal with the loud music emanating from the stage.

“We haven’t gotten a single call since we put the Acoustifence in,” Cahur said.

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., said the application of Acoustifence at Guanabana’s was the perfect combination of sound abatement material and architectural landscaping that can make an outdoor entertainment venue possible almost anywhere.

“We designed Acoustifence to install easily, so that it can be used as a temporary or permanent noise barrier,” Johnson said. “The ultimate use of Acoustifence is to conceal it under vegetation or in a garden setting, which gives the illusion that the vegetation is providing the privacy and noise reduction, which is exactly what Guanabana’s has done with excellent results.

“Since vegetation alone does nothing to reduce sound, concealing Acoustifence under the vegetation to act as a noise barrier is the perfect solution, any way you look at it.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

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.

Acoustiblok, Inc. now has available high quality landscape attachments which fit directly over the Acoustifence to provide a realistic landscape appearance. A variety of landscape attachments are available to choose from, including floral gardens, green meadows, English garden walls, and other scenic illustrations to blend into any natural backdrop or enhance an unfinished yard or property.  Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as being one of NASA’s Top 49 Spinoff companies.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway environments, construction sites, and waste-to-energy plants, and can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet into less than a 12-inch diameter. Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material show a sound transmission classification (STC) of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. However, results will be less, relative to surrounding sound reflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

For more information on Acoustifence, visit the website, call 813-980-1400, or E-mail sales@acoustiblok.com.

 

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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

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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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Acoustifence® Brings Peace and Quiet Back to Seattle Residents

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 @ 05:09 PM

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SEATTLE, Washington – November 2, 2010 -- When the Link light rail system first began running in July 2009, Rainier Valley and Tukwilla residents in south Seattle were unprepared for the screeching, tearing and grating sounds that began filling their air space 20 hours per day, seven days a week.

Sound Transit Authority’s Justin Garrod, project manager for the Link rail system was called upon to find a solution to the high noise level that exceeded federal standards in south Seattle and dramatically interfered with the area residents’ quality of life. After doing the research and trying other methods, Gerrod and his staff discovered Acoustifence, which is comprised of a unique sound deadening material - a perfect temporary fix, Gerrod thought, until a permanent solution could be found.

After simply hanging the Acoustifence from 5,000 feet of guardrail flanking the actual rail tracks, Gerrod quickly realized he had found a permanent solution.

“We’re convinced this is it, this is the answer to the noise problem,” Garrod said. “Acoustifence met all the criteria, it’s cost effective, easy to maintain and an excellent sound deadening material.”

Additionally, installation was easy as the Acoustifence is easily cut to size for a custom fit and attached with supplied industrial strength nylon ties connecting the material to the existing guardrail.

“We combined the Acoustifence material with rail grinding (another noise reduction measure) and the combined results were exactly what we needed,” Garrod said.

When Sound Transit was originally designing the Link light rail system, noise levels were predicted by examining studies on the noise output of other similar light rail transit systems in other cities.

Based on the expected noise levels, mitigation features were designed into the original project. These features included sound-insulating some of the homes along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. in south Seattle and constructing noise walls in Tukwila. Still, the noise deadening measures taken did not work for all areas of Tukwila, with some still exceeding federal standards. (Solid barrier walls do little to mitigate rail noise. Solid walls reflect the noise back at the rail car, which in turn reflects the noise back over the top of the wall.)

Steve Hibbens, rail noise consultant for Acoustiblok, the company that manufactures and distributes Acoustifence, said the solution worked so well, Sound Transit Authority plans to order more of the patented noise abatement material to keep in stock. Hibbens is also working with Atlanta’s rail system, MARTA, implementing Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels to absorb rail noise.

“Sound Transit Authority is really happy with the results,” Hibbens said. “There have been several write-ups about the project success in Seattle area papers.

“The neighbors are happy too.”

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

Acoustifence is a simple and economical noise abatement solution for both residential and industrial usage. 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. Seventy, 125-lb. heavyduty 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 for various applications. Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as being one of NASA’s Top 50 Spinoff companies.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway environments, construction sites and waste-to-energy plants, and can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the sections. To store, Acoustifence sections simply roll up like carpet into less than a 12-inch diameter.

Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material show a sound transmission classification (STC) of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. However, results will be less relative to surrounding soundreflective objects such as buildings or trees and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

Acoustiblok President Lahnie Johnson believes the application potential of Acoustifence to landscaping projects (especially berms) is endless.

“This very simple, economical sound abatement product will quickly become popular in new and existing landscape settings thanks to its unequalled ability to reduce unpleasant exterior noise,” Johnson said. “It boils down to providing a better quality of life for anyone living near any annoying noise source.”

For more information on Acoustifence, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, call us at 813-980-1400, or E-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com.

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Acoustifence on Berm Reduces Outdoor Noise Pollution

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 @ 05:14 PM

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TAMPA, Florida – As any landscape professional already knows, installing trees and vegetation as a visual berm between roadway traffic and residences may be aesthetically pleasing, but these elements are not effective noise control barriers. Acoustiblok Inc., a leader in noise abatement for both inside and outside installations, has announced the release of Acoustifence, a revolutionary new defense against outdoor noise pollution.

The fact is, foliage or trees on earth berms can actually increase noise. Since sound is dispersed in much the same way as light, it will penetrate and reflect off the foliage in all directions, including that side of the berm that is meant to be peaceful and quiet.
Although the higher the berm, the better the sound deflection, it is far more affordable and more practical to increase the berm height by installing Acoustifence than it is to add fill to the berm.

Adding just a six- foot high Acoustifence to the berm not only drastically increases the berm’s blocking protection, it eliminates the sound reflecting off the foliage and into those outdoor spaces that are meant to be serene.

The all-weather Acoustifence can be hung from any substantial structure, such as a chain link or wood fence, or from a pipe frame structure.

A simple and economical noise abatement solution for both residential and industrial usage, Acoustifence is a 1/8-inch (3mm) thick material measuring 6-feet (1.82 meters) high by 30-feet (9.14 meters) long with brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any chain link fence or other framework.

Unlike a berm, wood fence or other standard landscaping barriers which do little to block sound, Acoustifence not only blocks unwelcome outdoor noise, it produces far less reflective sound than a traditional solid (concrete) wall. Easily installed and
removed in less than one hour, entirely impervious to mold and mildew and UV tolerant, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible, making it a one-time purchase that never needs replacing.

The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok ® Corporation, developed and refined over an eight year period for various applications. Acoustiblok is recognized and sold world-wide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as industry publications
including Builder News Magazine.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway environments, construction sites, offshore oil rigs and waste-to-energy plants. Acoustifence can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the Acoustifence panels.

At a construction site, it can be attached to scaffolding or the building structure itself. To store, the Acoustifence panels simply roll up like carpet.

Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material shows an STC of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. However, results will vary relative to surrounding sound-reflective objects such as buildings, machinery, and industry equipment, and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

Acoustifence is 100% recyclable, an environmentally friendly answer to the problem of outdoor noise pollution.

Acoustiblok, Inc. President Lahnie Johnson believes the application potential of Acoustifence to landscaping projects is endless.

“This very simple, economical sound abatement product will be extremely popular in new and existing landscape settings thanks to its unequalled ability to reduce unpleasant exterior noise, allowing a better quality of life for anyone living on the
other side of a highway or any invasive noise source,” he said. “After all, our mission is quieting the world.”

For more information on Acoustifence, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, call us at 813-980-1400, or E-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com.

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

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