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Acoustiblok® Provides Kennel Neighbors with Peace and Quiet

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

Installing Acoustiblokkennel

Building or retrofitting a kennel can present some unique challenges for dog-loving entrepreneurs, but if engineered properly a kennel can and should be an affordable, quiet, and neighbor-friendly facility.

When Deb and Jon B. hired contractors to design and build their 28 x 60-foot dog kennel in rural Iowa back in 2003, their decades-long dream of housing and caring for their farm community’s canines quickly turned nightmarish when one neighbor complained that the noise from the barking was affecting his health.

The neighbor insisted that the noise of the dogs barking was loud enough to not only interfere with his sleep, but with his quality of life during the day as well, and indeed the noise level did exceed the county’s EPA sound level limits (as do most kennels.)

The couple learned about Acoustiblok only after a series of legal headaches and illadvised fixes like custom built “sound-blocking” panels and custom-made “husher” acoustical curtains did nothing to appease the neighbor’s complaints. Despite each new fix, the police got involved, and soon the courts became involved.

By 2005, contractors hired by the couple had sealed windows and completely enclosed the dog run in order to address the noise problem.

“It took away the dogs’ visibility, and completely changed the look of the building,” Deb said. “It began to look like a jail, and still it did not significantly reduce the noise level.”

With legal and construction costs piling up, Deb came very close to closing shop and returning to her previous work as an insurance adjuster. In April 2009, the couple held a farm sale to raise money for their legal expenses;

The situation had become bleak, until a local lumberyard operator suggested she look into Acoustiblok. Deb decided to give the Tampa, Florida-based company a call. That phone call changed everything.

“I had a significant business at stake,” she said. “I was beside myself when I made the call to Acoustiblok; this conflict had ripped our lives apart.

“How I wish I knew then what I have learned now from the people at Acoustiblok.”

The UL approved Acoustiblok material is a unique soundproofing material which has taken years to develop. Just one thin, 1/8-inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard stud wall can reduce more sound than 12-inches of concrete. The soft flexible material is 4.5 feet wide and is available in 30, 60, or 350-foot rolls.

Acoustiblok is usually stapled or screwed to studs before drywalling. It is a fire rated proprietary formula, heavy mineral filled, viscoelastic polymer which is easily cut with a utility knife.

While other materials attempt to block or absorb sound, Acoustiblok does neither. As the heavy, limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, it actually transforms the acoustical energy into inaudible friction energy in a process sometimes referred to as "isothermal adiabatic".

Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing, works on precisely the same basis
and has exactly the same sound transmission classification (STC) rating.

Steve Hibbens, an Acoustiblok acoustical consultant, spoke with Deb at length regarding her kennel and helped her formulate a game plan for addressing her architectural challenges and utilizing Acoustiblok to her best advantage. Before installation began,
Acoustiblok consultants held a conference call with the couple’s contractor to advise on the installation process for maximum benefit.

“It’s not just about using our material, but also applying sound abatement construction techniques that work together with Acoustiblok for maximum sound reduction,” Hibbens said.

Contractor Dave Hanson removed the kennel’s aluminum siding and took the kennel down to the metal studs. Installation took about 18 hours, as Hanson and one employee installed Acoustiblok one segment at a time so that the dogs did not have to be displaced in the process.

Eco-friendly Acoustiblok is safe for the dogs and kennel personnel; it contains no lead, barium, or asbestos, is UV resistant, impervious to water and mold, and is UL fire rated
and classified for wall, floor and ceiling installations as well as industrial applications.

In addition to Acoustiblok, Hanson replaced the existing windows with triple pane, low RE windows for a combined effect so impressive, he said he will recommend Acoustiblok in future construction and retrofitting projects. “If sound is a problem, this is the product to use,” Hanson said.

Deb was impressed as well. In fact, she is so convinced that the guidance of Acoustiblok experts and the effectiveness of the product itself has made such a profound impact on the quality of her life, she has become something of an acoustical expert in her own right. Her next project includes adding Acoustiblok ceiling tiles in the kennel, and hanging strategically placed Acoustifence on the property for complete sound abatement.

As her business flourishes, she sees the improvements as an affordable and effective investment in the future.

“I have learned so much from your company,” Deb said. “Acoustiblok has saved our lifestyle, saved our kennel, and allowed us to continue doing what we waited our whole lives to do.”

For more information, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, or e-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com.

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

Tags: noise abatement, noise control, sound abatement, soundproofing material, block noise, kennel, dog barking

Acoustifence on Berm Reduces Outdoor Noise Pollution

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

acoustifence installdrawing of how Acoustifence witha berm stops sound

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

Tags: Acoustifence, acoustical fence, sound barrier, acoustical fencing, noise abatement, sound abatement, unwanted sound, urban landscaping, berm, block noise