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Acoustiblok Named “Best Practice” by Hubspot Internet Marketing

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 @ 01:07 PM

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TAMPA, Florida, January 19, 2012 -- Eighteen months after adopting Hubspot’s all-in-one marketing platform, Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok has increased website traffic by 210 percent, increased organic search leads by 307 percent, and increased customer transactions by 40 percent, contributing to Acoustiblok’s record sales increases in 2011.

Hubspot named Acoustiblok a “Best Practice” customer based on its application of Hubspot marketing tools for website management, blogging, search engine optimization (SEO), lead management, marketing analytics, social media monitoring, and website analysis.

“Being recognized by an industry leader as a “best practice” customer is a real accomplishment, and one we’ve worked hard to achieve,” said Liz Ernst, director of public relations for Acoustiblok, Inc. “We have a small marketing and PR team, and we had been trying different approaches to increasing traffic and drawing attention to our Acoustiblok soundproofing product line, and our Thermablok aerogel insulating strips.

“Hubspot gave us some serious one-on-one attention and guidance to understand where to best devote our efforts for the greatest return on our marketing and PR campaigns.”

Acoustiblok President and Founder Lahnie Johnson says that Hubspot provided the traffic building tools he had been looking for in order to achieve the huge growth goals the company had set for itself.

"We knew we had to get more web traffic, and that more traffic would equate to more leads,” Johnson said. “We were able to use the HubSpot software to help us with our traffic building initiatives, and our leads increased dramatically as our traffic increased.”

HubSpot, Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides an all-in-one marketing software platform used by more than 5000 companies in 34 countries. HubSpot is also the developer of WebsiteGrader.com, a website analysis tool with more than 3 million users. HubSpot, Inc. was founded in 2006.

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 for all wall, floor, and ceiling installations.

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

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

 

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QuietFiber® Noise Reducing Material Installed at LA’s Chic R Lounge

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 02:14 PM

Reverberant noise from the R Lounge's smoking patio was a problem for the LA club's new neighbors. R Lounge managers installed QuietFiber sound absorbing material on the club's urban chic concrete walls by hiding it in plain sight - wrapped in custom fabrics to fit in with the club's upscale decor, and hung like art.

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LOS ANGELES, California, November 15, 2011 –  QuietFiber® noise absorbing material was installed last week in the tony R Lounge in L.A. to address a reverberant noise issue caused when pulsating music from inside the club hit the massive, 14-foot tall hard surface walls and flooring of  the outdoor  smoking patio every time a guest opened the patio doors to step outside.

When complaints from neighbors began to trickle in, club owner Bobbie Rahmani moved immediately to find a noise deadening solution that would not only provide relief to his neighbors, but would not  detract from the club’s high end décor that flowed from inside out. The large, reverse “L” shaped smoking deck needed soundproofing material that would retain its acoustical integrity in the outdoor environment, and just as importantly, be easily camouflaged within the well-appointed patio.

Rahmani’s research led him to Acoustiblok, Inc., where acoustics consultant Paul Getts recommended QuietFiber, a noise absorbing material specifically designed to address reverberant sound. Unlike other sound absorbing products, QuietFiber is designed to be hidden out of sight, or easily adapted to any décor by simply wrapping it in complimentary fabric or upholstery, which is the approach Rahmani chose for his club.

Rahmani purchased 10, 4- by 6-foot panels of QuietFiber, enough to cover all the patio walls’ trouble spots. Eight panels were covered in a sleek, black and white post-modern skyline design fabric that added interest to the space without giving away the panel’s soundproofing purpose.

Another panel was ingeniously covered in a blank white canvas and hung on a large section of wall, providing a backdrop for projected images to create a constantly moving and changing videoscape in the space. This panel provides a fitting artistic element, and no one is the wiser that it is serving a dual purpose – sound absorption and aesthetic interest.

One more panel, hung on a wall directly behind the patio’s elegant outdoor cigar bar, is concealed in fabric identical to the wall treatment, making it virtually undetectable.

“We haven’t had any complaints since we hung the panels, and no news is always good news,” Rahmani said of the noise deadening qualities of the Quiet Fiber treatments.

“I did a lot of research to find the right soundproofing product for the space, and found that other panels that address reverberant sound are extremely expensive and don’t provide the customizable look we needed for this space.

“QuietFiber met all the criteria.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of QuietFiber in the R Lounge is a perfect example of the product’s unique versatility when it comes to addressing reverberant sound without interfering with the design aesthetic of the space.

“We launched our QuietFiber material with this type of environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues in well-appointed residences or businesses like the R Lounge, you can’t hang ordinary sound abatement products because, although they serve a functional purpose, they aren’t necessarily going to look good in the space.

“QuietFiber is the only sound dampening product on the market that can be custom tailored to create a complimentary design element in any space. You have the sound abatement properties you need, in a product that can be completely hidden under a tapestry or in strategic spots throughout the room, or disguised as an artistic element within the space.”

High sound absorbency QuietFiber is a two-inch thick DIY interior noise solution that can be cut to fit and simply hot glued underneath a bar, cabinets, countertops, tables, chairs, behind a wall tapestry or curtains. Slide a QuietFiber “pillow” on top of cabinets, or anywhere else that reverberant noise and echo is a problem.  Easily cut to size with a serrated knife, Quiet Fiber can be concealed almost anywhere.

Used industrially for reducing noise, QuietFiber is a material designed to absorb the maximum amount of sound (NRC 1.00). Fireproof, totally hydrophobic (will not absorb water or moisture), washable, non-deteriorating, mold and mildew-proof, Acoustiblok offers a lifetime warranty on this product.

QuietFiber®, is the answer to any space in need of a quick noise fix that is easy to install anywhere noise is a problem, without spending thousands of dollars to retrofit sound abatement material under drywall, or cover walls with expensive sound panels.

QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, 100-percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the USA.

For more information on QuietFiber, visit the Acoustiblok website (www.acoustiblok.com), send an E-mail (sales@acoustiblok.com), or call 813.980.1400.

 

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Tags: noisy neighbors, reverberant noise, echo, noise abatement, Noise absorption, noise deadening material, boisy club, noisy bar

Acoustiblok® Sound Panels Provide Soundproofing in Husqvarna Showroom

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 @ 03:04 PM

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The Husqvarna showroom space before reverberant noise and echo problems were addressed (Photos 1 and 2). The same space after installation of Acoustiblok Indoor Sound Panels (Photo 3:)

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, October 31, 2011 – Acoustiblok® noise deadening indoor sound panels have been installed in the 4,770 square foot showroom of  Husqvarna Group’s North American corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Husqvarna Group, the world's largest maker of outdoor power tools, opened the massive research and development complex which includes the dealer showroom, in July 2011. But the showroom’s hard surfaces and high, open ceiling created problems with reverberant noise and echo within the structure that made communication difficult.

Husqvarna North American Test Manager Bob Samuelson said they realized early on that they needed to address the noise issue, and began a search for an appropriate noise deadening material.

“The sound quality in there was just no good,” Samuelson said. “We couldn’t understand anything that came over the loud speaker.”

Jay Boland, an acoustical consultant for Acoustiblok, Inc., recommended sound absorbing panels for the large space. Forty-five, 4- by 8-foot and 10, 4- by 6-foot fire resistant glass cloth indoor sound panels were installed on walls throughout the showroom space to provide the highest sound absorption per square foot of any indoor sound panel product available.

Acoustiblok’s Indoor Sound Panels, part of the Acoustiblok QuietCloud® product family, are affordable and easily installed.

“We requested a quote from another soundproofing material manufacturer, and it was way too high,” Samuelson said. “We did some research and found Acoustiblok.

“These panels have worked out great, you can really tell the difference.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says that reverberant sound is a common problem in structures like the Husqvarna showroom, which has an abundance of hard surfaces and high ceilings.

“We resolve reverberant noise and echo in a wide variety of industrial and commercial spaces with our indoor sound panels, or one of our other sound wave and vibration-absorbing products,” Johnson said. “All of our products have the added benefit of providing an attractive, cohesive decorative element that can be worked into the existing décor or design of any building.”

Sweden-based Husqvarna has been in business since 1689, originally established as a rifle maker for the Swedish Army. Today, the brand and worldwide subsidiaries range from lawn sprinklers to robotic demolition equipment.  This new Charlotte R&D facility enables the landscaping arm to be a competitive leader in the green industry, with noise-suppressing back-pack blowers, a line of battery powered hand tools, and a battery powered riding mower among the list of their newest products.  

About Acoustiblok:

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1995, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers.

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

Independent laboratory tests show that just one, 1/8- inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall resulted in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, asbestos, or barium, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold. Acoustiblok is UL classified, recognized, and sold in more than 50 countries.

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

For more information about Acoustiblok products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail sales@acoustiblok.com.

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Paul Getts Named Sales Associate for Acoustiblok, Inc.

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 02:15 PM

Paul Getts named new sales associate

TAMPA, Fla. (USA), May 3, 2011 – Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., has named Paul Getts as the company’s newest sales associate.

Getts, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana has lived in Florida for more than 30 years, and in Tampa for the past three years. Prior to joining the Acoustiblok sales team, Getts  was a statewide outside sales rep for Tampa-based All Solar Power, and a factory rep for both Seabridge Bathing and Aquassure Bathing, which provide bathing products for the disabled.

Getts studied Art and Design at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

 

About Acoustiblok:

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders and consumers. Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is dissipated 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 or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold.

Acoustiblok is UL rated and classified for virtually all wall, floor and ceiling installations.  Acoustiblok was named Builder News Magazine’s 2009 Product of the Year.

For more information about Acoustiblok® products, call (813) 980-1400 or e-mail sales@acoustiblok.com.

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Restaurant Noise Silenced with QuietFiber®

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 @ 10:25 PM

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TAMPA, FLA. (USA), April 7, 2011 – It’s no secret that trying to carry on a conversation in a noisy restaurant can be irritating. Now researchers are saying that background clatter is diminishing the flavor of your food too.  That's according to a January, 2011 study in the journal “Food Quality and Preference” named “Effect of background noise on food perception," by Mark Woods, et al.

Featured in a Scientific American magazine article, the study concludes that background sound diminishes the gustatory system - the sensory system for the sense of taste sense - of certain food properties (saltiness, sweetness). Previous studies have also shown that noise can interfere with how the brain processes smell, which can diminish the appetite. Either way, the news is not good for loud restaurants.

When it comes to planning the interior design of any restaurant, it is not uncommon for noise to be overlooked among the long list of aesthetic essentials that combine to make it a successful establishment.  More often than not, restaurateurs open their doors to a painstakingly planned décor, menu, staff and service, only to discover that poor acoustics are creating an unpleasant environment for their patrons.

Noise is one of the top issues in restaurants, particularly with today’s modern interior treatments of choice, most often hard surface tile, stone, wood, and furnishings that might be beautiful to the eye, but have an altogether irritating effect on the ear. The shapes of ceilings and walls, spatial arrangements, materials installed and construction methods used can dramatically affect a restaurant’s interior acoustics.

As the number of patrons in the restaurant or bar area increases, noise quickly escalates as all strive to hear and be heard in a hard surface, reverberant room.

In today’s challenging economy, restaurant owners and managers have enough to contend with when it comes to beating the competition. When noise is a problem, it can be disastrous to even the most vigilantly tended establishment.  Unscientific surveys indicate that patrons don’t complain about noise, they simply don’t return.

QuietFiber®, the newest noise reduction product from Tampa, Florida-based Acoustiblok, Inc., is the answer to restaurant owners who need a quick noise fix that is easy to install anywhere noise is a problem, without spending thousands of dollars to retrofit sound abatement material under drywall, or covering walls with expensive sound panels.

High sound absorbency QuietFiber is a two-inch thick DIY interior noise solution that can be cut to fit and simply hot glued underneath the bar, cabinets, countertops, tables, chairs, behind a wall tapestry or curtains. Slide a QuietFiber “pillow” on top of cabinets, or anywhere else that noise is a problem and peaceful surroundings are a must.  Easily cut to size with a serrated knife, Quiet Fiber can be concealed almost anywhere.

Used industrially for reducing noise, QuietFiber is a material designed to absorb the maximum amount of sound (NRC 1.00). Fireproof, totally hydrophobic (will not absorb water or moisture), washable, non-deteriorating, mold and mildew-proof, Acoustiblok offers a lifetime warranty on this product.

“Before we made QuietFiber available as a DIY sound reduction material that anyone can install in any interior space, noise was a costly problem to resolve in restaurants” says Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc. “We wanted to offer a DIY product that could be installed quickly, easily, non-invasively and affordably, and we have it in QuietFiber; anyone can do it, it even works great in your home.”

QuietFiber is UL fire rated for floor, wall and ceiling applications, 100-percent recyclable and 100-percent made in the USA.

For more information on QuietFiber, visit the Acoustiblok website at www.acoustiblok.com, send an E-mail to sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813.980.1400.

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Acoustiblok Installed in Construction Training Center of the Pacific

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 @ 01:56 PM

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March 15, 2011 – WAIPAHU, Hawaii – Architects forecasting the needs of the Construction Training Center of the Pacific (CTC) in Waipahu, Hawaii determined early in the design phase that soundproofing would be a necessity in the center’s classrooms.

Armed with mounting evidence of the detrimental effects of industrial and construction noise on workers and nearby residents, and presented with the opportunity to teach by example, more than 4,700 square feet of Acoustiblok sound abatement material was donated and installed in the classroom walls of the 16,000 square-foot facility.

The Acoustiblok was installed during the construction phase, providing much-needed sound deadening to the entire center complex, located in Waipahu’s Mill Town Center.

The workforce development arm of the Building Industry of America (BIA)-Hawaii, the non-profit CTC provides comprehensive training, education, career counseling and other related support services to people on the pre-apprenticeship level to establish career goals and to qualify for entry-level positions. It also offers continuing education courses to post-apprenticeship workers looking to expand their job and management skills. Programs include coursework in safety training, certification and business management.

“BIA is very pleased with how the Acoustiblok material functions and we are very thankful for their generous donation,” said Karen T. Nakamura, CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.  

“This past year, we have trained more than 1,800 developers, builders, contractors, suppliers, government officials and business owners who have experienced the Acoustiblok material in every classroom,” Nakamura added.  “They were told about this material and are amazed at the quality of our building.”

Acoustiblok has been proven effective in reducing construction and industrial noise exposure. This type of noise often exceeds limits recommended by the World Health Organization and contributes to noise induced hearing loss. As information about the health risks of construction and industrial noise mounts, more and more architects, builders and contractors are including noise abatement in their designs as a preemptive measure to avoid the possibility of future noise-related complaints and resulting litigation.

Adding one, 3mm layer of the UL approved Acoustiblok to a standard stud wall can result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete.

As the heavy, limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, it actually “transforms” the acoustical energy into “inaudible friction energy” in a process referred to as “isothermal adiabatic.” Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing material, works on precisely the same basis and has exactly the same STC sound reduction rating.

The Acoustiblok installed within the CTC classroom walls proved so effective, an Acoustiblok demo is on display in one of the classrooms and is used as a teaching aid. According to Acoustiblok Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Myers, who consulted with the BIA, the project was well suited to the Acoustiblok installation.

"The students are learning about Acoustiblok first-hand, not only with its installation in their classrooms," Myers said. "They're learning about the importance of noise abatement as a given in future construction projects. As more information is learned about the detrimental health effects of noise, sound Abatement solutions may become mandatory in the very near future."

The goals of the CTC are first to reach out to communities at large, women, youth, minority and disadvantaged groups and to provide continuing education to the construction industry. This continuing education includes promotion of a safe work environment and participation in comprehensive designation programs that promote entrepreneurship and company success.

“This project lends itself to promoting further education within the building industry on inter-office privacy and noise pollution,” said Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc. “We’re proud to be a part of it.”

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

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Acoustiblok Sound Panels Quiet George Bush International Airport

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

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Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels Installed to Quiet Conveyor Noise at George Bush International Airport

HOUSTON, Texas, February 16, 2011 – Controlling conveyor noise at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston became a serious issue when airport TSA staff complained that the clamor emanating from a conveyor system near their station was making communication impossible during normal work routines.

Vanderlande Industries U.S., Inc., who installed the conveyor system at the airport in 2004, was asked recently to correct the noise problem six years after the conveyor system went in. 

In November 2010, Vanderlande contractors installed Acoustiblok® “All Weather Sound Panels” in the space between the conveyor and the TSA work area, immediately deadening the conveyor-caused sound reverberations and allowing TSA workers the ability to speak and carry out their duties without interruption.

Carl Morris, senior project manager for Vanderlande Industries, said the Acoustiblok panels created a significant improvement in the work area for airport staff.

“The Acoustiblok is doing a great job, they can hear better and talk to each other at a much more normal level,” Morris said.

Conveyor systems like the one used in the George Bush Airport to move baggage from the terminal to aircrafts, are notorious sources of non-stop noise. On any conveyor system, for instance, factors such as speed and the number of moving parts affect the decibel level (dBA) of the sound.

Normal conversation is about 45 decibels. Various conveyors operate at different decibel levels, depending on type, construction, use with other equipment and placement in a facility. Many produce noise in the mid-70s to low-80s decibel range, according to material-handling sources. OSHA's noise limit is 85 decibels at ear level.

The conveyor at George Bush Airport was emitting noise levels that, while not high enough to be damaging to the staff’s hearing, were high enough to interfere with normal levels of conversation.

Some acoustical barriers prevent transmission of sound between the noise source and the employee, but the sound is reflected back toward the source instead of being absorbed. As the heavy, limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, it actually “transforms” the acoustical energy into “inaudible friction energy.”

Airport officials all over the world are working to find ways to reduce high noise levels in their terminals.  The new, $150 million Sikhuphe International Airport in the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa addressed the problem in advance by designing Acoustiblok into the terminal’s construction.

Acoustiblok has been proven effective in reducing industrial and transportation noise exposure. This type of noise often exceeds limits recommended by the World Health Organization and contributes to noise-induced hearing loss.

Adding a 3mm layer of the UL-approved Acoustiblok increases a standard stud wall’s soundproofing factor by more than 98-percent. Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing, works on precisely the same basis with the same STC sound reduction rating.

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, 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® 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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Acoustiblok® Chosen to Quiet Terminal in Swaziland Sikhuphe Airport

Posted by Liz Ernst on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

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SWAZILAND, Africa – While airport officials all over the world are working to find ways to reduce high noise levels in their terminals, one of the world’s newest airports has addressed the problem during the terminal construction phase.

Acoustiblok® sound abatement material has been installed in the passenger terminal of the new, $150 million Sikhuphe International Airport in the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa.

Airport designers chose to install state-of-the-art soundproofing material in the terminal of this African nation’s new international airport during the design phase, which began in 2005. Acoustiblok was chosen for its adaptability and performance ratings. Heavy but very flexible, just one thin layer of Acoustiblok’s unique 1/8-inch sound-abatement material added to a stud wall can block more sound than 12-inches of poured concrete.

Sikhuphe’s is the world’s newest international airport. Swaziland was formerly serviced by nearby Matsapa Airport, which handles only trans-Atlantic or intercontinental flights and serves largely as a charter airport for small regional carriers.

Prince Hlangusemphi, Swaziland’s minister of economic planning and development, said construction of the Sikhupe International Airport has been a cooperative multination effort. Runway construction began in 2003, and terminal construction began in
2005, culminating in its structural completion in July, 2010. The airport is expected to be completely functional by early 2011.

The Sikhuphe airport’s Acoustiblok was supplied by the company’s South African distributor, Able Walling Solutions in Gauteng, South Africa, one of Acoustiblok’s many distributors worldwide.

Acoustiblok has been proven effective in reducing industrial and transportation noise exposure. This type of noise often exceeds limits recommended by the World Health Organization and contributes to noise-induced hearing loss.

Adding a 3mm layer of the UL-approved Acoustiblok increases a standard stud wall’s soundproofing factor by more than 98-percent. While other materials attempt to “stop” 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 referred to as “isothermal adiabatic.” Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing, works on precisely the same basis and
has exactly the same STC sound reduction rating.

For more information or to view a video demonstration of Acoustiblok’s sound deadening capabilities, 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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Noise Abatement

Posted by Chris O' Brien on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 @ 04:15 PM

By Liz Ernst

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When construction was completed on the upscale, 49-unit Lexington Apartment Building in Hoboken, N.J., real estate agents pitched each unit’s high-end amenities including granite countertops, stainless appliances, hardwood floors and the hidden soundproofing material installed within the walls and floors to potential renters.

In an age when noise pollution is surpassing mold as the top health offender in multi-unit construction, more and more architects and builders are incorporating some sort of noise abatement solution into residential properties, as well as commercial and industrial buildings to meet a growing demand to address not only noise but the threat of noise complaint litigation. As noise abatement technology becomes more sophisticated, a growing movement to rid our home, work and leisure spaces of high decibel intrusion is taking shape, and sound abatement manufacturers are competing like never before to restore quiet to living spaces.

A host of elements have stirred demand for noise reduction applications: global economic factors, urban and suburban build-out and oppressive land price increases have spawned higher density, multi-unit development. More people are living and working in highly concentrated environments. Unwanted noise from neighbors has become a high-priority lifestyle issue for people living in apartment and condominium housing complexes. In a national survey of 1,500 multi-family housing residents conducted by Richmond, Va.,-based Alan Newman Research, noisy neighbors are the number one cause of irritation when it comes to multifamily living. More than 60-percent of those polled rated noisy neighbors who can be heard through the walls as the top noise compliant, with loud music following a distant second.

In the case of The Lexington, JDA Group commercial and residential developers installed sound abatement material under the drywall and subflooring of each unit during construction to create living spaces that are void of ambient noise from outside traffic, as well as adjoining apartments. This patented material, made by Tampa, Fla.-based Acoustiblok Inc., is attached to the studs before drywall is hung during the construction or renovation phase. This flexible material is a heavy, mineral-filled viscoelastic polymer that absorbs sound and transforms it into inaudible friction energy. Since the product can be cut to fit during installation, it can be applied to any type of project.

ALL THAT NOISE

In the hospitality industry, including hotels, resorts, and bed and breakfast accommodations, surveyed guests have repeatedly rated noise from common areas and other rooms the number one annoyance that would keep them from returning. Competition for a dwindling customer base has hoteliers looking for materials and techniques to combat noise issues in an effort to keep their rooms quiet and their guests happy.

For that reason, Acoustiblok was recently installed in the 3,100-square-foot ballroom of the Parsippany, N.J., Holiday Inn. Noise generated from the ballroom was infiltrating courtyard-side rooms, and guests were complaining. The Acoustiblok went in during a total renovation in June, and General Manager Joel Hecht says the noise problem was eradicated completely.

“We completely refurbished and remodeled the whole property, and when we got to the ballroom, we decided to do it right and take care of the noise problem,” Hecht says.

Growing attention to noise abatement and privacy demands are driving the development of new building materials that significantly reduce sound transmission. Older methods of blocking sound with concrete or other barrier materials have proven ineffective at best, as sound often reverberates off of these materials. In certain settings, sound can be worsened due to an echo effect that some barriers create within certain acoustical settings.

One recent example of the acoustical problems concrete barriers can cause occurred at the Pinellas County, Fla. jail and adjacent courthouse when videoconferencing technology, installed to streamline certain court proceedings, was rendered unusable due to the acoustical echo chamber created by the jail’s concrete block walls.

Win Ellwood, technology manager for the Sixth Court, researched different solutions before concluding that certain options like layered gypsum, carpet and sound absorbing ceiling tiles would not work adequately in this situation.

“We needed a solution that was indestructible,” Ellwood says. “It had to be totally fireproof, something that could be cleaned easily, could not be torn off the wall and adheres to all current building codes.”

The jail used Acoustiblok all-weather sound panels for the project since they met all code requirements, could be hosed down for cleaning and had a sound absorption capability of NRC 1.00. The panels can be used in indoor and outdoor applications and are approximately 2¼ inches thick with a welded aluminum frame and perforated aluminum grill. Installation varies depending on the project. Elwood says they were wall mounted in a few hours.

Other variables—proximity to light rail trains, highways, airports and other external offenders are creating new challenges for urban planners, architects and builders when noise mitigation demands come into play. Studies are being released routinely warning of the increased health risks due to noise-related stress, and people are becoming more aware of the dangers. Ironically, as awareness increases and demand for noise pollution solutions is raised, new problems arise as mass transportation projects expand to residential areas and other industrial and commercial projects add to the din.

GOVERNMENT/INDUSTRY STANDARDS

Government and industry standards, when it comes to sound reduction in construction, is translated in sound transmission class, a system that measures the ability of a wall partition to prevent noise from penetrating a wall between adjoining rooms. The higher the rating, the greater the noise reduction. For apartment dwellers or hotel guests, an STC-55 rated wall is enough to prevent the penetration of normal sounds. To prevent the intrusion of sound from loud music or any other unusually high volume source, an STC-60 rating may be called for.

In an effort to increase STC rating, contractors use one or a combination of noise abatement techniques including:

Increasing the wall’s ability to disperse vibrational energy that is produced by sound waves within a partition, also known as damping.

Adding to the wall’s mass, literally adding layers of drywall or other material to create a barrier that sound waves must penetrate to pass from one room to the next.

Creating flexibility in the wall assembly to enhance sound absorption. Too much stiffness reduces a wall’s ability to absorb sound. Metal studs have more flexibility than wood studs, and should be used in walls where noise abatement is important.

Less framing, which will improve acoustical performance, with 24-inch o.c. framing spacing proven to be a better option for sound abatement than 16-inch o.c. framing.

Increasing wall cavity depth and packing the empty space with insulation or another sound-absorbing material.

RESILIENT CHANNELS

Resilient channels are a noise abatement application that utilizes several design options. This solution uses flexible metal channels to create a barrier in between the stud and the wallboard, which removes the direct conduit for transmitting sound waves between rooms.

The resilient channels solution can be costly, as it requires additional material and labor, but it is a proven option for boosting STC rating up to five points in some applications.

Almost every noise abatement or soundproofing solution requires added expense in both materials and labor, and with few exceptions, the deeper wall cavities created by these solutions can eat up floor space.

Of course, any soundproofing solution is only as good as its installation. Even the best technology in noise abatement materials requires proper installation. Most products, including Acoustiblok and National Gypsum’s SoundBreak, come with detailed installation instructions backed by live expert advice from company representatives. Following each manufacturer’s instructions is critical in successfully completing any soundproofing project, such as using proper acoustical sealants and the spacing of framing.

Architects and contractors are finally beginning to take noise abatement seriously, and the liability of ignoring this important aesthetic in the design process is getting costly. Increased litigation over noise problems are becoming more the norm than the exception. With new studies being released routinely on the health implications caused by noise pollution today, consumers are beginning to demand quiet in their homes and businesses. W&C

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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