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Acoustiblok USA Announces Australia Distributor

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @ 09:21 AM

Steve Noaln Austraila Distributor for Acoustiblok Soundproofing Materials

BRISBANE, Australia, April 18, 2012 – Acoustiblok USA announced this week that it has teamed with Stephen Nolan of Brisbane to be the sound abatement material company’s main distributor for Australia.

Developed to address a lack of effective and available soundproofing material options in Australia, Nolan saw the opportunity to make Acoustiblok products available to Australians who are ready to address noise pollution problems in their homes and yards, businesses, schools, hospitals, and anywhere noise is a problem.

“Not many sound proofing products are available in this part of the world, so it is about time we changed that,” Nolan said. “Acoustiblok has been tested by independent laboratories in the U.S., which offers testimony to the product’s effectiveness.

“There’s a safety net there that you know the product is going to work.”

Nolan says he expects one Acoustiblok product in particular, Acoustifence, will be sought after to address outdoor noise pollution caused by the mining and rail industries, in addition to other outdoor noise problems like highway traffic, noisy generators, HVAC units, pump systems, industrial plants, barking dogs, and noisy neighbors.

Noise pollution in Australia, like most of the developed world, has reached epidemic levels. One in six Australians has suffered from hearing loss, 37 percent due to noise exposure. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 50 percent, according to Australian Government Hearing Services.  

“Sound and noise levels over the past 10 years have become a major health and lifestyle issue to Australians,” Nolan says. “Suddenly, everything in Australia has gotten bigger – highways, cities, even the television sets in peoples’ living rooms. Properties are built in close proximity and subdivisions are common due to the ever-growing population and housing demand.”

These elements, according to Nolan, are stripping many Australians of privacy, peace and quiet, and over time, good health. Studies have linked exposure to noise to heart disease, stroke, sleep disorders, elevated blood pressure, and inability to concentrate. Children exposed to noise regularly are shown to have lower test scores and heightened rates of distraction.

“This is where Acoustiblok products come in and nine times out of 10, Acoustiblok products are the solution,” Nolan says.”

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., says the new distributorship in Brisbane is a welcome addition to Acoustiblok’s international expansion.

“We’re very pleased to have Stephen Nolan as our Australia distributor,” Johnson says. “Australian consumers and businesses alike can benefit from Acoustiblok, especially now with inventory on hand and easily obtainable to solve noise problems of every size.”

About Acoustiblok:   

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, 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 immeasurable trace amounts of heat (adiabatic).

Just one, 1/8 inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall can result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, barium, or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL rated and classified in the US and Canada (CUL) for virtually all wall, floor, and ceiling installations.
For more information, visit the Acoustiblok Australia website, Email steve@acoustiblokau.com.au, or call 0431 576 667 or 07 3907 0076.

 

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Noise from Palm Beach County Water Treatment Plant Silenced With Acoustiblok “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels®

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 @ 03:59 PM

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MANALAPAN, Florida, March 1, 2012 – Installation of Acoustiblok® “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels at a water treatment plant in the Manalapan-Hypoluxo island community of West Palm Beach is complete, ending an almost year-long battle to quiet noise that was bleeding from the plant into residential areas of the tiny island community.

In March, 2011 residents of the secluded community, tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, began complaining about noise from the island’s water treatment plant that was disrupting their tranquil setting. Town officials at first requested the plant be enclosed, but later deemed enclosure impractical and requested other options that would allow the sound insulating structure to be moved or removed, and would also allow easy access to the plant equipment for maintenance and repairs.

They eventually turned to Kurt King, an engineer with West Construction in nearby Lake Worth, to find a solution. King, an expert in creating noise barrier solutions for water treatment plants and other facilities with loud pumps, blowers, compressors, exhausts and industrial machinery, chose to install Acoustiblok’s Hurricane All Weather Sound Panels at the Manalapan Water Treatment facility.

“The kind of equipment used at a water treatment plant can be quite loud,” King said. “In this case, the noise was coming from two sites and bleeding into the adjoining neighborhood.”

Noise at the water treatment plant stemmed from a stand-alone pump station and a separate station with a blower and vacuum pump intake/exhaust, scrubber exhausts, compressors, vents and blow-downs.

With the help of Acoustiblok consultant Marilyn Myers, King designed an assembly of nine Acoustiblok Hurricane All Weather Sound Panels to place around the noisy pump station, and a 14-panel assembly around the exhaust blower site, using a combination of 4 foot x 8 foot and 4 foot x 10 foot panels.  Immediately upon installation, King said the decibel levels were reduced by 70 percent or more.

“In my opinion they worked very well,” King said. “The architect and property owners were very pleased, and the panels suited this job because they are engineered specifically to withstand outdoor elements in some rough weather areas like this one directly on the Atlantic shoreline.”

Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc., said the Hurricane model of the company’s All Weather Sound Panel was specifically designed for settings like this one on the Manalapan-Hypoluxo island.

“The decision to use Acoustiblok All Weather Hurricane Panels to reduce the industrial noise from this water treatment plant was a win-win for everyone,” Johnson said.

“Whenever you have high maintenance equipment like this, you need sound barriers that allow for easy access to it, and you need a solution that can withstand the high winds, humidity, salt air, dirt, dust, sand and other elements that are unavoidable in an oceanfront environment.

“Extreme dust conditions can disable conventional sound absorbing systems, while these panels are engineered to perform as well in the worst conditions as they do under calm conditions; and since they both block noise and absorb it, you could not have found a more all-inclusive solution to this community’s noise problem,” Johnson said.

About Acoustiblok “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels:

Acoustiblok, a NASA “Spin-off” company, developed the Hurricane All Weather Sound Panels, engineered specifically to withstand the most rigorous outdoor and industrial environments. Water, moisture, humid salt air or salt water, dirt, dust, UV, chlorine air, corrosion, and most harsh chemicals do not affect them. The industrial Hurricane panels are available with an acoustically transparent five milron stainless steel dust filter for outdoor use in the world’s toughest environments, from the mining industry to the desert areas of the Middle East, and other applications where dust is a concern. Acoustiblok sound panels are extremely durable and are currently in use by the United States Army in the Middle East.

Washable, durable, long lasting and usable in hundreds of areas and applications, the Acoustiblok “Hurricane” All Weather Sound Panels are not just "sound absorbing" but also "sound blocking." This allows the panel to not only absorb sound but also stop the sound from penetrating through the panel, a very meaningful advantage over conventional "sound absorbing" panels that stop sound reflections but are poor sound barriers.  

With an unprecedented noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 1.00 (Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories test results), they are the only noise barrier wind-load tested to 270 mph. Rigid and self-supporting, they can be used like building blocks to permanently or temporarily enclose any noise source, such as chillers and industrial machinery.

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

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Ontario College Installs Acoustiblok to End Noise in Classrooms

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

Acoustiblok Soundproofing Material installed in Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“They were thrilled with the results too.”

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

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

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

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

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

About Acoustiblok:   

Acoustiblok’s high quality noise abatement products, available since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. Acoustiblok is a proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high density mineral content, heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the Acoustiblok material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is transformed into undetectable trace amounts of heat.

Just one, 1/8 inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard wall will result in more sound reduction than 12-inches of poured concrete. Environmentally friendly, Acoustiblok contains no lead, barium, or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL rated and classified in the US and Canada (CUL) for virtually all wall, floor, and ceiling installations.

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

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QuietFiber® Used to Quiet Industrial Generator Noise at La Sirena

Posted by Liz Ernst on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

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Power outages are a common occurrence in the Dominican Republic, and industrial noise pollution from emergency generators is a growing concern. One DC generator designer is using QuietFiber noise absorbing material to lower the decibel levels at the La Serena superstore in Higuey.

HIGUEY, Dominican Republic, January 3, 2011 – Installation of QuietFiber® noise absorbing material has been completed in the massive generator room of the newly constructed La Sirena superstore in the eastern coastal town of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

QuietFiber, a product of Acoustiblok, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, was installed on the ceiling and walls of the store’s industrial power systems room that houses the massive emergency generators necessary to keep power running in this coastal area of the Caribbean, plagued by frequent power outages.

The industrial generators, designed and installed by Santo Domingo-based Edelca, are a staple in this island republic. Carlos Montas, Edelca owner and Acoustiblok representative in the Dominican Republic, used QuietFiber for the first time at the recommendation of acoustical specialist Jay Boland of Acoustiblok, on the La Sirena project. Montas, who has been installing his trademark "industrial art" generator systems – known for their bold colors and clean, modern, high gloss appearance — for more than 20 years, says noise from these generators is a major problem plaguing businesses and residential property owners when the generators are running.

“The noise levels are almost unbearable, so you need to have some level of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montas said. “I always install noise absorbing material wherever I install my generators, and QuietFiber is the best soundproofing product we’ve ever used.”

Montas and his crew were able to easily cut the QuietFiber to fit around electric conduits, and secured the material to the walls and ceiling with standard insulation stick pins.  

The La Sirena chain of Wal-Mart-size shopping warehouses dotting the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic provide one-stop shopping for locals and tourists.  The sound deadening qualities of QuietFiber will help to protect the store’s 300-plus employees, and countless tourists and local residents from the high volume industrial noise caused by the generators when they are operating.

“The product is great, more than I had hoped for,” Montas said. “We plan on using QuietFiber on all our future projects as well, we’re that happy with it.”

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., said that the application of QuietFiber in the La Sirena structure was perfect for addressing the high decibel, reverberant sound emanating from the concrete-walled generator room.

“QuietFiber was designed with this type of environment in mind,” Johnson said. “When you’re addressing solid surface noise issues, which in this case is the concrete walls, you need a product with proven sound absorption qualities.

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 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, a significant safety factor when compared to common insulating materials – usually highly flammable -- often used in an attempt to reduce sound.

QuietFiber is also 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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Acoustiblok Wallcover Used Used in A/V Recording Room at Hillsborough Community College

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

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Acoustiblok Wallcover was installed in a classroom on the HCC campus, converting the room to a soundproof recording studio without removing drywall. Acoustiblok Wallcover was installed directly on top of the existing drywall, making it a no-construction soundproofing project that was completed in two days.

 

TAMPA, Florida, September 12, 2011 – Faced with the need to create a soundproof environment for sensitive audio and video recording projects, officials at Hillsborough Community College’s Corporate Training Center on Davis Islands transformed a small classroom into a soundproof recording studio by installing Acoustiblok Wallcover® on top of the existing drywall.

The HCC recording studio, which took less than two days to complete, marked the first-ever commercial application of Acoustiblok-Wallcover.

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

Years in the making, Acoustiblok Wallcover incorporates a unique aerospace nanotechnology laminate which provides the acoustical breakthrough needed for this type of application.

The recording room is used for creating e-learning materials for the Hillsborough Community College faculty and staff, according to HCC Technical Specialist Steve Barry.

“We record video and audio, and create multimedia components to use in lessons,” Barry said.

“Some of the work we do is for corporate clients. We have boom mics, a high-definition video camera, professional lighting, and a souped-up high-end PC to create professional multimedia audio and video interactive presentations.”

The equipment is also used to conduct live webinars for the HCC community and for open-enrollment students.

Two HCC maintenance staff members attached the Acoustiblok Wallcover material to the room’s four walls using spray adhesive. A simple box cutter was used to create cutouts for electrical sockets and light switch panels. Each section was aligned directly to each other, with one installer working from the top and one from the bottom to align and press the material securely to the wall.

Acoustiblok-Wallcover’s silver fabric finish was painted a pale yellow, rendering the noise barrier material undetectable. HCC was the first to install Acoustiblok-Wallcover, an option that spared them the expense and mess of removing the existing drywall to attach Acoustiblok’s traditional 3mm noise abatement material directly to the studs, which would have required hanging new drywall, and time-consuming permitting and bureaucratic red tape.

“The Acoustiblok-Wallcover has been great at keeping out the noise from people in the hallway and the surrounding offices,” Barry said. “Noises at that decibel range are now almost nonexistent; the room is far superior to what we had before this installation.”

Barry said that once the trim and caulking was completed, a coat of paint gave the room the polished look that they were after.

Before installing the Acoustiblok Wallcover, Acoustiblok’s standard 3mm sound abatement material was installed in the room’s ceiling to block noise from above, creating the serious level of soundproofing necessary for recording.

Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc., says the application of Acoustiblok-Wallcover in the HCC sound room, and the standard 3mm Acoustiblok material laid inside the ceiling tiles provides a perfect example for achieving substantial results with minimal skilled labor and investment.

“We are happy to help colleges and universities achieve successful soundproofing in projects like this one at HCC, and are thrilled that our new Acoustiblok Wallcover provided the sound barrier they needed for this recording studio, without any need to tear out walls or hire additional contractors,” Johnson said.

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

 

About Acoustiblok-Wallcover:

Acoustiblok Wallcover’s flexible material measures approximately ¼-inch thick, and is available in 4-foot by 8-foot and 4-foot by 10-foot sections. Weighing about one pound per square foot, Acoustiblok-Wallcover is fairly heavy, which is why it takes two or three people to install. A simple box cutter is all that is needed to create cutouts for electric sockets and light switch panels.

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

Acoustiblok is recognized and sold worldwide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, and was named Builder News Magazine’s Product of the Year. The company’s use of aerogel technology in its Thermablok insulating strips earned recognition in NASA’s Spin-off prodcts Magazine.

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

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Introducing Acoustiblok Wallcover®: DIY Non-Construction Soundproofing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Ceres Police Dept. Installs Acoustiblok in Interrogation/Interview Rooms

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Ceres Police Department

Acoustiblok noise barrier material provided the level of privacy and sound proofing needed for police officials, crime victims and witnesses without fear of being overheard outside of the department’s interview and interrogation rooms.

CERES, California, July 11, 2011 – With the installation of Acoustiblok noise abatement material in the ceilings and walls of two critical rooms within the Ceres Police Department’s downtown headquarters, witnesses and victims will be afforded the discretion and privacy they deserve during police interviews, and suspect interrogations will take place without external distractions or interruptions.

The decision to install Acoustiblok noise deadening material into the interview and
interrogation rooms in the Ceres Police Department came at the urging of Sgt. James Robbins, who said the acoustics in the “soft” room -- the room used specifically to interview victims and witnesses -- were hampered by noise coming from a restroom on one side of the room, and the department’s often noisy IT department on the other side.

The larger 15-foot by 20-foot interrogation room was divided into three rooms, one to house sensitive recording equipment; the other two rooms were used to question suspects.

“Before we put the Acoustiblok in place, it was difficult to interrogate suspects even though they were in separate rooms because there was virtually no soundproofing,” said Sgt. Robbins" ”If we were interviewing two suspects about the same crime, they could hear what each other was saying, and they would yell back and forth to each other through the common wall, making it impossible to question each individual privately.”

After consulting Acoustiblok COO Marilyn Myers, decided to install the Acoustiblok in the smaller “soft” room first to test its capabilities. The room’s original drywall was removed and the product attached to the studs, per installation standards. Next, the Acoustiblok was installed in the room’s hanging ceiling and the seams were sealed with Acoustiblok tape to create a total sound barrier.

“It worked so well, we were thrilled, and we were able to move on to the larger
interrogation/recording room to create the same noise barrier we had achieved in the “soft” room,” Robbins said.

Since it was built in 1987, the building was not designed with any forethought regarding soundproofing or additional high tech retrofits, making the ceiling installation a challenge, according to Robbins. The Acoustiblok had to be cut to fit around pipes, HVAC ducts and other obstacles. Even with the extra care required for the ceiling installation, the soft room took only two days to complete.


When it came time to retrofit the larger interrogation/recording room, however, officials decided at first not to attempt a ceiling installation and installed the Acoustiblok in the walls alone. They quickly realized that sound bleeding was still a problem between the rooms due to the ceiling void, and decided to install Acoustiblok in the ceiling after all.

“The second room took about a week, because it was larger and the ceiling installation was challenging, but in the end we were very happy with the outcome,” Robbins said.

“It’s always a wonderful feeling when our noise abatement products are used in such an important project,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

“I understand that there was some resistance from city officials to install noise barrier material when Sgt. Robbins first broached the subject, but his persistence paid off.

“Now Ceres citizens have the benefit of privacy when they find themselves in the
position of discussing sensitive matters with police officials, and the officers themselves are better able to interrogate suspects uninterrupted, thanks to this simple fix that provided serious noise abatement results.”

Acoustiblok is formulated to provide an effective noise barrier in law enforcement
facilities, hospitals, schools, churches, attorney’s offices and any space that requires privacy and seclusion.

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 transformed into inaudible friction energy.

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, 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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Acoustiblok Names Mac Cooper Director of Marine Engineering

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 11:23 AM

Mac Cooper director of marine engineering for Acoustiblok

Acoustiblok, a leader in indoor and outdoor sound abatement and noise barrier solutions for more than a decade has named Mac Cooper to oversee and offer expert consultation on the marine application division of the company’s sound deadening products.

TAMPA, Florida, July 11, 2011 -- Acoustiblok President and founder Lahnie Johnson has named Mac Cooper Director of Marine Engineering. Cooper will be responsible for developing and overseeing Acoustiblok’s and Thermablok’s growing marine applications division, particularly providing innovative solutions to noise and thermal problems for boat owners and builders.

Cooper, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, has been a resident of Tampa since 2004. Prior to joining the Acoustiblok team, Cooper is the owner and designer for Dream Line Yacht / Product Design in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2008 to 2011, and an engineer/designer for Lazzara Yachts in Tampa from 2004 to 2008.

Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial / Product Design, from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. 

Acoustiblok’s quality noise abatement products, available internationally since 1998, have earned the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders and consumers.  

About Acoustiblok:                                                                                                                                         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.

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, 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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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.

Acoustifence provides a noise barrier on the Guanabanas stage Guanabanas waterfront dining is relaxing thanks to Acoustifence concelead within the landscaping.  Reggae band Rebel Alliance plays live on the Guanabanas Acoustifence-lined stage

 

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.

              Acoustifence sound barrier shown here on perimeter fencing before it was concealed with native landscaping.                                                                                      Acoustifence sound barrier shown here on perimeter fencing before it was concealed with native landscaping.    Acoustifence noise barrier installed on perimeter fencing                                                                Acoustifence lined stage door at Guanabanas provides sound barrier

 (Left) Acoustifence sound barrier attached to perimeter fence before landscaping installation. 
(Right) Acoustifence applied to the stage door and walls before decorative concealment. co                                               

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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