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Upscale Apartments Offer Acoustiblok Sound Abatement in Every Unit

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 @ 05:01 PM

New Jersey Apt building treated with Acoustiblok sound deadening materialNew Jersey apartment treated with Acoustiblok soundproofing material

HOBOKEN, New Jersey – Residents of the Lexington apartments in Hoboken enjoy more than the usual amenities that are part and parcel in most upscale residences: tranquility.

When construction was completed on the upscale, 49-unit Lexington in 2008, it wasn’t the granite countertops, the stainless appliances or even the hardwood floors that set a new standard in quality living for its residents. In fact, it’s what they can’t see – or hear – that makes their living spaces exceptional.

Acoustiblok® sound abatement material installed under the drywall and subfloor during construction of the Lexington provides an environment that is void of the ambient noise often associated with apartment living. Lexington tenants won’t hear their neighbor’s TV, conversations or clamor to get out the door in the morning. What they will hear is the silence that quality noise abatement material installed beneath the visible surfaces of their
homes provides.

Having Acoustiblok as a feature is a boost to Realtor Basil Skaltsis, who finds tenants for the Lexington. Skaltsis says that most high-end apartment seekers expect a high level of privacy, and since tenants tend to speak up only when there’s a problem, the lack of complaints about noise speaks volumes.

“No one has made any noise complaints ever since the building opened,” Skaltsis says. “But you have to keep in mind that maybe they don’t think about noise because they don’t have it.

“Until you’ve lived below someone whose child has a Big Wheel, or next door to someone whose radio can be heard in your own space, you’re probably not going to worry about noise abatement. In this particular building, no one mentions sound abatement because it’s something they don’t have to think about.”

UL approved Acoustiblok is a unique soundproofing material that took years to develop. Just one thin 1/8-inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard stud wall and on top of subflooring 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 dry walling. It is a proprietary formula, heavy mineral filled, viscoelastic polymer that is easily cut with a utility knife. While other materials attempt to " block" or "absorb" sound the heavy, limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, actually transforming 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 STC rating. Unlike lead, Acoustiblok is eco-friendly, moisture and mold resistant, and contains no harmful pollutants.

Set in the heart of the tony Columbus Park area of Hoboken, each apartment in the Lexington offers an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city while allowing its residents the convenience and perks that come with living in a cosmopolitan setting. The brand name of choice for quality acoustical aesthetics, Acoustiblok is available worldwide, is easily installed and will last the life of the building. Install it once, and enjoy the quiet for a lifetime. For more information, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, e-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com, or call us at 813-980.1400.

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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: quiet, Sound abatement material, privacy, noise control, Acoustiblok, multi-family housing

All Weather Sound Panels Improve Sound Quality in Courtroom

Posted by Chris O' Brien on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 @ 04:58 PM

Pinellas jail medical buildingAcoustiblok All Weather Panel

Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panels were installed in the Pinellas County Jail to improve sound quality in courtroom videoconferencing.

LARGO, Florida – Videoconferencing between Pinellas County jail inmates and the adjacent Pinellas County Court saves money by doing away with prisoner transportation and the extraneous costs and inconveniences that go with escorting prisoners to court for
arraignment and other initial appearances. Florida pioneered videoconferencing for prisons in the mid 1990’s and many states have followed suit, but like most new technology the wrinkles must be ironed out.

Unfortunately, when the state-of-the-art video technology that brought the Pinellas County Jail into the 21st century was installed in 2008, it went into 20th-century concrete block rooms, the building envelope of choice for correctional institutions. And while the audio video system was working correctly, the judges were having a difficult time understanding what people were saying in these important proceedings. The problem was due to sound reverberations and echo in the room as all the concrete walls, floors and ceilings are not only parallel to each other but are also totally sound reflective.

By early 2009 Win Ellwood, technology manager for the Sixth Court, concluded that something had to be done, but at the same time understood that adding carpet and sound absorbing ceiling tiles to such an institution was out of the question, and acoustical results would be minimal at best.

“We needed a solution that was durable, a solution that was indestructible,” Ellwood said of their search for a sound abatement answer. “It had to be something that could be cleaned easily, could not be torn off the wall, is totally fireproof and adheres to all current building codes.”

The Acoustiblok All Weather Sound Panel” not only met all of these requirements (including its ability to be hosed down for cleaning) but had the highest sound absorption achievable in the industry (NRC 1.00). The panel was tested by the Miami Dade County hurricane testing lab to withstand 270 mph wind load! As a point of reference, 260 mph is considered the maximum level of a tornado.

The patent pending panels are available in various sizes up to 4 x 12 foot, approximately 2¼-inches thick with aluminum frame and perforated aluminum grille, all welded, with tubular enforced islets in the frame allowing use of anchors or tapcons for wall mounting.

Strike Industries of Pompano Beach, Florida, a company specializing in videoconferencing technology in correctional institutions, installed the videoconferencing technology at the Pinellas County Jail and Courthouse. Strike General Manager Patrick Sellati said the Acoustiblok installation solved numerous audio problems brought about by the complete lack of sound absorption in the jail rooms.

“Audio is always a challenge in videoconferencing in correctional institutions,” Sellati said. “Jails and prisons are primarily concrete which interferes with these systems, one issue always overlooked by the architects.”

Sellati said that videoconferencing is revolutionizing prisons across the United States, creating new options not only for courtroom appearances, but for inmate visitation and medical conferencing as well. Noise abatement solutions like Acoustiblok are necessary to best integrate the high tech videoconferencing equipment with the acoustic deficiencies inherent in penitentiaries.

Eric Johnson, an associate of Ellwood’s at the Sixth District Court Technology Office, says that installing Acoustiblok all-weather sound panels in the jail rooms was an instant fix for the audio dysfunction that was causing severe communications problems.

“We love the product, it works beautifully” Johnson said after the Acoustiblok installation was complete and tested. “When this all began, we did a serious search for a sound abatement solution and the Acoustiblok all-weather sound panel is by far superior
to anything else out there on the market.”

Acoustiblok worked so well, in fact, that jail officials have already contracted to have it installed in four remaining videoconferencing rooms. Work was completed in mid-September.

The Acoustiblok all-weather sound panel not only absorbs more sound than any other panel made, but also contains the unique Acoustiblok material itself, a 1/8-inch thick heavy mineral-filled viscoelastic material which stops sound from penetrating through it.

The UL approved soundproofing material 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.

Acoustiblok is usually stapled or screwed to studs before drywalling and 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 STC rating.

For more information, call us at 813.980.1400, e-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com, or visit our website at www.Acoustiblok.com.

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

Tags: All Weather Sound Panels, privacy, noise abatement, sound panels, legal actions