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Acoustifence® Noise Barrier Cuts Restaurant Exhaust Fan Noise In Half

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT ACOUSTIFENCE:

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

A 1/8-inch (3mm) thick unique sound deadening material measuring 6-feet (1.82 meters) high by 30-feet (9.14 meters) long with black anodized brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any existing fence or structure.  Heavy-duty nylon ties are included with each roll. Easily installed or removed in less than one hour, impervious to mold, mildew, and UV, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible. The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok Corporation, developed and refined over a 10-year period.

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

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

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

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

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Acoustifence 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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Contact: Liz Ernst, Director of Public Relations
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Tags: Acoustifence, noise dampening, noise deadening, bar noise, restaurant noise, acoustical fence, noise barrier fence, sound barrier, outdoor noise, noise barrier

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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Tags: bar noise, restaurant noise, peace and quiet, restaurants, noise abatement, noise barrier, noise, Quietfiber