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Acoustifence Barrier Reduces Construction Noise at $55 Million Santa Monica High School Technology Building Improvement Project

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 01:20 PM

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SANTA MONICA, CALIF., May 21, 2013 – A towering and stout zig zag-shaped construction fence that spans nearly 800 feet long and is lined with Acoustiblok, Inc.’s Acoustifence soundproofing material at the Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) Science & Technology Building Project has helped reduce construction noise for students and the local community by 10 decibels each day over the past two years. A 10 decibel decrease in sound level cuts perceived loudness to the human ear in half, making this black colored acoustic fence very “green.”

If all sections of this acoustical construction fence were linked together in a line, it would span nearly two and a half football fields and be as tall as a two to three story commercial building in some sections. Why is this much fencing needed? This three year, $55 million improvement project entails reconfiguring a 5.2-acre northern portion of the existing 26-acre school campus. The school is located in a densely populated area of posh Santa Monica near businesses and residential dwellings.

An existing softball field was demolished and a new modern 97,000 square-foot science and technology building is being built in its place. Once completed, the old science and technology building will be demolished and a new softball field will be built in its place. The Acoustifence construction barrier will moved and reused to mitigate noise escaping to the nearby neighborhoods during various phases of the project. Additional outdoor site improvements are being constructed as well on the SAMOHI campus. The construction project began in December 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in winter 2014. It is approximately 48 percent complete at the time of the writing of this news article. More information about the project can be found at: http://fip.smmusd.org/santamonica.html

Acoustifence is a modern day acoustical soundproofing product developed by Tampa, Fla.-based Acoustiblok, Inc. It’s an advanced material sound barrier that is placed between a noise source and the noise receiver. The Acoustifence material easily attaches to chain link fences and comes in large sections and in custom made sizes, making it ideal for construction fence applications that require a soundproofing element at the construction site. Acoustifence material is extremely strong and was engineered to withstand harsh outdoor environments like construction sites and highway environments. Full exposure to dirt, grease, oil, mold or even being driven over is not a problem for the Acoustifence.

The word “green” refers to environmentally-preferable attributes of a product, service, and/or technology. The 1/8” thick Acoustifence is a unique proprietary formula. It is a heavy mineral filled viscoelastic polymer material that is made in the United States from all USA made material. Acoustifence is 100 percent made in the United States. It does not contain lead, asbestos, or barium and is UV-resistant and impervious to water and mold. Graffiti, a real consideration in a school area, is easily removed compared to other surfaces. Acoustifence has had proven success in many demanding applications and is an effective defense against outdoor noise pollution.

A construction project this large isn’t simple or easy. It’s messy, noisy and can disturb the usual flow for people around the construction site. The school district was committed to minimizing disruption to students, staff and nearby neighbors during the construction. Mitigating construction noise and dust going into the school and neighborhoods located directly across the street had to be addressed by project planners. The main high school building is located within very close proximity of the construction area. Single family homes, apartment complexes and businesses are located in areas across the street from the campus.

Project planners decided early on that acoustical barriers will be in place to reduce noise levels for classrooms and neighbors and that the construction area will be separated from the working campus by a safety fence and that

“This 5.2-acre construction site is very spread out. Controlling noise from heavy machines, demolition, and construction activities can be challenging at large construction sites located in densely populated areas,” said Glenn Nadalet, Senior Construction Manager for Parsons/CCM.

Two sides of the Acoustifence barrier are being used to protect the neighborhood and the other portion protects the school. Temporary chain link construction fencing is commonly used at construction sites to help prevent theft and damage to machinery, equipment, and property, as well as provide security for the construction crew.

Santa Monica AB Website Main photos for AB Website 3Construction noise may negatively impact those around a construction site. The SAMOHI construction project Acoustifence ranges in height from 14-20 feet at different parts of the construction site and zigzags around the perimeter near the street and the existing school building. In addition to the construction fence, Acoustifence soundproofing material was draped over the side of the top portion of the school building to help make the second floor quieter for students during construction.

“Our heavy equipment machines emit between 90-100 decibels of noise while operating depending on the machine itself. Throughout the day, these machines are sometimes located 250-300 feet away from the school building making it virtually impossible to contain all the noise,” Nadalet said.

Heavy equipment machines are needed to build large buildings and rebuild a large area like at Santa Monica High School. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, noise from various construction machines can range from 70-95 decibels at 50 feet. One front loader can reach approximately 83 decibels; scrapers, graders and backhoes approximately 92 decibels; concrete mixers and cranes approximately 88 decibels, earth moving tractors can reach approximately 95 decibels. A single jackhammer can reach nearly 100 decibels and a pile driver reaches approximately 105 decibels. So a 10-decibel decrease in construction noise significantly helps to keep it within a more tolerable range.

Santa Monica AB Website Main photos for AB Website 4“The Acoustifence noise barrier wall is located about 10 feet from the school building so our machines are not always located within close proximity to the noise barrier fence. We work hard to keep construction noise as minimal as possible while moving the project forward to meet our deadlines,” Nadalet said.

Noise intensity is measured in decibel units. The decibel scale is logarithmic; each 10-decibel increase represents a tenfold increase in noise intensity. Human perception of loudness also conforms to a logarithmic scale; a 10-decibel increase is perceived as roughly a doubling of loudness and a 10-decibel decrease is perceived as half as loud. A typical conversation occurs at 60 decibels – not loud enough to cause damage. If a sound reaches 85 decibels or stronger, it can cause permanent damage to a person’s hearing with prolonged exposure. The amount of time a person listens to a sound affects how much damage it will cause.

“The Acoustifence is psychologically positive for the students, teachers and administrators at the school. It gives them confidence that we are taking care of their noise concerns. We believe we get about a 10 decibel decrease in construction-related noise for the neighbors and school with the Acoustifence barrier,” Nadalet said.

Acoustiblok now also produces beautiful landscape covers for its fences. Since the covers are an actual photograph of different scenery, such as foliage, flowers, brick, or stones, it is virtually indistinguishable and many say better than real life.

Marilyn Myers is Acoustiblok’s Chief Operating Officer who worked on the Santa Monica Fence project. “All our noise barrier products are affected by where they are positioned in reference to the noise source, the distance between the noise source and the noise receiver, the height of the barrier, and the type of environment they are in. The amount of noise Acoustifence reduces is also much related to other reflective structures in the area,” she said.

The Public Works Division of FenceCorp, a leading California fencing company based in Riverside, Calif., won the bid to install the large temporary acoustic fence for the project. Acoustiblok’s Acoustifence material was considered to be the best choice for its proven performance and ease of installation.

Ira Schechtel, Manager of FenceCorp’s Temporary Rental Fence Division at the Oceanside, Calif. Branch, helped oversee the work. He was heavily involved in the bidding and administrative aspects of the project. Schechtel is an experienced fence professional with 30 years experience in the fence industry. He is also the former president of the California Chapter of the American Fence Association.

“Because the cost and human effort associated with the acoustical fence is higher than a typical chain link fence, it was important that we not make mistakes when we built it. We have to do things right the first time to avoid costly mistakes with these types of fences. A mistake on an acoustical fence is much more substantial in terms of dollars per section than typical chain link fences.”

A fence of this magnitude would be a significant financial loss if it failed to adequately reduce noise. To ensure results, Acoustiblok Corporation’s engineering department uses acoustical outdoor modeling software to accurately predict the acoustical results in advance. The software, called Cadna A, was developed in Germany to create cities with reduced noise levels and is considered the most advanced of its kind.

Schechtel and vice presidents Perry Massie and Alan Kay, and Superintendent Kenny Kocek helped oversee the bidding and installation of the Santa Monica Construction Fence project. “The bidding and installation process for a large specialized fence like this takes more time and effort than people may think. Due to the height of the barrier walls, we engineered the large posts and cables to specifically hold the dense and flexible acoustical fence. Even the barriers on the existing building were specifically designed for Acoustifence. It truly takes a team effort to do these things right and be successful in the fencing business.”

“As we do more Acoustifence projects, we are learning what to look for in advance. Each Acoustifence project has its own unique set of environmental, noise and design challenges with our customers. This is not a one size fits all fencing application. There’s more science to them and to be effective, they have to be positioned in the right places around the noise sources. This just adds to our capabilities,” Schechtel added.

Acoustifence is an effective soundproofing solution because it’s a thin outdoor noise blocking material which acoustically performs precisely as lead does, but without the environmental hazard of lead said Myers. Acoustifence comes in 6 X 30 foot sections considered the most effective first step in reducing noise. It’s now being widely used in construction and building environments, at industrial facilities to quiet generator and motor noises, for mass transit rail lines, residential, and in many other outdoor applications where noise has been an unresolved problem she said.

Lahnie Johnson is President and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc. He drives new product development at Acoustiblok. “Acoustical soundproofing materials and products like Acoustifence, Acoustiblok material, Quietfiber, and our indoor and outdoor All Weather Sound Panels compete in specialized niche markets,” he said.

“People are becoming more aware of noise problems and the stress it causes them. Santa Monica High School is just one example. With greater population density and increasing noise pollution and noise control regulations being passed by local, state and federal governments, the soundproofing products and services market is continually on the rise and we’re here to help meet their needs.”

For more information about Acoustifence or other Acoustiblok products visit the Acoustiblok website at www.acoustiblok.com, send an Email to sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

About Acoustiblok

Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA Spin-off listed company headquartered in Tampa, FL, provides acoustical soundproofing solutions for noise related issues. The company develops, manufactures, and markets acoustical products, earning the industry’s highest ratings from architects, builders, and consumers. Acoustiblok ships soundproofing products to 60 countries around the world.

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About FenceCorp

FenceCorp is a leading California fencing company headquartered in Riverside. The company offers all styles of fencing and has additional office locations in Anaheim, Palmdale, Santa Paula, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Fresno, and Manteca. For more information about FenceCorp, visit them on the web at: www.fencecorp.us

For Additional Project Information and To See Project Photographs

http://fip.smmusd.org/santamonica.html

 

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Acoustiblok Names Carlos Montas Dominican Republic Manufacturing Rep

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 @ 08:44 AM

Carlos Montas

TAMPA, Florida, September 27, 2012 – Acoustiblok, Inc. Founder and President Lahnie Johnson this week approved a working agreement with Carlos Montas as Acoustiblok’s manufacturing representative in the Dominican Republic. Montas, Engineering Manager of Electicidad del Caribe SRL (EDELCA) in Santo Domingo, will represent Acoustiblok sound abatement products throughout the Dominican Republic.

Montas, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a 2005 graduate of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). He has built a career in the design, installation, and supervision of emergency generator systems in the industrial and commercial communities throughout the Caribbean.  He was first introduced to Acoustiblok products after installing QuietFiber noise absorbing material in one of EDELCA’s massive generator system projects to dramatically lessen the impact of the high decibel generator noise outside the generator facility.

With years of experience designing and installing his trademark generator systems, Montas understands the importance of installing noise absorbing material in every generator room and outbuilding he designs, since the noise can be intolerable and pose a real problem for businesses, residents, and visitors.

“Noise levels from the generators are almost unbearable, so you need to have some layer of soundproofing in place when they are running,” Montas said. “When we first installed QuietFiber in a generator room, I knew right away it was the best soundproofing product I had ever used, and I’ve used no other sound absorbing material since.”

EDELCA is a leader in the installation of emergency generation systems in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean, where tropical storms and weather events are a source of frequent power outages, making emergency generators a necessity for businesses to function smoothly.  As an authorized dealer of QuietFiber and other Acoustiblok noise deadening products, Montas offers first-hand experience and a seasoned understanding of how to solve noise issues from a variety of sources, including one of the toughest – industrial generators.

“Carlos Montas is a highly knowledgeable and sought after emergency systems engineer in a high-demand environment,” Johnson says. “I am convinced that we could have no better representative for Acoustiblok products in the Caribbean, given his extensive experience and comprehensive understanding of the region’s distinct noise abatement needs.

“His expertise and his work in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean make the alliance particularly satisfying, a perfect fit with Acoustiblok’s expansion into the Dominican Republic.”

For more information on Acoustiblok products, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email emontas@edelca.com.do , or call 809-596-8290.

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 inaudible 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 website, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Acoustiblok Names Alan Peterson New England Manufacturing Rep

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 @ 04:30 PM

Alan Peterson

TAMPA, Florida, September 20, 2012 – Acoustiblok, Inc. Founder and President Lahnie Johnson this week approved a working agreement with Alan Peterson as Acoustiblok’s manufacturing representative for Acoustiblok in New England. Peterson, owner of A.E. Peterson & Associates in Bedford, New Hampshire, will represent Acoustiblok sound abatement products in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Peterson, a native of Boston, attended Northeastern University before establishing himself in commercial aluminum window & doors sales, specializing in acoustical, hurricane, and historical windows. He founded A.E. Peterson & Associates in 1982, working with architects in New England, California, Texas, Florida and Georgia on finding solutions to noise problems in and around airports, trains, highways and other industrial settings where noise levels can reach 110 decibels. Peterson’s company also focuses on treating buildings in coastal areas where hurricane conditions exist, as well as some of the country’s oldest industrial buildings, with highly specialized historical aluminum windows.

Acoustiblok is a natural extension of Peterson’s product offerings, designed to fight noise pollution in some of the most extreme settings. Acoustiblok provides sound abatement materials for indoor and outdoor use to address noise issues in industrial, commercial and residential applications. 

“Alan Peterson is a respected and sought after acoustical door and window expert in a highly specialized niche,” Johnson says. “His expertise and his work with architects in New England and nationwide fits perfectly with Acoustiblok’s ongoing expansion throughout the U.S.

“Few people have spent the past 30-plus years participating in and developing serious noise abatement products; Mr. Peterson is a pioneer, and he exemplifies the high caliber sales professionals who contribute to Acoustiblok’s exponential growth.” 

For more information on Acoustiblok products, visit the Acoustiblok website, Email Alan Peterson, or call Alan Peterson at 603-472-8454.

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 inaudible 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 www.acoustiblok.com, Email sales@acoustiblok.com, or call 813-980-1400.

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Acoustiblok, Inc. Launches Quiet-Cloud® Industrial Sound Absorbing Panels

Posted by Liz Ernst on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:23 AM

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TAMPA, Florida, November 30, 2011 – Acoustiblok, Inc., a NASA spinoff company, this week announced its launch of Quiet-Cloud, the newest product in its arsenal of sound abatement products developed to combat noise pollution and avoid costly OSHA penalties.

Specifically designed to address serious noise levels common in industrial settings, the 4-foot by 8-foot Quiet-Cloud sound absorbing panels absorb more than twice the amount of noise that conventional panels take in, and at the same time block noise within the industrial plant environment. Quiet-Cloud provides maximum noise absorption and the highest NRC ratings attainable.

A lightweight, easily moveable panel that, when properly staggered can increase the perimeter-to-surface absorption area up to five-fold, each Quiet-Cloud panel consists of a heavy gauge perforated aluminum casing over a hydrophobic, sound absorbing material that can withstand operating temperatures up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

In settings where finite dust particles are a consideration, Quiet-Cloud panels are available with a standard steel mesh micro filter.

Ordered to hang horizontally or vertically, the washable Quiet-Cloud panels can also be easily installed in a standard ceiling tile grid.

Acoustiblok Founder and President Lahnie Johnson says the addition of Quiet-Cloud to the company’s growing catalog of soundproofing products affirms the company’s ongoing commitment to developing new ways to combat noise pollution.

“We are proud of our track record when it comes to addressing and reducing noise in a variety of settings,” Johnson said. “Unchecked industrial noise is hazardous to the hearing and health of workers and staff exposed to it every day, as well as those of us exposed to it in the course of our everyday lives.

“Noise in the workplace is frequently related to accidents and reduced productivity. Quiet-Cloud resolves industrial noise responsibly and affordably, and can be easily adapted to any setting.”

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.

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

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Acoustiblok, Inc. Launches QuietFiber, a DIY Noise Reduction Solution

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 @ 04:21 PM

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TAMPA, FLA. (USA), March 24, 2011Acoustiblok, Inc. has launched a do-it-yourself sound reduction product, Quiet Fiber®, the newest of Acoustiblok’s award-winning sound abatement offerings.

What makes QuietFiber unique among Acoustiblok’s range of sound deadening products is its ease of installation; no tearing down drywall, no hiring contractors. In fact, all that is needed is a serrated knife, a glue gun, and (if you want to camouflage the product) remnant fabric, which can easily be wrapped around the QuietFiber and hot-glued in place.

In today’s world of hard surface tile, stone and wood interiors of homes and restaurants, interior noise can be especially problematic. The only solution to this is adding as much sound absorbing material into the room as possible; adding area rugs and heavy drapes rarely delivers any serious level of sound dampening or noise control.

High sound absorbency QuietFiber, can be installed anywhere in the home, a restaurant, or other space that needs a non-invasive DIY interior noise fix. Once cut to size, the product can be concealed almost anywhere, secured in place by nothing more than a hot glue gun.

QuietFiber can be cut to size to fit underneath cabinets, countertops, tables, chairs, or behind a wall tapestry. Slide a QuietFiber “pillow” on top of a cabinet, or anywhere else that noise is a problem and aesthetics are a must.

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

“You can install it anywhere, it’s an easy DIY project that provides the kind of sound attenuation that most of us demand, whether we are eating a meal in a restaurant or in your own kitchen,” says Lahnie Johnson, founder and president of Acoustiblok, Inc.

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

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® 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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Acoustiblok® Provides Perfect Sound Aesthetics at Venezuelan Center

Posted by Liz Ernst on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 @ 10:26 AM

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Acoustiblok® sound abatement material was chosen to provide state-of-the-art acoustical balance in the musicians’ rehearsal studios at the Center for Social Action Through Music Center in Caracas, Venezuela.

Acoustiblok was installed within the wall surfaces, floors and ceilings of the practice rooms within the orchestral center, which is divided into two main zones: the northern zone, where the academic activities are developed, and the southern zone, which consists of the Simón Bolívar Concert Hall with a seating capacity of 1,100. The southern zone is also composed of  the Concert Hall No. 2, with a seating capacity of 400, and a range of rehearsal rooms, recording studios and music workshops.

The Center is an eleven-story building designed by Venezuelan architect Tomás Lugo that also includes libraries, an outdoor acoustic shell, recording rooms, changing rooms, cafés, and administrative offices.

Consultants for the State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (FESNOJIV) chose Acoustiblok for its proven ability to effective reduce sound transmission. Installing Acoustiblok in walls, floors, and ceilings increases the decibel reduction through a thermodynamic process called “adiabatic isothermal conversion" whereby Acoustiblok is engineered to transform acoustic energy into inaudible friction energy as the material flexes from sound waves.

Another benefit of Acoustiblok treatment is the improved definition in room bass response. This is due largely to the damping and slightly rigid characteristics of Acoustiblok that are added to all treated surfaces, resulting in clearer and tighter bass performance. The results are the kind of acoustical perfection necessary for a facility of this magnitude

The Center for Social Action Through Music was created by the FESNOJIV and financed by the National Housing Institute of Venezuela and the Inter-American Development Bank for the purpose of developing music academic programs and training courses for orchestral conductors, performers and music professionals.

FESNOJIV seeks to improve the lives of Venezuela’s low-income youth by offering artistic and intellectual opportunities to which they normally would not be exposed.

While Caracas is home to most of Venezuela’s youth and children’s orchestras, the foundation has nationwide reach, incorporating nearly 250,000 children in both rural and urban areas in each of the country’s 24 states. Venezuela has 125 youth orchestras, 57 children’s orchestras and 30 adult professional symphony orchestras, in addition to a vast network of núcleos, or music schools, located throughout the country.

Acoustiblok is made of a 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick proprietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density mineral content, heavy yet extremely flexible.

One thin layer of Acoustiblok added to a standard metal or wood stud wall will result in more sound reduction - and provide more privacy - than 12-inches (30.5 cm) of poured concrete.

Acoustiblok’s noise solution products are backed with hard science and certified, independent laboratory test results. The acoustical laboratory at Architectural Testing, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania recorded an astounding Sound Transmission Class (STC) of 85 for a concrete block and metal stud wall design configuration that included Acoustiblok, which translates to a perceived volume reduction of 99-percent to human hearing. To find out more about the Acoustiblok Noise Reduction products, contact us at 813-980-1400, e-mail us at sales@Acoustiblok.com, or visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com.

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Acoustiblok® Provides Kennel Neighbors with Peace and Quiet

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

Installing Acoustiblokkennel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acoustifence on Berm Reduces Outdoor Noise Pollution

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

acoustifence installdrawing of how Acoustifence witha berm stops sound

TAMPA, Florida – As any landscape professional already knows, installing trees and vegetation as a visual berm between roadway traffic and residences may be aesthetically pleasing, but these elements are not effective noise control barriers. Acoustiblok Inc., a leader in noise abatement for both inside and outside installations, has announced the release of Acoustifence, a revolutionary new defense against outdoor noise pollution.

The fact is, foliage or trees on earth berms can actually increase noise. Since sound is dispersed in much the same way as light, it will penetrate and reflect off the foliage in all directions, including that side of the berm that is meant to be peaceful and quiet.
Although the higher the berm, the better the sound deflection, it is far more affordable and more practical to increase the berm height by installing Acoustifence than it is to add fill to the berm.

Adding just a six- foot high Acoustifence to the berm not only drastically increases the berm’s blocking protection, it eliminates the sound reflecting off the foliage and into those outdoor spaces that are meant to be serene.

The all-weather Acoustifence can be hung from any substantial structure, such as a chain link or wood fence, or from a pipe frame structure.

A simple and economical noise abatement solution for both residential and industrial usage, Acoustifence is a 1/8-inch (3mm) thick material measuring 6-feet (1.82 meters) high by 30-feet (9.14 meters) long with brass eyelets along the top and bottom edge for easy attachment to any chain link fence or other framework.

Unlike a berm, wood fence or other standard landscaping barriers which do little to block sound, Acoustifence not only blocks unwelcome outdoor noise, it produces far less reflective sound than a traditional solid (concrete) wall. Easily installed and
removed in less than one hour, entirely impervious to mold and mildew and UV tolerant, Acoustifence is virtually indestructible, making it a one-time purchase that never needs replacing.

The soundproofing material in Acoustifence is a proprietary formula of the Acoustiblok ® Corporation, developed and refined over an eight year period for various applications. Acoustiblok is recognized and sold world-wide, earning product awards from the British House of Commons, as well as industry publications
including Builder News Magazine.

Acoustifence has proven performance in highway environments, construction sites, offshore oil rigs and waste-to-energy plants. Acoustifence can accommodate any height fence or structure by simply overlapping the Acoustifence panels.

At a construction site, it can be attached to scaffolding or the building structure itself. To store, the Acoustifence panels simply roll up like carpet.

Independent lab tests of the Acoustifence material shows an STC of 28, which represents to the human ear an approximately 85-percent reduction in sound. However, results will vary relative to surrounding sound-reflective objects such as buildings, machinery, and industry equipment, and the amount of Acoustifence installed.

Acoustifence is 100% recyclable, an environmentally friendly answer to the problem of outdoor noise pollution.

Acoustiblok, Inc. President Lahnie Johnson believes the application potential of Acoustifence to landscaping projects is endless.

“This very simple, economical sound abatement product will be extremely popular in new and existing landscape settings thanks to its unequalled ability to reduce unpleasant exterior noise, allowing a better quality of life for anyone living on the
other side of a highway or any invasive noise source,” he said. “After all, our mission is quieting the world.”

For more information on Acoustifence, visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com, call us at 813-980-1400, or E-mail us at sales@acoustiblok.com.

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