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Blue Ridge Regional Jail Installs Acoustifence to Quiet Chillers

Posted by Liz Ernst on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

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LYNCHBURG, Virginia, April 27, 2011– Rolling green hills and pastoral settings are a top draw for residents and visitors to Lynchburg, Virginia. When noise from two aging 125-ton chillers at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in downtown Lynchburg began disturbing neighbors in the hillside community outside the downtown area, jail officials wasted no time finding a solution that would return the peace and quiet its neighbors had always enjoyed.

Once the complaints began coming in -- not from the facility’s immediate neighbors, but from residents on the hillsides surrounding the jail -- Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority officials had to determine whether the chillers' noise levels were within local ordinances and regulations governing noise, and found that they were in compliance. 

“We were below acceptable noise levels, but we wanted to do the right thing and find a solution that would restore quiet to the neighbors and meet our budget and installation needs,” said Kenneth Floyd, maintenance director at the jail.

Floyd said he searched online for a noise abatement solution and came across the Acoustiblok website; one product, Acoustifence, met the facility’s needs.

Acoustiblok Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Myers worked with Floyd in determining the best solution for quieting the jail’s chiller noise.  Acoustiblok provides indoor and outdoor noise deadening products for a myriad of applications; Myers determined that the easy-to- install Acoustifence material would offer the best all-around sound abatement for this application.

“It’s working very well,” Floyd said. “We installed it around the chillers, and I was surprised at how easy it was to install because it is heavy.

“But we haven’t had a single complaint since it went up.”

The reciprocating chillers, which have been in place since the jail was built in 1998, are air-cooled. Noise emanating into critical areas -- screw compressors (on the bottom of the unit) generate mid/hi frequency noise, up-blast fans (on the top) generate low frequency noise. This is one type of industrial noise pollution that experts warn can be hazardous to the health of individuals subjected to it on an ongoing basis.

World Fence News defines Acoustifence as a "new defense against outdoor noise pollution." Commonly employed in industrial usage, small and private airports, construction sites, mass transit rail lines and even dog kennels, it is also available for residential use.

The Acoustifence is a unique 1/8th-inch thick heavy mineral filled viscoelastic acoustical material available in a standard 6-foot x 30-foot (3mm x 1.83m x 9.14m), although longer lengths and taller heights are available.  To suit their needs, jail officials ordered 90 feet of 9-foot tall Acoustifence to wrap around their chillers. Unlike fences or shrubs, Acoustifence performs well at blocking direct sound while reducing reflective sound at the same time. 

With acoustical properties that provide a lab-certified STC (sound transmission classification) of 28 dB, a reduction that represents a sound decrease of 85-percent to the human ear, Acoustifence also reduces sound that can reflect over or around the fence and reverberate off surrounding objects, creating a secondary noise problem.

This is not the first time a jail has utilized Acoustiblok sound abatement material to resolve a noise problem; in 2010, a Pinellas County, Florida jail installed Acoustiblok "All Weather Sound Panels" to resolve a noise problem caused by sound reverberations and echo in the jail's concrete videoconferencing room. 

"Every noise issue we're faced with calls for a solution that addresses a host of unique variables," said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok, Inc.

"We offer a variety of noise reduction products, and the expertise to determine the best approach to resolve every problem."

For more information, visit the website at www.acoustiblok.com, email [email protected], 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 [email protected], or call 813.980.1400.

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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 [email protected], or visit our website at www.acoustiblok.com.

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Tags: sound proofing, Acoustiblok, soundproof, sound abatement, acoustical balance, music studio, rehearsal studio, sound deadening, sound dampening, recording studios, music workshops, international