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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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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 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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Tags: noise abatement, noise control, sound abatement, soundproofing material, block noise, kennel, dog barking

Builder News Magazine Names Acoustiblok Best Products Winner

Posted by Chris O' Brien on Sun, Dec 27, 2009 @ 04:45 PM

Best Products of the Year Award

VANCOUVER, Washington – Builder News Magazine, the national residential and multifamily media brand for builders, developers, contractors and designers, released its 2009 “Best Products” edition naming Acoustiblok noise abatement products among the
top products used in the building industry throughout the year.

Each year, Builder News chooses winners based on a specific criteria including ease of use, durability, inventiveness and innovation in the building industry. Readers are also invited to submit their favorite tools or products from those they have
used throughout the year to tally the Builder’s News Best Products list.

“Even in a down economy, there are still hundreds of products released and brought to the market every year,” said D.C. Curry-Lawrence, CEO and publisher of Builder News. “This year’s honorees represent some of the nation’s most innovative products in the industry and ones that our editorial team felt readers would find most useful to build better and stay competitive.”

Acoustiblok was named product of the year in the Building Materials category. Other categories included Energy Efficient Building Products, Energy Efficient HVAC and Mechanicals, Roofing and Siding, Windows, Doors, Decks and Railings, Kitchen and Bathroom, Luxe, and Home Automation.

The all-U.S.-made Acoustiblok® is a revolutionary, 1/8-inch thick, flexible sound proofing material. It is attached to studs before drywall or in floors/ceilings. As it vibrates from sound, it changes acoustical energy into inaudible friction energy. One thin layer in
a wall reduces more sound than 12-inches of poured concrete! So amazing, it received an award in the British House of Commons. Reduces noise, weight, litigation while increasing privacy and thermal insulation.

Environmentally friendly Acoustiblok contains no lead or asbestos, is UV resistant and impervious to water and mold; it is UL classified for virtually all wall, floor and ceiling installations. Easily cut with a utility knife, Acoustiblok requires no special tools or preparation, and can be installed anytime before drywall or floorcovering.

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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