Small-rise and sky-rise buildings are becoming more then just apartments and condominiums. They are becoming small urban villages with a myriad of different people living, working, and entertaining in these buildings.
The problem is that after this beautiful statement of architecture and co-habitation is complete, real people with real life situations have to reside and live out their lives in this structure. Acoustiblok can enhance the acoustical values of the walls, ceilings, floors, and HVAC systems effectively isolating and blocking the everyday noises of life from invading your privacy.
Privacy is a huge factor in all of our lives, but this is not usually recognized until we realize we don’t have any. The last thing we want is our neighbor’s alarm clock waking us up an hour before we have to rise and shine. How about the resonating drone of your neighbor’s TV at 3:00 am when you have to get up by 6:00 am? Think about a baby crying, (next door) while you’re trying to have a romantic dinner with your spouse. These are just a few of the everyday occurrences in our lives. Things forgotten about (and maybe even ignored) when buildings are designed.
This lack of privacy represents a problem that is well known, but widely ignored in such buildings. This is due to minimal, if any, acoustical elements designed into the building’s plans. The biggest acoustical issue in these types of structures is sound transmissions through walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and mechanical systems as well as the HVAC systems. If a quarter of the effort were placed on the building’s acoustics as those placed on the appearance of the building, we would have sustainable, acoustically isolated, livable spaces in these buildings.
When Acoustiblok’s Blok 16 or Blok 32 is added to a standard wall or ceiling assembly the entire assembly gets enhanced in terms of transmission loss. By combining our proprietary isolation membrane with conventional construction materials we change the natural resonance of these assemblies. The overall sound level is reduced by as much as 85-90% when a simple layer of Acoustiblok is added to a standard wall assembly.
So before you double up on drywall or insulation and expect the builder to fix the sound issues you know you will have, please give us a call and we can let you speak to one of our multi-dwelling specialists.