June 19, 2018
Generally, during a new installation of wood flooring membrane, the co-owner must prove either the achievement of an sound insulation performance "X" to the condo boards by an impact test, or a facility in accordance with a master quote. In the long run, this practice is very expensive for the co-owners of the building. Even worse, sometimes the required acoustic performance is not achievable.
June 5, 2018
For this article, we spoke with Acoustic expert Jean Laporte, an experienced professional in the condominium industry, to benefit from his expertise and advice. For over thirty years, Mr. Laporte has been passionate about acoustics and sound insulation. He followed several courses at Brüel & Kjaer (world leader in solutions for recording, measurement, testing and analysis of noise and vibrations) and set up a mobile acoustic and vibration laboratory that allowed him to accumulate several thousand hours of testing. In 2006, he founded the company Acoustikalab inc. and has since proceeded to hundreds of acoustic tests.
May 24, 2018
An adhesive is a material that can join mechanically or chemically two surfaces. Depending on what needs to be assembled, different types of adhesives will be used. Adhesives are classified in different ways depending on their origin or their physical and chemical properties. Flooring adhesives are very numerous, complex and manufactured synthetically. Flooring adhesive must not only offer increased mechanical performance to maintain the floor bonded to the substrate, but it must also allow the expansion and withdraw of wood under varying environmental conditions of humidity and temperature.
May 17, 2018
Buying a condo can be one of the most important expenses you will make in your life. Therefore, it is normal to have expectations regarding your needs for privacy and respect for others, which go through soundproofing, among others. It is important to properly analyze your acoustic options before any construction or renovation takes place, making the right decision will maximize your acoustical comfort and your investment.
April 16, 2018
Noise transmission problems arise mainly from floor/ceiling assemblies (complete structure between floor and ceiling of the above unit) and through the party walls, that is to say between the adjacent units. Noise problems associated with these assemblies come mainly from transmission of impact or airborne noises. The latest will be treated in this article and are caused by television, voice and music. These are noises that, when the unit is poorly soundproofed, disrupt the comfort of the occupants. But how do we measure these types of noises?
March 27, 2018
Even if you are not living in a condo, it is possible to use AcoustiTECH membranes in your home and it will even give an added value to your family house.
March 15, 2018
Achieving acoustic performance in a building depends on a combination of several factors. The structure of the building and the quality of workmanship during the installation/application of each of the materials are all elements that will influence the acoustics of each project and will provide optimal acoustic to its occupants.
February 26, 2018
Mass timber buildings are developing rapidly in the construction market in Canada, and elsewhere in the world. They have several benefits: faster to build, design flexibility, small ecological footprint because wood is a renewable resource, etc. However,
February 16, 2018
One of the important criteria in choosing an acoustic flooring membrane is mechanical performance. It must be ensured that the product meets the mechanical criteria (thickness, density and internal cohesion) of the selected floor covering, here the ceramic. Too often, this aspect is neglected by consumers, while it is just as important as acoustic performance.
February 7, 2018
You have a brand new hardwood floor, but you realize that installers left adhesive marks everywhere as a result of their work. How to fix it? Some will suggest DIY methods to remove them: scratch it with an old credit card, scrub it with WD-40 or vegetable oil or finally apply dry ice! Yet there is a simple and effective solution: Ad-Remover adhesive cleaning wipes.
January 12, 2018
Noise transmission problems come mainly from the floor/ceiling assemblies (complete structure between floor and ceiling of the unit above) and through the party walls, that is to say between adjacent units. The noise problems associated with these assemblies come mainly from the transmission of airborne or impact noises. Airborne noises are caused by televisions, voice and music, while impact noises are caused by moving furniture or walking occupants. These are all noises that, when the unit is poorly soundproofed, disrupt the comfort of occupants. But will you hear your neighbor with a FIIC 60?
December 14, 2017
In terms of acoustics, carpet will always offer superior comfort. It is false to think that a wood floor over an acoustic membrane can provide equivalent acoustic efficiency than carpet. However, carpet is losing in popularity in condos, apartments and even hotels, it is therefore important to identify the appropriate acoustic solution for each building in order for occupants to enjoy the most accessible comfort.
November 29, 2017
Before choosing an acoustic floor membrane, either for a new construction or a renovation, it is important to first determine which floor covering will be used. In the case of a condominium, you must first inquire about the acoustic recommendations of you
November 16, 2017
You are thinking about installing a new floating floor in your basement, but not sure what type of membrane to use to ensure proper moisture protection? It is important to consider a good quality vapor barrier film to maintain the beauty of your basement flooring.
October 26, 2017
Are you tired of your old carpet in your condo? Is your spouse no longer liking the dark wood floor and wants to change it? Is your ceramic tile floor damaged and needs to be replaced? Do you already know the habits of your neighbours without having even
October 18, 2017
The Building Expo, which is presented each year in the fall in Quebec City, brings together 150 exhibitors and welcomes 1,000 visitors. Designers, building managers and builders come to CONTECH to discover new products and to attend the technical conferen
October 5, 2017
Acoustics is known to be a complex science in which every detail counts. Noise is a major irritant for people living in co-property and is one of the most common cause of complaints, discordance and even litigation. Noises arise from diverse and non-harmo
September 21, 2017
In a double-glued down installation, several factors contribute to the acoustic efficiency aside from the acoustic membrane itself. To achieve satisfying and optimal acoustic results with AcoustiTECH membranes, it is important to follow installation procedures properly. For example, raising the membrane vertically on walls, using the appropriate membrane according to the floor covering chosen and decoupling the floor form the wall/baseboard avoiding transfer of vibrations between units.
September 11, 2017
A heating floor system is comfortable for the feet and offers an electricity saving. But what about the propagation of impact noise for those who live in the units below? The solution is to soundproof the heating floor system with an acoustic membrane or
August 11, 2017
Every space available in your condo has to be wisely thought. Here are 6 ideas to transform your storage units into a decoration or to make your rooms look bigger!
July 7, 2017
Many principles can influence the building’s acoustic performance. Mass, cavities, treatments, sealing of the partitions walls as well as how different materials are decoupled between each other are key principles.
June 2, 2017
The AcoustiTECH membranes are installed in multiple high-end buildings all around the American continent to achieve superior soundproofing.
May 8, 2017
There is unique and innovative solution on the market that ensures soundproofing of drywall ceilings. It performs beyond the acoustic requirements of the industry.
March 29, 2017
Construction made of Mass Timber (also called Glued, Nail or Cross Laminated Timber) offers new possibilities of designing buildings with free and pure design. Architects can use it for walls, ceilings, floors and roofs. They offer several benefits includ
March 1, 2017
ExpoSurface is the meeting place for the floor covering industry. This exhibition is reserved for the professionals of the industry and it is entirely dedicated to floor coverings. More than 25 exhibitors await you with their novelties and promotions; 4 seminars are offered; and a Lunch & Learn. This is a unique opportunity to do good business and discover the 2017 innovations.
February 22, 2017
André Rioux, VP AcoustiTECH, will be part of this event called: The Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference, organized by WoodWORKS! BC in Vancouver, from February 28 to March 1, 2017. This event is dedicated to design and construction with wood p
February 10, 2017
Soundproofing a building is often a puzzle for an architect or any construction professional. So what are the best acoustic solutions to achieve superior soundproofing performance? In other words, what product to install in your building to avoid hearing
AcoustiTECH specializes in acoustic solutions and offers the most effective solutions available for mitigating sound in multi-storey residential projects. Our partnership with Soprema & Fermacell allows us to expand our portfolio with efficient and diversified acoustic solutions. Our approach to sound-insulation is quite different than most as we ask questions about the nature of your building, your acoustic need or requirement and finally your budget. Once we have a better understanding of the big picture we simply provide "acoustical recipes" (options) which can allow you to save money, improve the sound quality of your building and/or even change the way you build. We back this up with a team of acoustic experts whom will help you reach your goals and rest easy regarding sound issues in your building. We are the reference when it comes to sound insulation of multi-storey buildings
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