York, PA (PRWEB) July 05, 2012
Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) announces the addition of newly constructed vertical acoustical reverberation chambers for the purposes of testing horizontally-oriented ceiling tiles, pipe lagging systems, skylights, floor and ceiling systems and roof assemblies to their ever expanding scope of acoustical testing capabilities. The new facility expands ATI's existing laboratory and field acoustical testing services by six test methods, to now include the following: ASTM E 492 Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor Ceiling Assemblies Using the Tapping Machine, ASTM E 2179 Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of the Effectiveness of Floor Coverings in Reducing Impact Sound Transmission Through Concrete Floors, ASTM E 1111 Standard Test Method for Measuring the Interzone Attenuation of Open Office Components, ASTM E 1414 Standard Test Method for Airborne Sound Attenuation Between Rooms Sharing a Common Ceiling Plenum, ISO 140-18 Laboratory measurement of sound generated by rainfall on building elements, and ISO 15665 Acoustics – Acoustic Insulation for pipes, valves and flanges.
“Similar to ATI’s horizontally-oriented acoustical reverberation chambers, efficiency of sample installation and testing has been engineered to maximize the testing experience at our facility”, stated Eric Miller, Director – Acoustics. Additionally, “the new chambers will allow for testing of complex horizontally-oriented systems that just were not possible due to sample orientation, size and weight limitations of our existing chambers.”
Awareness of the acoustical environment has steadily increased over the past two decades resulting in increased demand for noise-isolating building elements, including acoustical performance criteria for schools and demising walls and floor/ceiling systems in multi-family dwellings. The most recent version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) also contains guidelines regarding minimum sound transmission loss ratings for interior walls and floor/ceiling assemblies as well as maximum permissible sound levels for various room types in many buildings.
Founded in 1975, Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) is a leading product testing service provider in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its thirteen full-service laboratories. Testing is available for building products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives, and many others. Architectural Testing offers certification services including a building product listing program, with a staff of professional engineers licensed in twenty states. They also offer consulting services including building envelope commissioning and forensics, and maintain qualified field testing crews that travel all over the continent to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction. Architectural Testing’s suite of services allows for it to be the complete solution for product CONFIDENCE. For more information, visit http://www.archtest.com