Noise pollution addressed by NoiseGardz®
A noise abatement product has been launched by Deborah Services, a non-mechanical construction equipment provider.
The acoustic barrier – NoiseGardz® – is suitable for both internal and external temporary noise abatement, and is a fully waterproof, fire-resistant and lightweight barrier, says Deborah Services.
According to the company, the NoiseGardz® acoustic curtains are made entirely from fire-resistant materials, so when exposed to a blow torch, they continue to degrade rather than promoting the flames to spread. The firm adds that during tests with a gas blow-torch, the self-extinguishing properties of NoiseGardz® showed the flames immediately going out once the torch had been removed. This quality mitigates the health and safety risk of accidental fire or extensive damage as a result of vandalism – common hazards at construction sites – says Deborah Services.
Other features of NoiseGardz® highlighted by the company include:
- suitability for suspension from secondary substrates such as fences and ceilings because of its water-resistance which prevents weight gain from water absorption unlike barriers which use a fibre-based core
- safe to handle without the need for further personal protective equipment because the product is manufactured from non-irritant materials
- eyelets positioned on all NoiseGardz® edges and Velcro seams, which enable it to be suspended from site fencing, scaffolding, timber hoardings and many other substrates
- pallet-sized and lightweight nature (5.7kg) for easy transport and storage.
Roger Hastie, managing director at Deborah Services says: “NoiseGardz® is a must for any considerate contractor wanting to protect the surrounding community from noise pollution. It’s quick to assemble around fans, portable compressors, generators and mechanical construction tools. We’re selling it into construction and industrial sites as well as for events. Pound for pound nothing matches NoiseGardz® for minimising noise disruption.”
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