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Using Cell Phones to Make Noise Measurements

June 1, 2014   
Twice in the last month, we have heard “I just used my cell phone to make noise measurements so you do not need to make measurements.” Mobile phone sound meter applications have added a new twist to our consulting services.
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PEX Plumbing – Is it as Quiet as They Say?

January 15, 2014   
Flexible water lines, to some the greatest thing since “Romex” wire for houses. No longer does a person need to fight with rigid pipe when they are plumbing a residence. The product has been around for many years in Europe,
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Changes in Resilient Channels

January 15, 2014   
For a recent project at a medical research university we were called in to investigate a vibration issue.  The lab is located on the fourth floor of a newly constructed building.  The research team was having problems with samples in
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Too Much Lot Line Noise

January 15, 2014   
As winter turns to spring people start talking to their architect or landscape designer about a new hot tub or pool, or perhaps it’s a new air conditioner or even an emergency generator. Soon we will start to get phone
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Focus on Acoustics: An Update on the Design Impact of Acoustical Standards

December 1, 2011   
At Thorburn Associates we keep an eye on many rating systems and standards that affect our work as acoustical consultants. These rating systems and standards are a way to help ensure that buildings will work for their intended purpose. The
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Focus on Acoustics: Mixed Use Buildings

October 1, 2011   
Many cities are changing their zoning laws to allow for the development of mixed-use buildings or re-development sites.  This means that many planning committees that once favored the suburban planning model of residences in one part of town and business
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Focus on Acoustics-Spray Foam Insulation

August 11, 2011   
Spray foam insulation, because of its high recycled content and superior insulating qualities over loose fitting batt insulation, is being used with increasing frequency. It is even more common when a project is seeking to meet objectives outlined by sustainable
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Steve Thorburn Named Educator of the Year- 2011

August 1, 2011   
As an industry expert and thought leader in the AV industry, Steve Thorburn was named 2011 Educator of the Year by InfoComm International. The award was in recognition of his 35,000 plus student hours in teaching acoustics and audiovisual technology.
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Cal Green – California’s Newest Building Code

April 1, 2011   
The importance of acoustics is often forgotten until a building is completed. However, the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen Code) which took effect January 1, 2011 made it mandatory for all new construction in California (non-residential and residential
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Project Profile: TA’s Most Memorable Projects

April 1, 2011   
We want to take a little trip down memory lane and showcase some of our most memorable and interesting projects. Space Shuttle Launch Blast Berm – We were part of the team that evaluated the impact of an earthen berm