In 2007, our company went from being Dodge-Regupol, Inc. to Ecore International, LLC.
Today in 2014, we are still facing many challenges related to this change. Ecore Acoustics, in particular, has been trying to clear up the confusion in the marketplace related to the QT brand of sound control underlayments.
Prior to 2007, we (Dodge-Regupol) were the only company manufacturing this form of recycled rubber acoustic underlayments. In 2007, the one brand spawned 2 more competing brands. So today, those in the market for a recycled rubber underlayment will probably have to make a decision between 3 brands, all of which seem very similar: Ecore, Regupol, and Pliteq. I’ve discussed this with many acoustical consultants around the country, and for the most part, they agree that QT, GenieMat, and Regupol Impacta are equivalent products. While we can’t make any claims related to the Regupol or Pliteq brands of underlayments, we can provide information about what sets Ecore QT apart from the others to help you make a more educated decision.
- Composition: recycled rubber
- Color: black + various color specks
- Thickness: various options
- Application: may be used under a wide variety of floor finishes to reduce impact sound transmission
What’s unique about Ecore QT?
- Patent: Ecore is the sole owner of +US Patent RE 41,945+ (Interesting Fact: Pliteq founder, Paul Downey, is listed on the patent as the “Inventor,” however being employed by Dodge-Regupol/Ecore at the time, the patent belongs to Ecore)
– Ecore QT is Made in America Certified. +Read more about this here+.
– Ecore continues to manufacture solely out of it’s Lancaster and York facilities in Pennsylvania- just as it did when it was known as Dodge-Regupol. Our cleaning and processing of the rubber does not include sulfur, so you will never need to worry about the unpleasant odor and off-gassing that other recycled rubber products tend to have.
- Technical Certifications:
– ICC-ES: Ecore has had several floor-ceiling assemblies evaluated by the International Code Council Evaluation Service to meet the ICC International Building Code minimum requirements for sound transmission. +Please view ICC-ES ESR 1522 here+. New assemblies will be added before 2015.
– UL-listings: Various QT thicknesses are included in many UL-listed fire-resistant designs.
– ULC: QTscu 4005 has an additional CAN/ULC-S102.2 rating that may be found +here+.
– QT products have been tested by accredited, independent, 3rd party laboratories for sound transmission ratings since its creation. Ecore has accumulated a database of over 400 test reports of IIC and STC ratings for use by architects, acoustic consultants, and other professionals involved in the design/construction of a building. A limited number of results is available to refer to +on the QT website here+, and more are available upon request.
- Affiliations & Industry Involvement:
– +NCAC+ Gold Sponsor and exhibitor (National Council of Acoustical Consultants)
– +ASTM International+ Voting Members (American Society for Testing Materials)
– +ASA+ full membership (Acoustical Society of America)
– +INCE+ membership (Institute of Noise Control Engineering)
– TCNA membership
– ANSI membership
– USGBC membership
For more information on the company history and name change, a snapshot of a helpful infographic is posted below. The full version may be seen +on the QT website here+.