Sound Barriers Market size is anticipated to demonstrate a notable expansion from 2022 to 2028, steered by the growing awareness regarding the health hazards posed by continual exposure to high levels of noise. Several research studies have established the connection between exposure to environmental noise and high risk of cardiovascular disorders, cognitive impairment, high blood pressure, and stress.
According to the 2020 European Environment Agency (EEA) report, environmental noise is responsible for more than 48,000 new patients of ischemic heart disease, alongside 12,000 premature deaths across Europe. More than 6.5 million Europeans suffer from chronic high sleep disturbance and nearly 22 million are diagnosed with chronic high annoyance.
Apart from road traffic, noise from trams, railway noise, aircraft noise, and noise generated by machines and equipment are some key sources of noise pollution. Identifying the need for effective solutions, governments worldwide are considering impacted areas for noise abatement, based on feasible and reasonable criteria. They are formulating policies for implementing noise abatement strategies using polyethylene (PE) synthetic acoustic panels, wooden panels, earth berm, and insulating composites.
For instance, China’s Environmental Protection Department has released guidelines regarding the acoustical and non-acoustical design considerations. Acoustical design considerations of noise barriers include dimensions, barrier material, shapes, and barrier locations.
India sound barrier market size is expanding at a fast pace, as the government has been addressing the issue of vehicular traffic and noise pollution. Seeking an effective solution to the problem, in December 2021, the National Highway Authority of India installed noise barriers across the Benz Circle second flyover for protecting the surrounding inhabitants from increased noise pollution. Hard plastic sheets were fixed to the frames on the parapet wall of the flyover, blocking the sound waves from the highway to the commercial and residential spaces along the highway by nearly 5 decibels.
Over the last few years, spiraling traffic densities across several urbanized cities have been creating large amounts of noise. To that end, the transportation application segment in the sound barriers market is expected to record a promising growth through 2028. Construction of multifold freeways have aggravated the problem of noise pollution further for several residential areas in the U.S. The presence of a supportive regulatory framework is expected to fuel U.S. sound barrier market share over the assessment timeline.
For instance, efforts of the north Phoenix neighborhood have led to the introduction of a bill that will allocate $7.25 million for a sound barrier wall to counter the constant traffic noise from Loop 101 freeway.
U.K. sound barriers market size is likely to grow considerably through the forecast timeline, as several high traffic regions are expected to install noise barriers over the next few years. In order to minimize the impact of traffic noise on residents’ live quality, the U.K. government plans to install noise barriers across the A102, particularly the residential areas of Siebert Road, Westcombe Hill area, and Invicta Road. With the planning of Silvertown Tunnel construction gaining momentum, sound barriers of about 2- to 3-meter height will be installed across London, depending on the noise intensity.
Ray Chung, AcoustiGaurd, Fort Miller Group, Cretex Companies, Autex Acoustics, ZAK Acoustic Product Manufacturer, Amcon, Façade Technology, Hoover Treated Wood Products, and Easi-Set are some top sound barrier manufacturers across the world. Industry participants are signing contracts and launching innovative products to expand their existing customer base.
Although the outdoor sound barriers market saw a decreasing revenue due to the supply chain disruption and cessation of production activities during 2020, the global situation has been stabilizing from 2022 onward. With the initiation of noise pollution surveys by several governments during the pandemic, the product uptake is likely to increase. The lockdown measures provided an ideal opportunity for assessing noise-related data, as numerous individuals in urban areas reported a more tranquil experience amidst the mobility restrictions.
As the world moves toward a post-pandemic era, noise from construction activities and traffic will most likely register an upsurge, accelerating the concrete sound barrier wall market forecast.