Outdoor Noise Barriers

Advances will be spurred by the construction of homes and commercial structures near highways and roads, and the need to mitigate traffic noise and enhance the quality of life in surrounding buildings.

US demand to rise 3.7% annually through 2019

Demand for outdoor noise barriers in the US is forecast to rise 3.7 percent annually to 9.5 million square feet in 2019, valued at $191 million. Advances will be spurred by population growth in rural and suburban areas. As home builders take advantage of lower land costs and the promise of convenient highway access to erect residences and commercial structures in proximity to highways and roads, state departments of transportation (DOTs) will erect outdoor noise barriers alongside highways to mitigate loud noises and enhance the quality of life for those in surrounding buildings.

Concrete highway barriers to remain dominant types

Concrete products dominate noise barrier demand, with 92 percent of the total in 2014. Transportation construction professionals often specify concrete because of its moderate cost, ready availability, and sound absorbing qualities. Precast concrete panels -- which accounted for the largest share of outdoor noise barrier demand in 2014 -- will continue to take share from other concrete products, such as concrete masonry units and formed-in-place concrete. Precast concrete panels can be mass-produced to meet specific performance and aesthetic requirements. Indeed, state DOTs are expected to increasingly specify precast panels that resemble more attractive materials, such as brickwork or dressed stone.

Metal products account for the second-largest share of outdoor noise barriers, primarily due to their extensive use in airports. However, plastic noise barriers are anticipated to see the most rapid demand growth -- after concrete --because transparent plastic panels allow travelers and the owners of structures located along highways to view wildlife and surrounding scenic vistas.

Noise barriers enjoy competitive advantage in dominant highway market

Highways account for the vast majority of outdoor noise barrier installations in the US. DOTs generally install noise barriers along highways and roads because of their moderate cost compared to other sound mitigation strategies and their proven ability to reduce traffic noise. Moreover, once installed, outdoor noise barriers seldom require replacement or repair, providing long-term savings. This is an advantage over such sound-reducing products as rubberized asphalt paving materials, which are not only initially more expensive, but often require maintenance after just a decade of use.

Airports held the second largest share of outdoor noise barrier demand in 2014. Noise barriers -- such as metal ground runup enclosures -- are often installed in and around airports to reduce jet engine noise. However, concerns about security and visibility often encourage airport managers to opt for sound mitigation strategies other than noise barriers.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the 7.9 million square foot US outdoor noise barrier industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014), with forecasts (2019 and 2024) by material (e.g., concrete, metal, wood, plastic), market (e.g., highways, aviation, utilities and railroads, building and construction) and US region. The study also considers market environment factor, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 35 industry players, including Oldcastle Precast, Coreslab, and Smith-Midland.

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  1. Outdoor Noise Barriers

    $5,200.00

  2. INTRODUCTION: OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS TO 2019

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  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

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  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS TO 2019

    $155.00

  5. Overview

    $35.00

  6. DEMAND FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS BY PRODUCT (thousand square feet) 2009 - 2024

    $60.00

  7. DEMAND FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS BY MARKET (thousand square feet) 2009 - 2024

    $60.00

  8. MARKET ENVIRONMENT: OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS TO 2019

    $1,965.00

  9. General

    $35.00

  10. Macroeconomic Outlook (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  11. Macroeconomic Outlook (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  12. Macroeconomic Outlook (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  13. Macroeconomic Outlook (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  14. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  15. Demographic Trends (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  16. Demographic Trends (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  17. Demographic Trends (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  18. POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  19. Construction Expenditures (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  20. Construction Expenditures (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  21. CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  22. Building Construction (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  23. Building Construction (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  24. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  25. Nonbuilding Construction: Overview

    $35.00

  26. NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  27. Nonbuilding Construction: Highway Mileage

    $35.00

  28. HIGHWAY MILEAGE (thousand miles) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  29. Nonbuilding Construction: Public Highway Spending (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  30. Nonbuilding Construction: Public Highway Spending (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  31. PUBLIC HIGHWAY SPENDING (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  32. Construction Stock (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  33. Construction Stock (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  34. Construction Stock (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  35. CONSTRUCTION STOCK (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  36. Outdoor Noise Barrier Pricing Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  37. Outdoor Noise Barrier Pricing Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  38. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER PRICING (dollars per square foot) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  39. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Historical Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  40. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Historical Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  41. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER MARKET, 2004 - 2014

    $60.00

  42. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Measurement of Noise Reduction (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  43. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Measurement of Noise Reduction (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  44. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Measurement of Noise Reduction (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  45. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Measurement of Noise Reduction (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  46. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Federal Regulations (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  47. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Federal Regulations (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  48. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Federal Regulations (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  49. Outdoor Noise Barriers: State & Local Legislation (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  50. Outdoor Noise Barriers: State & Local Legislation (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  51. Alternative Strategies: Land Use Planning (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  52. Alternative Strategies: Land Use Planning (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  53. Alternative Strategies: Noise Mitigation at Source (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  54. Alternative Strategies: Noise Mitigation at Source (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  55. Alternative Strategies: Noise Mitigation at Receiver

    $35.00

  56. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Environmental & Aesthetic Issues (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  57. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Environmental & Aesthetic Issues (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  58. MATERIALS: OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS TO 2019

    $1,355.00

  59. General

    $35.00

  60. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Demand by Area (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  61. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Demand by Area (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  62. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY AREA (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  63. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Demand by Value (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  64. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Demand by Value (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  65. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY VALUE 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  66. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND: VOLUME & VALUE, 2014 (percent)

    $35.00

  67. Concrete Outdoor Noise Barriers: Overview

    $35.00

  68. CONCRETE OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  69. Concrete Outdoor Noise Barriers: Precast Panels (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  70. Concrete Outdoor Noise Barriers: Precast Panels (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  71. Concrete Outdoor Noise Barriers: Precast Panels (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  72. Concrete Outdoor Noise Barriers: Concrete Masonry Units (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  73. Concrete Outdoor Noise Barriers: Concrete Masonry Units (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  74. Concrete Outdoor Noise Barriers: Formed-in-Place

    $35.00

  75. Metal Outdoor Noise Barriers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  76. Metal Outdoor Noise Barriers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  77. METAL OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  78. Wood Outdoor Noise Barriers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  79. Wood Outdoor Noise Barriers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  80. WOOD OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  81. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Other Materials

    $35.00

  82. OTHER MATERIALS OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  83. Plastic Outdoor Noise Barriers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  84. Plastic Outdoor Noise Barriers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  85. Outdoor Noise Barriers: All Other Materials

    $35.00

  86. Supports for Outdoor Noise Barriers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  87. Supports for Outdoor Noise Barriers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  88. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER SUPPORTS DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  89. Coatings for Outdoor Noise Barriers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  90. Coatings for Outdoor Noise Barriers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  91. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER PROTECTIVE COATINGS DEMAND 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  92. MARKETS: OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS TO 2019

    $790.00

  93. Overview

    $35.00

  94. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  95. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Demand by Market

    $35.00

  96. Outdoor Noise Barriers: Demand by Application

    $35.00

  97. Highways: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  98. Highways: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  99. Highways: Noise Barrier Demand (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  100. Highways: Noise Barrier Demand (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  101. HIGHWAY MARKET FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  102. Aviation: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  103. Aviation: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  104. Aviation: Noise Barrier Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  105. AVIATION MARKET FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  106. Utilities & Railroads: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  107. Utilities & Railroads: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  108. UTILITIES & RAILROAD MARKET FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  109. Building Construction: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  110. Building Construction: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  111. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  112. REGIONS: OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS TO 2019

    $1,755.00

  113. General

    $35.00

  114. Regional Population Patterns (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  115. Regional Population Patterns (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  116. POPULATION BY REGION (million persons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  117. Regional Economic Outlook (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  118. Regional Economic Outlook (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  119. GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  120. Regional Construction Activity (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  121. Regional Construction Activity (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  122. CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  123. Urban Highway Mileage by Region

    $35.00

  124. URBAN HIGHWAY MILEAGE (thousand miles) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  125. State Trends in Outdoor Noise Barrier Use (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  126. State Trends in Outdoor Noise Barrier Use (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  127. State Trends in Outdoor Noise Barrier Use (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  128. STATES WITH LARGEST SHARES OF OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER INSTALLATIONS, 2000 - 2010

    $60.00

  129. Outdoor Noise Barrier Demand by Region

    $35.00

  130. OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS DEMAND BY REGION (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  131. Northeast Region: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  132. Northeast Region: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  133. NORTHEAST OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  134. New England States: Noise Barrier Demand

    $35.00

  135. Middle Atlantic States: Noise Barrier Demand

    $35.00

  136. Midwest Region: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  137. Midwest Region: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  138. Midwest Region: Noise Barrier Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  139. MIDWEST OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  140. East North Central States: Noise Barrier Demand

    $35.00

  141. West North Central States: Noise Barrier Demand

    $35.00

  142. South Region: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  143. South Region: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  144. South Region: Noise Barrier Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  145. SOUTH OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  146. South Atlantic States: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  147. South Atlantic States: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  148. East South Central States: Noise Barrier Demand

    $35.00

  149. West South Central States: Noise Barrier Demand

    $35.00

  150. West Region: Noise Barrier Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  151. West Region: Noise Barrier Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  152. West Region: Noise Barrier Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  153. WEST OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND (thousand square feet) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  154. Mountain States: Noise Barrier Demand

    $35.00

  155. Pacific States: Noise Barrier Demand

    $35.00

  156. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE: OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS TO 2019

    $540.00

  157. General (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  158. General (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  159. Market Share (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  160. Market Share (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  161. Manufacturing: Concrete Products (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  162. Manufacturing: Concrete Products (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  163. Manufacturing: Other Materials

    $35.00

  164. Product Development

    $35.00

  165. Marketing & Distribution (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  166. Marketing & Distribution (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  167. Mergers & Acquisitions

    $35.00

  168. SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

    $60.00

  169. Cooperative Agreements

    $35.00

  170. SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

    $60.00

  171. COMPANY PROFILES: OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS TO 2019

    $1,260.00

  172. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  173. Amcon Block & Precast

    $35.00

  174. Armtec Infrastructure (Durisol)

    $35.00

  175. Blast Deflectors

    $35.00

  176. CECCO Trading

    $35.00

  177. Coastal Precast Systems

    $35.00

  178. Concrete Solutions

    $35.00

  179. Coreslab International

    $35.00

  180. Cretex Companies

    $35.00

  181. CRH plc (Oldcastle) (Duratek)

    $35.00

  182. Dynamic Precast Company

    $35.00

  183. EnCon Companies

    $35.00

  184. Evonik Industries

    $35.00

  185. Facade Technology (Sound Zero)

    $35.00

  186. Faddis Concrete Products

    $35.00

  187. Fort Miller Group

    $35.00

  188. Hoover Treated Wood Products

    $35.00

  189. Industrial Acoustics Company

    $35.00

  190. Kinetics Noise Control

    $35.00

  191. LafargeHolcim Limited

    $35.00

  192. Lexicon Building Systems

    $35.00

  193. McKeown International (Empire)

    $35.00

  194. Proudfoot Company

    $35.00

  195. RPM International (Increte)

    $35.00

  196. Smith-Midland Corporation

    $35.00

  197. Soletanche Freyssinet Group (Reinforced Earth)

    $35.00

  198. Sound Fighter Systems

    $35.00

  199. Sound Seal (Industrial Noise Control)

    $35.00

  200. Spancrete Group

    $35.00

  201. Speed Fab-Crete

    $35.00

  202. Superior Concrete Products

    $35.00

  203. Troy Acoustics

    $35.00

  204. Valmont Industries

    $35.00

  205. Whitford (LC) Company

    $35.00

  206. Wieser Concrete Products

    $35.00

  207. Xella International

    $35.00

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