Outdoor Noise Barriers

Passage of Highway Spending Bill Promotes Outdoor Noise Barrier Installation

The December 2015 passage of a five-year, $305 billion highway spending bill will support the erection of outdoor noise barriers alongside highways, particularly those that go through areas that were primarily suburban or rural in nature. The bill provides funding to state departments of transportation (DOTs) for a wide range of infrastructure construction projects. DOTs will use some of these funds erect noise barriers alongside roads with high levels of vehicular traffic in an effort to address residents’ complaints about highway noise.

Key Findings in Outdoor Noise Barriers Study:

Growing Suburban and Rural Population Promotes Outdoor Noise Barrier Installation

Demand for outdoor noise barriers in the US is forecast to rise 3.7 percent annually to 9.5 million square feet in 2019. Advances will be spurred by population growth in rural and suburban areas. As builders take advantage of lower land costs and the promise of convenient highway access to erect homes and commercial structures near highways and roads, state DOTs will put up outdoor noise barriers to reduce noise levels and enhance the quality of life for those in buildings near the roads.

Precast Concrete Panels Will Continue to Dominate Market

Concrete products accounted for 92 percent of highway noise barrier demand 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. State DOTs will increasingly specify panels that resemble more attractive materials, such as brickwork or dressed stone.

Highways Expected to Remain Leading Market for Outdoor Noise Barriers

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 feature represents an advantage over such sound-reducing products as rubberized asphalt paving materials that are initially more expensive and require maintenance or repairs after just a decade of use.

Study Coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $144 million US outdoor noise barriers market. 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 Coreslab, Oldcastle Precast, and Smith-Midland.

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  1. Outdoor Noise Barriers

    $5,200.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $157.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $192.00

      1. Table | DEMAND FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $3,396.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $339.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $304.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Construction Expenditures

        $1,042.00

        1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

        2. 3.4.1 Building Construction

          $169.00

          1. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

        3. 3.4.2 Nonbuilding Construction

          $415.00

          1. Table | NONBUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES

          2. Table | HIGHWAY MILEAGE

          3. Table | PUBLIC HIGHWAY SPENDING

        4. 3.4.3 Construction Stock

          $295.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION STOCK

      5. 3.5 Outdoor Noise Barrier Pricing Trends

        $153.00

        1. Table | OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER PRICING

      6. 3.6 Historical Trends

        $201.00

        1. Table | OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER MARKET, 2004-2014

        2. CHART II-1 OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER MARKET, 2005-2014

      7. 3.7 Measurement of Noise Reduction

        $367.00

        1. 3.7.1 Decibel Scale

          $82.00

        2. 3.7.2 Noise Reduction Coefficient

          $82.00

        3. 3.7.3 Transmission Loss

          $82.00

        4. 3.7.4 Sound Transmission Class

          $82.00

        5. 3.7.5 Insertion Loss

          $82.00

        6. 3.7.6 Other Issues

          $99.00

      8. 3.8 Legislation & Regulatory Considerations

        $375.00

        1. 3.8.1 Federal Regulations

          $229.00

        2. 3.8.2 State & Local Legislation

          $125.00

      9. 3.9 Alternative Strategies

        $402.00

        1. 3.9.1 Land Use Planning

          $165.00

        2. 3.9.2 Noise Mitigation at Source

          $169.00

        3. 3.9.3 Noise Mitigation at Receiver

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 Environmental & Aesthetic Issues

        $147.00

    4. 4 MATERIALS

      $2,100.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Demand by Area

        $152.00

        1. Table | OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY AREA

      3. 4.3 Demand by Value

        $178.00

        1. Table | OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY VALUE

        2. CHART III-1 OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND: VOLUME & VALUE. 2014

      4. 4.4 Concrete

        $616.00

        1. Table | CONCRETE OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND

        2. 4.4.1 Precast Panels

          $221.00

        3. 4.4.2 Concrete Masonry Units

          $194.00

        4. 4.4.3 Formed-in-Place

          $101.00

      5. 4.5 Metal

        $208.00

        1. Table | METAL OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND

      6. 4.6 Wood

        $192.00

        1. Table | WOOD OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND

      7. 4.7 Other Products

        $372.00

        1. Table | OTHER MATERIALS OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND

        2. 4.7.1 Plastic

          $188.00

        3. 4.7.2 All Other

          $102.00

      8. 4.8 Supports

        $156.00

        1. Table | OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER SUPPORTS DEMAND

      9. 4.9 Coatings

        $149.00

        1. Table | OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER PROTECTIVE COATINGS DEMAND

    5. 5 MARKETS

      $1,279.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $339.00

        1. Table | OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY MARKET & APPLICATION

        2. CHART IV-1 OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014

        3. 5.1.1 Demand by Market

          $121.00

        4. 5.1.2 Demand by Application

          $95.00

      2. 5.2 Highways

        $314.00

        1. Table | HIGHWAY MARKET FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS

      3. 5.3 Aviation

        $224.00

        1. Table | AVIATION MARKET FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS

      4. 5.4 Utilities & Railroads

        $180.00

        1. Table | UTILITIES & RAILROAD MARKET FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS

      5. 5.5 Building Construction

        $221.00

        1. Table | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIERS

    6. 6 REGIONS

      $3,162.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 6.2 Regional Demographic & Economic Activity

        $741.00

        1. 6.2.1 Population Patterns

          $219.00

          1. Table | POPULATION BY REGION

        2. 6.2.2 Economic Outlook

          $204.00

          1. Table | GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION

        3. 6.2.3 Construction Activity

          $182.00

          1. Table | CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION

        4. 6.2.4 Urban Highway Mileage

          $90.00

          1. Table | URBAN HIGHWAY MILEAGE

      3. 6.3 State Trends in Outdoor Noise Barrier Use

        $237.00

        1. CHART V-1 STATES WITH LARGEST SHARES OF OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER INSTALLATIONS, 2000-2010

      4. 6.4 Outdoor Noise Barrier Demand by Region

        $2,113.00

        1. Table | OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY REGION

        2. CHART V-2 OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND BY REGION, 2014

        3. 6.4.1 Northeast

          $412.00

          1. Table | NORTHEAST OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND

        4. 6.4.2 Midwest

          $474.00

          1. Table | MIDWEST OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND

        5. 6.4.3 South

          $619.00

          1. Table | SOUTH OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND

        6. 6.4.4 West

          $524.00

          1. Table | WEST OUTDOOR NOISE BARRIER DEMAND

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,290.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $202.00

      2. 7.2 Market Share

        $125.00

      3. 7.3 Manufacturing

        $249.00

        1. 7.3.1 Concrete Products

          $115.00

        2. 7.3.2 Other Materials

          $117.00

      4. 7.4 Product Development

        $100.00

      5. 7.5 Marketing & Distribution

        $134.00

      6. 7.6 Mergers & Acquisitions

        $109.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      7. 7.7 Cooperative Agreements

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      8. 7.8 Company Profiles

        $3,298.00

        1. 7.8.1 Amcon Block & Precast Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 7.8.2 Armtec Infrastructure Incorporated

          $187.00

        3. 7.8.3 Blast Deflectors Incorporated

          $82.00

        4. 7.8.4 CECCO Trading Incorporated

          $82.00

        5. 7.8.5 Coastal Precast Systems Incorporated

          $89.00

        6. 7.8.6 Concrete Solutions Incorporated

          $107.00

        7. 7.8.7 Coreslab International Incorporated

          $82.00

        8. 7.8.8 Cretex Companies Incorporated

          $82.00

        9. 7.8.9 CRH plc

          $202.00

        10. 7.8.10 Dynamic Precast Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        11. 7.8.11 EnCon Companies

          $91.00

        12. 7.8.12 Evonik Industries AG

          $167.00

        13. 7.8.13 Facade Technology LLC

          $87.00

        14. 7.8.14 Faddis Concrete Products

          $154.00

        15. 7.8.15 Fort Miller Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        16. 7.8.16 Hoover Treated Wood Products Incorporated

          $82.00

        17. 7.8.17 Industrial Acoustics Company

          $135.00

        18. 7.8.18 Kinetics Noise Control Incorporated

          $82.00

        19. 7.8.19 LafargeHolcim Limited

          $82.00

        20. 7.8.20 Lexicon Building Systems Limited

          $82.00

        21. 7.8.21 McKeown International Incorporated

          $135.00

        22. 7.8.22 Proudfoot Company Incorporated

          $101.00

        23. 7.8.23 RPM International Incorporated

          $82.00

        24. 7.8.24 Smith-Midland Corporation

          $140.00

        25. 7.8.25 Soletanche Freyssinet Group

          $106.00

        26. 7.8.26 Sound Fighter Systems LLC

          $87.00

        27. 7.8.27 Sound Seal Incorporated

          $82.00

        28. 7.8.28 Spancrete Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        29. 7.8.29 Speed Fab-Crete Corporation

          $82.00

        30. 7.8.30 Superior Concrete Products Incorporated

          $95.00

        31. 7.8.31 Troy Acoustics Corporation

          $82.00

        32. 7.8.32 Valmont Industries Incorporated

          $107.00

        33. 7.8.33 Whitford (LC) Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        34. 7.8.34 Wieser Concrete Products Incorporated

          $82.00

        35. 7.8.35 Xella International SA

          $87.00

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