30 March 2016
By Cameron Glanvill
Acoustic fencing is a growing sector within the fencing industry and there is a fair degree of misunderstanding about this type of fence and what it can do which hopefully this article will help unravel.
It is highly likely that we have all seen Acoustic Fencing or Acoustic Barriers installed along new sections of our highways. These are designed to either Absorb or Reflect the noise emanating from motor vehicles, thereby protecting environments in close proximity to the roads which would otherwise be affected by noise pollution over perceived levels and those set by the environmental agency.
There is also an increasing demand for acoustic barriers around housing estates when they are in close proximity to industrial areas, railways lines and roads, protecting new homes from noise pollution and making some parcels of land more suitable for development.
An Acoustic Barrier is designed to either reflect the unwanted noise back towards the source or deflect the noise upwards and away. Absorption type acoustic fences are insulated with products capable of “soaking up” the noise.
The various products available are compliant to BS EN 1794-1 and BS EN 1794-2, and also comply with Highways Sector Scheme 2C for the prefabrication of environmental barriers.
The main characteristics of an acoustic fence are the density of the structure purchased and its height. Many domestic properties would benefit from an acoustic fence, but to make the investment viable and get the maximum benefit, it will be necessary to seek planning permission for a barrier higher than 2M. Some other things to consider are:
Should you be looking to purchase either type of acoustic fencing we suggest you contact us as early as possible in the process so we can advise on the most suitable type of fencing for your installation and discuss any planning issues you may encounter.
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