When mitigating sound, most of us think that this should be for the long-term. However, it is not at all times when soundproofing needs to be permanent. We do not realise it, but soundproofing is used more on a temporary basis, mainly depending on how long it is needed. That’s why for short-term use, Temporary Noise Control Barrier is the most optimal solution.
There are many uses of temporary noise barriers in Singapore. By knowing what these are, you can then gauge whether you need a permanent or just a quick-impact noise mitigating solution. Soundproofing can be costly, and is usually effective when needed, but becomes idle when the reason for acquiring it has already been properly addressed.
Among the uses of temporary noise barriers are the following:
1. Construction projects.
Construction projects can be very noisy. They contribute to the daily traffic noise, especially when they are being held in busy commercial districts. They can also disrupt activities being done in indoor spaces, such as schools, hospitals, or places of worship. This can lead to conflicts between the contractors and nearby residents. Since NEA has implemented strict regulations for noise boundaries in Singapore, such conflicts can even lead to serious consequences like lawsuits and heavy fines from the government.
Construction projects can be consumed acoustically. The noise generated from the drilling or operating of heavy equipment, as well as the coming and going of workers and vehicles being used.
2. Night works.
Construction projects may take place at night, especially when these involve tunnel and rail activities, or even road and utility works. The noise generated during night-time industrial activities can be intrusive, especially since this is when people rest and sleep. NEA’s strict regulations for Noise Boundaries at nights also make it hard for the projects to be proceeded during night time. Neighbourhoods near the area where these activities are being held may not be able to sleep properly and cause them distress in the long run.
3. Renovation projects.
Temporary noise control barriers can also be used during renovation projects, both in residential, commercial, and industrial spaces. They prove to be important because they keep the offensive sound contained within the perimeters of the source.
These barriers can also be installed in between commercial spaces, like those in malls and department stores. They come in handy when commercial units are undergoing refurbishments, so as not to disturb the stalls and stores that are not part of the renovation. The shoppers will also be protected from the noise.
Concerts are usually one-time events held in indoor spaces. However, there are instances when these are held in open grounds to accommodate more spectators. Temporary noise barriers are then installed to serve the following functions:
· reduce the machinery sounds coming from generators and other backstage equipment that are being used during the event
· improve the sound quality within the concert grounds
· prevent the sound generated in the concert from going towards far distances
5. Other outdoor events.
There are also other outdoor events that require the use of temporary sound barriers. One of these is that of drive-thru or pop-up movie screenings in public parks. Surrounding these venues with sound barriers allow the audience to hear the audio of the movie better, and keep them from getting distracted by nuisances nearby.
Temporary noise control barriers in Singapore are also installed in seasonal theme parks and circuses. They help contain the noise being generated by their equipment within the confines of the open grounds, and not further reach nearby neighbourhoods or commercial districts especially when they are running their shows.