Urban acoustic screens

In larger cities, high noise levels from road traffic is a large and growing environmental problem. Acoustic screens are often perceived as physical barriers and aesthetically unwanted, which hinders their use for traffic noise reduction in urban environments. The long-term aim is to significantly reduce the exposure to high noise levels from road traffic noise, for housing environments and recreational areas. The goal is to develop and disseminate a concept for low urban acoustic screens for road traffic noise, incorporating acoustical, architectural and practical aspects. We expect that the proposed project will contribute to the Swedish environmental quality objective ´A Good Built Environment´ by applying the resulting noise measures at new locations. Through the development of models, prototypes and finally a new screen, we plan to give knowledge as well as practical solutions to reduce road traffic noise in cities.

Partner organizations

  • Z-Bloc Norden AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Tyréns AB (Private, Sweden)
  • Stockholms stad (Public, Sweden)
  • Konstfack (Academic, Sweden)
  • Stockholm University (Academic, Sweden)
Start date 01/11/2013
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2018
Project leader

​Chalmers (SWE)

Project members
Stockholm University (SWE)
City of Stockholm, Environment and Health Administration (SWE)
City of Stockholm, Traffic Administration (SWE)
Stockholm konst (SWE)
University College of Arts Crafts and Design (SWE)
Tyréns AB (SWE)
Z-bloc Norden AB (SWE)

Jens Forssén, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Chalmers

Funded by

  • VINNOVA (Public, Sweden)
The project is carried out at the Division of Applied Acoustics in the Vibroacoustics group.
Keywords:  Urban acoustics, acoustic abatement, road traffic noise, outdoor acoustics, acoustic screen, design, case studies, numerical modelling, measurements

Areas of Advance

​Built Environment

Page manager Published: Thu 31 May 2018.