The global gas barrier membranes market is expected to grow at a significant rate in the estimated time owing to rising concerns to protect the building structures from hazardous ground gases. Prevention of invisible and harmful gases to enter into residential and commercial structures is likely to increase the demand for membranes that prevent their penetration. Contaminated land emits radon and carbon dioxide gases from ground surfaces that can negatively impact on human health, thus modern houses need barrier protection to prevent these, which in turn is anticipated to raise the demand for gas barrier protection in the structures.
Increasing population rate and shortage of houses have driven the development and utilization of old mine working lands, brownfield sites and landfill sites where waste has been buried. Moreover, public infrastructure and commercial building projects are being carried on contaminated land spaces. Construction on such land gives rise to the emission of hazardous gases such as carbon dioxide, radon, methane, and carbon monoxide. Increasing construction on contaminated and industrial land is projected to increase the adoption of gas barrier membrane products over the forecast period.
Gas barrier membranes when installing with relevant codes of practices, provide safe solutions for the protection of buildings against various gases and chemicals that occur naturally and through contaminated land. Products’ multilayer structure, high strength, and easy installation have propelled its popularity. These barrier membranes are installed in the flooring foundation of new build property.
The early structural planning of the construction site complying with building standards and regulations and the use of barrier membranes can prevent harmful gases and chemicals from entering into the interior of the property. Thus, builders nowadays are focusing on the installation of gas barriers for residential and commercial construction specifically for precast concrete slabs, suspended beam-and-block concrete floors and reinforced cast-in-situ concrete floors.
Fluctuations and instability in the construction industry across the globe is likely to slow down the demand for advanced materials for construction projects, this can be a restraining factor for the gas barrier membranes market. The installation of these membranes require a skilled workforce and detailing to achieve effective sealing across the flooring space. Moreover, the lack of awareness about the product and its benefits are likely to hamper its demand for construction activities.
The gas barrier membranes are available in different forms such as radon barrier membranes, self-adhesive gas membranes, liquid gas membranes, and others. Moreover, the specialized membrane products are available for protection against CO2, methane, and hydrocarbons. Further, the installation of these membranes requires special components including joint tapes, top hat units, detailing tapes, drainage & venting map, heavy-duty protection board, and others.
Radon gas barrier membranes are anticipated to be the largest product type over the forecast period on account of suitable characteristics for protection against gases. Products’ easy installation and cost-effectiveness are likely to be the driving factors. Radon gas barriers’ waterproofing properties and enhanced durability backed with a blend of polymer films are likely to increase their popularity in construction projects.
Residential constructions are expected to be the largest application segment for the products over the forecast period. Rising demand for standalone residential homes and single-family houses across major economies coupled with increasing awareness of safeguarding the living spaces are anticipated to support the demand for gas barrier membranes. Moreover, increasing commercial constructions including public buildings, conventional centers, shopping centers, eateries, and others are likely to support the growth over the projected period.
Europe is estimated to be the largest market for gas barrier membranes owing to the increasing utilization of brownfield land for construction activities across the region. Stringent regulations for the protection of the new building against carbon dioxide and methane gases, under code BS 8485:2015 and others, are likely to support the demand for the product for construction practices. Increasing constructions for residential and commercial structures in major countries such as the UK, France, Spain, Russia are likely to ascend the demand for products over the estimated time.
The Asia Pacific is likely to follow the trend at a moderate pace owing to the slow penetration of gas barrier membranes across the regions. Lack of product awareness and its benefits for the building structures and favorable traditional construction practices in the region are the factors for products’ slow penetration in the region. However, a skilled workforce and growing construction industry in the region can provide growth opportunities over the forecast period.
Manufacturers in the gas barrier membranes market are focusing on the introduction of gas membranes with multi-function capabilities such as protection from hazardous gases and waterproofing. Technological developments in the product have introduced barrier membranes with reinforced polymers, integral aluminum foil and enhance strength to sustain in heavy weighing flooring applications.
Major players operating in the gas barrier membranes market include British Polythene Limited, Industrial Textiles & Plastics Ltd., Delta Membranes, Monarflex SRO, Permagard Products Limited, among others. These players compete based on product quality, pricing, and services. Moreover, these players are engaged in providing installation services for construction projects.
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