A critical review of current policy for the assessment of night-time noise in the EU

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Title: A critical review of current policy for the assessment of night-time noise in the EU
Authors: King, Eoin A.
Murphy, Enda
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3089
Date: Jul-2011
Abstract: This paper explores issues surrounding the estimation of population exposure data in accordance with EU Directive 2002/49/EC and, in particular, focuses on the assessment of night-time noise. It has been identified by many authors that no standardised method for estimating population exposure to noise exists. Thus, results from noise exposure studies across Member States cannot be compared reliably or combined. For sleep disturbance assessments, the issue is further compounded by the use of methodologies that are not fully understood. Significant concern exists over the use of the new Lnight indicator, which is measured over eight hours, as sleep disturbance studies to date rarely cover this period and noise indices do not usually include Lnight. Furthermore, assessments are performed using calculations at the position of the most exposed façade, while the impact of using this position, with respect to the bedroom, has not been fully quantified. This paper summarises the practical issues associated with the assessment of night-time noise in accordance with the requirements of EU Directive 2002/49/EC. Possible solutions are suggested including further guidance and the creation of an EU data infrastructure that would significantly improve benchmarking and comparison of future exposure studies under the terms of the Directive.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: UK Institute of Acoustics
Copyright (published version): 2011 Institute of Acoustics
Keywords: Night-time noiseNoise abatementEU noise policy
Subject LCSH: Noise--Measurement
Noise pollution--Measurement
Noise control
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: 10th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem (ICBEN) 2011, July 24-28th, London
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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