Estimating health related costs and savings from balcony acoustic design for road traffic noise

Naish, Daniel A., Tan, Andy C.C., & Demirbilek, F. Nur (2012) Estimating health related costs and savings from balcony acoustic design for road traffic noise. Applied Acoustics, 73(5), pp. 497-507.

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A multi-faceted study is conducted with the objective of estimating the potential fiscal savings in annoyance and sleep disturbance related health costs due to providing improved building acoustic design standards. This study uses balcony acoustic treatments in response to road traffic noise as an example. The study area is the State of Queensland in Australia, where regional road traffic noise mapping data is used in conjunction with standard dose–response curves to estimate the population exposure levels. The background and the importance of using the selected road traffic noise indicators are discussed.

In order to achieve the objective, correlations between the mapping indicator (LA10 (18 hour)) and the dose response curve indicators (Lden and Lnight) are established via analysis on a large database of road traffic noise measurement data. The existing noise exposure of the study area is used to estimate the fiscal reductions in health related costs through the application of simple estimations of costs per person per year per degree of annoyance or sleep disturbance. The results demonstrate that balcony acoustic treatments may provide a significant benefit towards reducing the health related costs of road traffic noise in a community.

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ID Code: 60026
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Balcony, Dose–response, Noise mapping, Road traffic noise, Sleep disturbance, Public health
DOI: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2011.12.005
ISSN: 1872-910X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Acoustics and Noise Control (excl. Architectural Acoustics) (091301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics Lighting Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied Acoustics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this owrk since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Applied Acoustics, [Vol. 73, No. 5, 2012]
Deposited On: 17 May 2013 00:31
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 07:35

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