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The quiet side concept – benefits and limitations

Conference paper
Authors Evy Öhrström
Anita Gidlöf-Gunnarsson
Published in Proceedings of the Joint Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting 2006 (BNAM), 8-10 November 2006, Gothenburg, Sweden
Publication year 2006
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Language en
Subject categories Environmental medicine

Abstract

Socio-acoustic surveys were carried out within the research programme “Soundscape Support to Health” to test if access to a quiet side of the dwelling enhance opportunities for relaxation, decrease noise annoyance and other adverse health effects related to noise. The results demonstrate a clear benefit of a quiet side (especially if this side also has high quality in other physical environmental aspects) corresponding to a reduction in sound levels of 5 dB at the most exposed façade. The “quiet side concept” is now being tested by a full-scale intervention project of a residential area exposed to high sound levels from road traffic. A quiet side will be created through new buildings that fill in gaps between houses facing the highway and through a considerable rebuilding of the dwellings. The paper discuss how soundscape design including “the quiet side concept” can be implemented in city and traffic planning in relation to findings obtained in the main study and results from the intervention project where a pre-study have been conducted.

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