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Vol 24 No 3


December 1996


Approaches to Environmental Noise Policy In Australia
M Burgess & Susan Macalpine
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Sleep Disturbance Due to Environmental Noise: A Proposed Assessment Index
R Bullen, A Hede, T Williams
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Reducing Aircraft Noise Impact by Sound Insulation of Houses
P P Narang & K R Butler
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Pilkington Float Glass Plant Noise Control
A Day
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Acoustic Memoirs - Some Byways
C L Fouvy
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New PC-based Multi-analyzer System Enhances Productivity
R Upton

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Approaches to Environmental Noise Policy In Australia

Marion Burgess* and Susan MacaJpine+
Acoustics and Vibration Unit, University College,
University of New South Wales,
Australian Defence Force Academy,
Canberra, ACT 2600
+ 79 Thompson St Drummoyne, NSW 2047

Vol. 24, No. 3 pp 87-90 (1996)
ABSTRACT: Since the 1970s there has been comprehensive noise legislation in most of the States of Australia. Its goal in all cases has been to provide adequate means of controlling unacceptable noise. However significant variations in State approaches to noise control are evident within the details of this noise legislation and associated policy. An international study of the effectiveness of environmental noise policies was undertaken by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the late 19805. Eight points were identified in order to prevent further deterioration of the acoustic environment. In this paper Australian approaches to environmental noise policy are examined in the light of the OECD recommendations.

Sleep Disturbance Due to Environmental Noise: A Proposed Assessment Index

Robert Bullen
ERM Mitchell McCotter Pty Ltd,
24 Falcon St, Crows Nest, NSW 2065

Andrew Hede
Sunshine Coast University College,
Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore South, QLD 4558

Tony Williams
Environmental Impact Reports Pty Ltd,
214a Old South Head Rd, Vaucluse NSW 2030

Vol. 24, No. 3 pp 91-96 (1996)
ABSTRACT: Traditional methods of assessing the impact of environmental noise are generally based on the use of "equal-energy" measures of noise exposure, such as LAeq,24hr or ANEF. These have been derived from studies of the annoyance generated by the noise. This paper presents a proposed methodology for directly usessing the level of sleep disturbance due to intermittent night-time noise, independent of the degree of annoyance caused. The procedure is based on calculation of a Sleep Disturbance Index (SDI) which is numerically approximately equal to the average number of awakenings per night due to the noise. '!ypical values of SOl would range from less than 0.2, representing a relatively insignificant level of disturbance, to greater than 5, representing a very high level. Details of calculation procedures, and possible criterion values in terms of SDl, are discussed. The use of this methodology in addition to traditional "equal-energy" noise indices should allow for a more comprehensive assessment of the impact of night-time noise on residential communities.

Reducing Aircraft Noise Impact by Sound Insulation of Houses

P. P. Narang
CSIRO Division of Building, Construction and Engineering
P.O. Box 310, North Ryde, NSW 2113

K. R. Butler
Australian Operational Support Services
Department of Administrative Services
Private Mailbag 1, P.O. Petersham North, NSW 2049

Vol. 24, No. 3 pp 97-103 (1996)
ABSTRACT: Aircraft noise is a major environmental issue of concern to people living close to airports. Several thousand houses are situated on land near Sydney (jngsford Smith airport which is not considered suitable for new residential development due to high aircraft noise exposure. Aircraft noise reduction provided by existing houses near the Sydney airport has been measured and typical data is presented. Acoustic upgrading measures that can be undertaken to improve the aircraft noise insulation of houses are described. Information on typical costs of acoustic upgrading measures is also given.

Pilkington Float Glass Plant Noise Control

Athol Day
Day Design Pty Ltd,
Consulting Acoustical Engineers

Vol. 24, No. 3 pp 105-106 (1996)

Acoustic Memoirs - Some Byways

C Louis Fouvy
241 Cotham Rd, Kew, Vic 3101

Vol. 24, No. 3 pg 107 (1996)

New PC-based Multi-analyzer System Enhances Productivity

By Roger Upton,
Br?el & Kj?r Measurements A/S,
2850 N?rum, Denmark

Vol. 24, No. 3 pp 109-111 (1996)




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