Urban noise

The sounds in a city are central to our quality of life. Constant exposure to noise effects both our physical and psychological health, and our ability to learn and communicate.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has proven direct links between noise and health risks. It is reported that in western European countries:

  • 1 million healthy life-years are lost from traffic-related noise every year
  • Every third person in the WHO European Region is affected by traffic noise
  • 40% of the population is exposed to road traffic noise at levels exceeding 55 dB(A)
  • 30% of the population is exposed to levels exceeding 55 dB(A) during the night

A range of additional tools are available to help in managing urban noise

  • Determine noise sources: Assessment +Read More Determine noise sources: Assessment
    Assessing noise is essential to ensure that noise limits are respected. Noise limits in urban environments are defined per source type – i.e., they are specific for traffic, construction sites, industrial plants, entertainment and leisure activities, and for neighbours.
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  • Predict and prevent noise: Planning +Read More Predict and prevent noise: Planning
    Noise planning prevents noise issues arising and optimises the use of resources by managing the future noise environment. Noise mapping is done through calculations, and is essential for planning urban development of residential areas, such as with industrial sites, highways and airports.
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  • Manage noise: Learn to do things right +Read More Manage noise: Learn to do things right
    Knowledge and skills make a practical difference in the everyday work to abate noise. Improve your noise management skills with Brüel & Kjær training courses, ranging from the basics of noise and its effects to more specialised classes on noise planning, assessment and control.
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