Environmental Noise

BRE has carried out two major environmental noise studies to examine the current noise climate in the UK and how it affects people. The studies are being used to help develop national noise policy and they also demonstrate the extensive capabilities of the BRE environmental noise research and consultancy service.

The studies were carried out on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland; the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Executive.
Measuring noise (National Noise Incidence Study 2000/2001)
During 2000 and 2001 noise levels were measured for 24 hours outside a sample of 1160 dwellings in the UK. The data gathered enabled BRE to:
+ assess the UK's noise climate in 2000/01
+ investigate changes in the noise climate of England and Wales between 1990 and 2000
+ investigate relationships between noise levels outside dwellings and people's attitudes towards road traffic noise.

Understanding attitudes (National Noise Attitude Survey 1999/2000)
Over 5500 people were interviewed, and the resulting information enabled BRE to:
+ obtain the best possible estimate of current UK attitudes to noise
+ investigate changes in attitudes to noise in England and Wales between 1991 and 1999
+ investigate the importance of questionnaire design in noise attitude surveys.

Key results
BRE presented two papers at the DEFRA Noise Forum Conference, May 2002, that summarised the key findings of the two studies. Click here for download as pdf files:

The full reports and data from the studies are available on the DEFRA noise research website.

London-related data
BRE has also undertaken analysis of the London-related data from these surveys. Further details can be found here.

For more information, contact Colin Grimwood on 01923 664300, e-mail environment@bre.co.uk.


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