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Hazardous Noise Control in Green Building
A Quiet, Green Home
|Is noise control a matter of comfort in greenbuilding or actually a hazard? That is the question.
The answer is that noise can be both ahazard and a matter of discomfort or annoyance. Two factorsdetermine this:
The louder the noise, the more hazardous it isbut the dBA level alone does not define noise hazard. The longer the exposuretime, the more hazardous the noise. A “Noise Dose” combines both loudnessand time and is a convenient way of describing the relative hazard of the noise. "Noise Dose" defines the noise hazard.
One other point: Loudness is measured using alogarithmic scale. This means that a 10 decibel increase does not simply add 10to the previous level. It multiplies the previous level by 10.
Quiet room: 45 dBA
Noise that is louder than busy city traffic forany length of time is potentially hazardous.
1 or 2 dBA are not perceptible to most humansoutside of a carefully controlled lab environment. A change of 3 dBA isdiscernible, however, and a change of 5 dBA is clearly discernible. That is thedBA change from a quiet room to a conversation.
With respect to a reference sound level, a change of -5 dBA is perceived by thehuman ear as ¾ as loud; a change of –10 dBA is perceived as 1/2 as loud; anda change of –20 dB is perceived as ¼ as loud.
Distance is also important to perception. Doubling the distance to a soundsource from some reference location makes the perceived sound ½ as loud, whilehalving the distance makes it twice as loud.
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