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Focused Study on the Quiet Side Effect in Dwellings Highly Exposed to Road Traffic Noise
AbstractThis study provides additional evidence for the positive effect of the presence of a quiet façade at a dwelling and aims at unraveling potential mechanisms. Locations with dominant road traffic noise and high Lden-levels at the most exposed façade were selected. Dwellings both with and without a quiet façade were deliberately sought out. Face-to-face questionnaires (N = 100) were taken to study the influence of the presence of a quiet side in relation to noise annoyance and sleep disturbance. As a direct effect, the absence of a quiet façade in the dwelling (approached as a front-back façade noise level difference smaller than 10 dBA) leads to an important increase of at least moderately annoyed people (odds-ratio adjusted for noise sensitivity equals 3.3). In an indirect way, a bedroom located at the quiet side leads to an even stronger reduction of the self-reported noise annoyance (odds-ratio equal to 10.6 when adjusted for noise sensitivity and front façade Lden). The quiet side effect seems to be especially applicable for noise sensitive persons. A bedroom located at the quiet side also reduces noise-induced sleep disturbances. On a loud side, bedroom windows are more often closed, however, conflicting with the preference of dwellers.
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Van Renterghem, T.; Botteldooren, D. Focused Study on the Quiet Side Effect in Dwellings Highly Exposed to Road Traffic Noise. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 4292-4310.View more citation formats
Van Renterghem T, Botteldooren D. Focused Study on the Quiet Side Effect in Dwellings Highly Exposed to Road Traffic Noise. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2012; 9(12):4292-4310.Chicago/Turabian Style
Van Renterghem, Timothy; Botteldooren, Dick. 2012. "Focused Study on the Quiet Side Effect in Dwellings Highly Exposed to Road Traffic Noise." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 9, no. 12: 4292-4310.