Social assessment of environmental lfn

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Piet Sloven

Env. Protection Agency Rotterdam

Wednesday 3 june, 2015, 15:00 - 15:20

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In order to assess lfn properly it is necessary to have knowledge of lfn, of the social impact and of the legal and juridical possibilities. In many cases to what limit a certain level of lfn is acceptable is questioned. A quite common aid to assess lfn are curves in which levels (dB's) are related to frequencies (Hz). In cases in question hearing thresholds, degree of annoyance and the used 'normal' A-weighted standards have to be regarded. In the Netherlands there are some lfn-curves. This article elucidates how one of those curves is constructed. The first development of that 'EPA-curve' took place in 1998. Revised in 2011. Following those principles of construction enable to fit lfn-curves to an acoustical climate one wishes to be admissible. Examples of factors are: degree (percentage) of coverage, emphasis on protection of certain people or on the living space, the A- and C-weighted general limits, avoiding 'all' noise or even granting wishes about quietness.

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