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TitleThe influence of low-frequency noise pollution on the quality of life and place in sustainable cities: a case study from northern Portugal
Author(s)Alves, J. A.
Silva, Lígia Torres
Remoaldo, Paula Cristina Almeida
KeywordsDEFRA
Human well-being
Low-frequency noise
Noise pollution
Power poles
Sustainability
Issue dateOct-2015
PublisherMDPI AG
JournalSustainability
CitationAlves J. A., Silva L. T., Remoaldo P. C. The Influence of Low-Frequency Noise Pollution on the Quality of Life and Place in Sustainable Cities: A Case Study from Northern Portugal, sustainability, pp. 13920-13946, doi:10.3390/su71013920, 2015
Abstract(s)Discussing urban planning requires rethinking sustainability in cities and building healthy environments. Historically, some aspects of advancing the urban way of life have not been considered important in city planning. This is particularly the case where technological advances have led to conflicting land use, as with the installation of power poles and building electrical substations near residential areas. This research aims to discuss and rethink sustainability in cities, focusing on the environmental impact of low-frequency noise and electromagnetic radiation on human health. It presents data from a case study in an urban space in northern Portugal, and focuses on four guiding questions: Can power poles and power lines cause noise? Do power poles and power lines cause discomfort? Do power poles and power lines cause discomfort due to noise? Can power poles and power lines affect human health? To answer these questions, we undertook research between 2014 and 2015 that was comprised of two approaches. The first approach consisted of evaluating the noise of nine points divided into two groups â near the sourceâ (e.g., up to 50 m from power poles) and â away from the sourceâ (e.g., more than 250 m away from the source). In the second approach, noise levels were measured for 72 h in houses located up to 20 m from the source. The groups consist of residents living within the distance range specified for each group. The measurement values were compared with the proposed criteria for assessing low-frequency noise using the DEFRA Guidance (University of Salford). In the first approach, the noise caused discomfort, regardless of the group. In the second approach, the noise had fluctuating characteristics, which led us to conclude that the noise caused discomfort.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/38189
DOI10.3390/su71013920
ISSN2071-1050
Publisher versionwww.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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