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Human annoyance, acceptability and concern as responses to vibration from the construction of light rapid transit lines in residential environments

Wong-mcsweeney, D, Woodcock, JS, Peris, E, Waddington, DC, Moorhouse, AT and Redel-Macias, MD 2016, 'Human annoyance, acceptability and concern as responses to vibration from the construction of light rapid transit lines in residential environments' , Science of the Total Environment .

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the use of different self-reported measures for assessing the human response to environmental vibration from the construction of an urban LRT (Light Rapid Transit) system. The human response to environmental stressors such as vibration and noise is often expressed in terms of exposure–response relationships that describe annoyance as a function of the magnitude of the vibration. These relationships are often the basis of noise and vibration policy and the setting of limit values. This paper examines measures other than annoyance by expressing exposure–response relationships for vibration in terms of self-reported concern about property damage and acceptability. The exposure–response relationships for concern about property damage and for acceptability are then compared with those for annoyance. It is shown that concern about property damage occurs at vibration levels well below those where there is any risk of damage. Earlier research indicated that concern for damage is an important moderator of the annoyance induced. Acceptability, on the other hand, might be influenced by both annoyance and concern, as well as by other considerations. It is concluded that exposure–response relationships expressing acceptability as a function of vibration exposure could usefully complement existing relationships for annoyance in future policy decisions regarding environmental vibration. The results presented in this paper are derived from data collected through a socio-vibration survey (N = 321) conducted for the construction of an urban LRT in the United Kingdom.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Science of the Total Environment
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0048-9697
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Funders: DEFRA, MAPFRE Foundation
Depositing User: WM Taylor
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2016 14:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37887

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