On the study of effects of views to water space on noise annoyance perceptions at homes

T. M. Leung, Chi Kwan Chau, Shiu Keung Tang, Shuk Ching Lilian Cheng

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Noise annoyance posesvarious adverse effects on health and well-beingofhuman beings. Earlierstudies have shown that greenery views perceived fromthe apartments can reduce traffic-induced noise annoyances as a result of audio-visual effects. This study intended to explore whether similar noise annoyance moderation effects could be provided by perception of water spaces. Specifically, this study aimed to explore and quantify the effects of different typesof water viewson noise annoyance.The relationship between restorative capacity of water and noise annoyance was also revealed.Threeresidential estates in Hong Kong with views to riversand seasrespectively were selected for this study.One thousand four hundred and forty-sixrespondents were successfully administered via a series of questionnaire surveys, and the noise levels at homes were predicted using CRTNmethod. Results were analyzed to formulate multivariate ordered logit models linking noise annoyance, views to different types of water spacesand personal characteristics of the respondents. Findingsfrom the study can facilitateurban planners and building designers in planning water spaces near residential estates so as to reduce noise annoyance.Other than the findings arising from this study, the methodology formulated in thisstudy can be applied to study the effect of perception of other types of water spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINTERNOISE 2014 - 43rd International Congress on Noise Control Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationImproving the World Through Noise Control
PublisherAustralian Acoustical Society
ISBN (Electronic)9780909882037
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event43rd International Congress on Noise Control Engineering: Improving the World Through Noise Control, INTERNOISE 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 16 Nov 201419 Nov 2014


Conference43rd International Congress on Noise Control Engineering: Improving the World Through Noise Control, INTERNOISE 2014


  • Noise annoyance
  • Soundscape
  • Water spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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