Noise pollution can trigger stress-related illness, contribute to hearing loss, reduce productivity, and disrupt sleep as well as the enjoyment of life, for residents across the U.S. As such, reducing noise pollution via policy and urban design and planning is key consideration for government bodies. It falls on government bodies to ensure that noise levels are kept at a safe volume, while balancing the development of urban areas for the benefit of residents.
In this post, we highlight the value of ATTOM’s noise data for government agencies.
The Problem of Noise Pollution
As a large cause of nuisance and stress in urban environments, noise pollution is a key consideration when it comes to urban planning.
It falls on the government to reduce noise pollution and design and to develop policies that support the development of quieter commercial and residential buildings. Regulations must be put into place to ensure noise is regulated for the benefit of the public, while also ensuring other needs are met through urban design initiatives.
Effective government decisions are based on comprehensive environmental information. Noise data can help facilitate noise-sensitive urban planning and policy decisions.
ATTOM’s Noise Data in Action
Plans for new commercial and residential buildings must take into account potential noise pollution and account for measures to reduce noise experienced by those who will occupy the building and people living in the surrounding area.
Government bodies, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), must ensure they have accurate, up-to-date noise data on the site’s location, so they can assess and manage ongoing noise levels and ensure compliance.
ATTOM’s noise data can help inform accurate evaluations of local noise levels. For example, according to HUD guidelines, if the construction of a commercial property has been commissioned that is close to a railway, noise must be at or below 65 DNL if the property is within 3,000 feet of a railroad.
ATTOM’s railroad noise data measures noise on a three-point scale (from 0 to 3), measuring noise levels based on when trains are passing through the area (including the metro, heavy rail, and light rail). This data can help the HUD accurately assess whether the development of a property adheres to regulations.
Get Started with ATTOM’s Noise Data
Noise pollution is a key issue for people living in urban environments, contributing to productivity loss, stress, and sleep disturbances. It falls on government agencies to ensure noise levels are managed to ensure residents’ wellbeing.
Get accurate noise data to help ensure compliance with noise regulations and to inform government policy on noise disturbances. Contact the ATTOM team for more information.
This is a theoretical use case informed by the very real ways our clients use ATTOM’s noise data.