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Title: Identifying a common parameter for assessing the impact of traffic-induced noise and air pollutions on residential premises in Hong Kong
Authors: Fung, YW
Lee, WL 
Keywords: Air pollution
Noise
Residential environments
Road distance
Traffic-induced
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Habitat International, 2011, v. 35, no. 2, p. 231-237 How to cite?
Journal: Habitat international 
Abstract: Hong Kong is well-known as a high population density city. Residential buildings are often located near busy roads. Residential units with good environmental quality are becoming scarce. Homebuyers are willing to pay a premium for a better environmental quality of which indoor air quality and indoor noise level are the two most important attributes. Traffic is a shared source for noise and air pollution. The influence of distance from road on the decay of traffic-induced noise and air pollutions are of interest to homebuyers and residents. However, recent studies on the combined impact of traffic-induced noise and air are focused on the pedestrian exposures. In this study, a series of noise level and PM 10 concentration measurements were conducted at roadsides of two busy roads in Hong Kong and at ten case study residential units located nearby. The noise level measurements aim at establishing a measurement protocol to identify case study units that are directly exposed to road traffic and the air passage is free from external screening for the subsequent traffic-induced PM 10 concentrations evaluation. Regression analysis on the measurement results indicates that both the traffic-induced noise and the PM 10 concentrations at the case study units exhibit a linear correlation with the logarithm of their corresponding distance from road (logR). The result confirms that "logR" can be adopted as a common parameter for evaluating the combined impact of road traffic on the noise and air pollutions of a residential unit.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8800
ISSN: 0197-3975
EISSN: 1873-5428
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2010.09.007
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