Wind turbines and health
There is much anecdotal evidence that noise from wind turbines causes problems for those living near several wind developments in Britain. Turbines are regularly switched off to protect those living or working nearby from the effects of shadow flicker.
Both the wind developments and the turbines themselves are increasing in size and applications are being considered for the erection of turbines only 400 metres from dwellings.
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- Noise radiation from wind turbines installed near homes: Effects on health (with an annotated review of research and related issues)
by Barbara J. Frey BA, MA and Peter J. Haddon, BSc, FRICS
Official and corporate documentation often states that noise from wind turbines is insignificant even when they are built close to homes. However, once built, many living near wind turbines find the noise intrusive, with an adverse impact on their quality of life and/or their health. Struck by this discrepancy, the authors independently researched the scientific evidence of the possible effects of noise on people when developers build wind turbines too close to homes. Ms Frey is a retired biomedical librarian and medical library director. Mr Hadden is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. 137pps.
- ETSU-R-97 Why it is Wrong
by Dick Bowdler, BSc, CEng, CPhys, FIOA, FCIBSE, MCIArb
New Acoustics, 2005
A further analysis of ETSU-R-97 which should have been revised six years ago.
- Do wind turbines produce significant low frequency sound levels?
by G.P. Van Den Berg
presented to the `11th International Meeting on Low Frequency Noise and Vibration and its Control`, Maastricht, 2004
This paper explores the nature of low frequency wind turbine sound.
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