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Noise can come from a range of external sources and activities. The following information acts as a support and reference point for existing and future City residents, developers, architects and designers.

Noise Reduction Fact Sheet

There are a variety of measures residents can undertake to reduce the impact of external noise entering their homes.

» Noise Reduction Fact Sheet (292Kb)

Noise Technical Fact Sheets

» Sound insulation guidelines (1Mb)
» Gaps and flanking paths (545Kb)
» Sound insulation for windows (703Kb)
» Sound insulation for glazed doors and standard doors (P1Mb)
» Sound insulation for exterior walls and facade systems (829Kb)
» Ventilation (450Kb)
» Sound insulation for air conditioners and other external mechanical plants (383Kb)
» Sounds in the city (752Kb)
» Adelaide city road traffic noise map (Mb)
» Noise Ready Reckoner (440Kb)
» Acoustic terminology (390Kb)
» Frequently asked questions (642Kb)
» Sound insulation for internal walls (529Kb)
» Sound insulation of floors (616Kb)
» Mechanical plant for commercial buildings (656Kb)
» AAAC Star Rating (379Kb)

Noise Ready Reckoner (NRR)

The first of its type in Australia, the NRR is a tool designed to assist residents, potential residents and designers to assess indoor noise exposure to different sources of City noise. It also assists in determining if existing noise proofing systems are adequate.

The NRR measures three types of noise; traffic noise, anti-social intermittent noise and aircraft noise in (particularly relevant in North Adelaide). An advantage of the NRR is that it can also be used to manipulate sound proofing options to see differences in expected noise levels. The NRR does not cover noise generated by music. Please view the Noise Ready Reckoner (440Kb) fact sheet before use.

» Launch the Noise Ready Reckoner

Development Plan

The Adelaide (City) Development Plan guides new development in the City, and is referred to when assessing new development applications. It was updated in January 2006, arising out of a major review (General and Park Lands Plan Amendment Report). As part of this review Council substantially updated policies relating to noise management. The policies were developed in partnership with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and are recognised as leading noise management policy within Australia.

The Development Plan seeks to minimise noise conflict by:

  • Defining allowable noise emissions from new developments that generate noise.
  • Prescribing appropriate requirements for ancillary activities associated with the development such as operating hours, mechanical plant, removal of rubbish and the use of related car parks.
  • Setting out noise attenuation measures required for noise sensitive development (ie residential, health care aged care and education) to achieve several different noise criteria such as sleep disturbance criteria, internal design sound level criteria and music criteria.
  • Ensuring noise levels generated within new developments are acceptable and maintain the amenity of those living within the City.
  • Providing guidelines on maximum allowable music noise levels from an entertainment premise.

» Policies within the Adelaide (City) Development Plan

Development Information Guides

Council has developed a series of Development Information Guides in support of the new Development Plan policies:

» Noise Generating Developments (95Kb)
» Noise Sensitive Developments (97Kb)

Noise Related Websites

Acoustical Star Ratings for Apartments and Townhouses

Members of the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants (AAAC) have been concerned for some time that there are no building regulations or standards that encompass all aspects of the acoustical qualities of apartments, townhouses and other multi-tenancy dwellings.

The AAAC have developed an acoustical star rating system for apartment blocks and townhouses to promote better standards of noise attenuation. This rating system guide has been prepared principally by and for AAAC members, but it is anticipated that it will also be of use to others involved in the design, development and purchase of apartments/townhouses.

The objectives of the AAAC Star Rating system are to:

  • Provide guidance in the design process so that all important acoustical attributes are properly addressed.
  • Encourage consistency between the apparent quality of the design of apartments and the underlying acoustical quality of the structure.
  • Allow a vendor or purchaser to apply an acoustical rating to a property for sale.
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