Abandoned Homes Help Understand Wind Turbine Annoyance

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At the recent 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, a session was dedicated to research papers related to wind turbine noise and noise standards. Here are the slides and notes from one of these presentations – made by William Palmer, a Professional Engineer based in Canada who listened to what people were saying and used their abandoned homes to better understand the annoyance from wind turbines.

Wind Turbine Annoyance – a clue from acoustic room modes
William Palmer
Acoustical Society of America
29 October 2014

When one admits that they do not know all the answers and sets out to listen to the stories of people annoyed by wind turbines, the clues can seem confusing. Why would some people report that they could get a better night’s sleep in an outdoor tent, rather than their bedroom?

Others reported that they could sleep better in the basement recreation room of their home, than in bedrooms. That made little sense either.

A third mysterious clue came from acoustic measurements at homes nearby wind turbines. Analysis of the sound signature revealed low-frequency spikes, but at amplitudes well below those expected to cause annoyance.

The clues merged while studying the acoustic room modes in a home, to reveal a remarkable hypothesis as to the cause of annoyance from wind turbines. In rooms where annoyance was felt, the frequencies flagged by room mode calculations and the low-frequency spikes observed from wind turbine measurements coincided.

This paper will discuss the research and the results, which revealed a finding that provides a clue to the annoyance, and potentially even a manner of providing relief. Read article

5 thoughts on “Abandoned Homes Help Understand Wind Turbine Annoyance

  1. Now that affected people can see and read how this data is acquired, maybe they will be willing to open their homes to sound studies by those they can rely on for information.

  2. Save all receipts for expenses incurred in keeping you and your family safe. Save all medical /health care records as evidence for class action lawsuits. Keep detailed records of how the imposition of turbines too close to your home has disrupted your life.
    Those who are responsible for ruining people’s homes will be the targets of these lawsuits.

    It’s absolutely unacceptable to have victims of industrial wind turbines in rural Ontario.

  3. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/141106/dq141106c-eng.htm

    ‘[excerpt] Community Noise and Health Study, 2013

    The data files for the Community Noise and Health Study (CNHS) are now available through Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centres.

    This study, also referred to as the Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study, collected self-reported and physical health measures from a sample of individuals living in several communities situated in proximity to wind turbines.

    The CNHS was conducted in partnership with Health Canada, whose experts will produce a series of reports and analyses based on these data.

    The sampling design of the study does not support the production of descriptive statistics that can be generalized to a larger population.

    A summary report of results from the study, that takes into account the complexities of the sampling strategy and its limitations, will be available on the Health Canada website at 9:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 6, 2014. Detailed analytical papers will be released periodically over the following months. For more details, consult the summary on the Health Canada website.’

    Spoke with representative at Stats Canada ~9:45am who didn’t know where “the summary report of results from the study” was located, and transferred the call to Health Canada, and provided telephone numbers 613-957-2991 and toll-free 866-225-0709. “Joseph” at Health Canada was unable to locate “the summary report of results from the study” and provided the following web address and contact information at approximately 9:45am:



    The webpage does not have “the summary report of results from the study”.

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