Growing GCC noise pollution awareness spurs rise in standards

Growing GCC environmental awareness is spurring a change in the regional construction sector’s approach to noise pollution solutions, according to a local industry expert.

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By  David Cass Published  October 12, 2002

Growing GCC environmental awareness is spurring a change in the
regional construction sector’s approach to noise pollution solutions, according to a local industry expert.

Paul Richards of Energy International a HVAC (heating, ventilation,
air-conditioning) equipment supplier says noise pollution is becoming a growing issue facing the Gulf’s construction industry.

"In the past some acoustics problems have been ignored, as the time and difficulty posed by post-project resolution made the exercise an
exceptionally costly one, but this is rapidly changing," said Richards, who manages Energy International’s Sharjah office.

"Previously the acoustics field was not so high on the agenda in the
UAE construction industry, however environmental perceptions have changed and so the demand for comprehensive acoustic solutions in new
developments has increased as a result."

It is this change in attitude that has resulted in the introduction of acoustic analysis in the design and construction phases of
infrastructure projects in major UAE developments.

Richards says the lack of market awareness regarding noise pollution
solutions has allowed unscrupulous elements to take advantage of
companies seeking to ensure projects are environmentally sound.

"There have been cases of totally unqualified people posing as acoustic specialists and specifying inferior materials and selling these at highly inflated prices. These elements are able to getaway with this due to a lack of industry knowledge in the field of acoustics.

"Our in-house market research reveals some recently constructed
buildings and those still under construction are sometimes over
specified on acoustic items. Contractors and consultants realize the
requirement of acoustical treatment to tackle noise pollution
problems."

Energy International is now expanding its acoustics business with a
major push at the Middle East’s largest annual show for the contracting industry, the Big 5 trade show, which takes place at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from October 26-30.

"Recently we have brought on board a dedicated acoustics engineer to
lead our acoustics analysis team, we hope to increase market awareness of our specialist service at Big 5 2002, as well as general industry awareness on acoustic challenges within the building sector," explained Richards.

See the full story in next month's Arabian Business.

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