Too Much Lot Line Noise

January 15, 2014   
As winter turns to spring people start talking to their architect or landscape designer about a new hot tub or pool, or perhaps it’s a new air conditioner or even an emergency generator. Soon we will start to get phone

Cal Green – California’s Newest Building Code

April 1, 2011   
The importance of acoustics is often forgotten until a building is completed. However, the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code (CalGreen Code) which took effect January 1, 2011 made it mandatory for all new construction in California (non-residential and residential

Focus on Acoustics: Trees as Sound Barriers

August 1, 2010   
When we work on a project to mitigate the impact of an environmental noise source (such as a nearby highway or outdoor cooling tower) on a residence or outside use space (such as a playground), someone always asks about putting

Focus on Acoustics: City Noise Ordinances, Navigating a Sea of Noise

April 1, 2008   
As our population increases and expands, “noise pollution” has been increasingly recognized as a serious and growing environmental and health problem, with consequences ranging from stress and anxiety to permanent hearing loss. Thankfully, noise ordinances have been put in place

Helipad Solutions

October 1, 2007   
Corporations, television stations, police and firefighters use helipads, even high-end residential estates. The noise from the helicopters as they approach, land, and take off can be extremely disruptive to anyone within earshot. At Thorburn Associates our Engineers can provide the

Assessing Environmental Impacts – Air Quality

September 1, 2005   
Often times when the noise quality is affected, so too is the air quality. For example, when a sound wall is built to reduce traffic noise, that same sound wall can “trap” vehicle emissions, and have a derogatory impact on