Building codes, municipal bylaws, and industry-specific best practice requirements notwithstanding, noise control remains only minimally regulated in Canadian jurisdictions. Disputes about noise disturbance from residential or commercial neighbours fall under the nebulous common law category Nuisance, and even structural noise problems (often due to building design incongruence with purchaser expectations) can prove difficult to resolve. Open to a considerable breadth of interpretation, the parameters of “excessive” noise sometimes require third-party, scientific objectivity when disagreements occur.
We offer expert witness services for all aspects of acoustic measurement and assessment. Recent services have included:
- testing and assessment of, as well as opinion on, sound insulation levels between dwellings within a major Vancouver residential tower development
- measurement of and opinion on sound transmission levels from a fitness studio to adjacent commercial suites
- measurement of and opinion on increased road traffic noise affecting land with future development potential
- opinion on how sound transmission from an outdoor shooting range could potentially impact development in the nearby community.