Dr Norm Broner has over 35 years of consulting experience in Acoustics, Noise and Vibration. He has been heavily involved in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and with the preparation of Environmental Management plans. Where necessary, optimum cost-effective noise controls have been recommended and designed to reduce excessive noise emissions to within statutory and regulatory limits. Norm has also been involved with various community/public consultation processes/meetings and has also presented technical information at public/community meetings and provided expert witness at various Tribunals/Panel Hearings and in court.
Norm has been involved with the effects of Low Frequency Noise (LFN) since 1973. He completed his PhD on LFN Annoyance at Chelsea College under the guidance of Prof Geoff Leventhall and proposed the LFNR noise metric to minimise LFN annoyance indoors. He conducted a research program on LFN and Rumble due to HVAC funded by ASHRAE (USA) which resulted in a modification of the RC criterion. Norm wrote the Chapter on “Effects of Infrasound, Low Frequency Noise and Ultrasound on People” in the “Handbook of Noise and Vibration Control” which was published in September 2007. More recently, Norm developed simplified LFN criteria which have been adopted by the Australian NSW Department of Planning.
Norm was a member of the Australian National Health Medical Research Council Wind Farm & Human Health Reference Group which completed its investigation with the NHMRC statement in Feb 2015. Norm was also an International Advisor to the Health Canada research project entitled Community Noise & Health Study for which the field work has been completed, the preliminary results have been released and now several peer reviewed papers are being prepared for publication.
Norm was the Guest Editor for a special edition of Acoustics Australia Vo1 41 April 2012 dealing with the topic of Wind Farm Noise.
Norm has applied this expertise to the assessment of environmental noise emissions from power stations, mines, process plant and wind turbine farms.
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