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Length: 60 minutes, Learning credits: 1 Educational Hour, AIBC 1.0 Core LU


Road noise is a significant concern in many communities. Health Canada indicates that exposure to noise can have adverse effects on physical, mental, and social well-being. To mitigate this risk, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has a policy for mitigating noise exposure in noise-sensitive land uses such as residential areas, schools, hospitals, and parks. Noise barrier technologies include timber, concrete, plastic, and recycled materials, as well as earth berms.

This presentation will discuss the pros and cons of various noise barrier technologies with an emphasis on Pacific HemFir sound abatement barrier technology. Pacific HemFir sound abatement barriers are a made-in-BC technology with a proven performance track record. The presentation will cover treatment, specification, carbon impacts, acoustic performance, and in-service durability from six projects in the lower mainland.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the impact that road noise can have on surrounding communities
  • Understand the pros and cons of various sound abatement technologies
  • Understand Pacific HemFir sound abatement barrier in-service performance and specification.

This session will be presented by manager of the biomaterials research team at FP Innovations, Canada’s forest product research institute.


Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYufuqhrDkuEtMCZiGw33DHpe0dnFP9VI0J