If you are going to make a complain about noise from construction sites, you might most probably have your complain dismissed.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) today revealed that up to 95% of more than 16,000 complains about construction noise level made in 2014 is unsubstantiated. Complains about noises were dismissed¬†by the NEA’s own handheld noise meter. Residents who made the complain usually just want to find out if the noise level exceeds the limit of set by NEA. use noise meter applications on their phones. According to NEA, most of these noise meter applications on mobile phones are inaccurate and usually register higher reading by as much as 20 decibels.

Screenshot from NEA website
Screenshot from NEA website

The NEA will only install noise meters for construction sites that has received a complaint.

However as it is not mandatory to install noise meters in construction sites, many companies would have received an indirect form of “tip-off” when they see NEA officers installing standalone noise meters at their construction site.

This could most probably explain the discrepancy between the NEA’s reading and resident’s complain.

Do you think it is better to mandate a noise meter recorder for all construction sites near residential buildings in Singapore?

Photo from ConstructionPhotography
Photo from ConstructionPhotography

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