Rosa Lin, M.A.Sc. 2014
Supervisor: Dr. Maureen Connelly
Full thesis available in the BCIT Thesis Repository
In a context of increasing urban density and noise levels, laneway housing (LWH) is a compact housing form at risk of multiple noise issues due to factors related to its small form and siting in the unique acoustical environment of Vancouver’s laneways (LW). Currently, Vancouver’s LWH Guidelines do not specify acoustical requirements for laneway housing.
This thesis investigated whether or not four case study laneways and six laneway houses in Vancouver meet CMHC Noise Criteria for residential health. The results confirmed noise problems and quantified the magnitude and led to recommendations for improving acoustical environmental quality in LWH.