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Revisions of the Environmental Noise Directive

Annex II of the Environmental Noise Directive describes the common EU methods for calculating exposure  to different noise levels. They comprise a set of formulas and coefficients to be used to calculate noise levels at the façade of the buildings.

The common methods were adopted through a revision of Annex II of the END in 2015.

Annex III of the Environmental Noise Directive will describe the methods for calculating the burden of disease caused by exposure to specific noise levels. The methods will include dose-effect relations for a set of health endpoints such as cardiovascular disease, annoyance and sleep disturbance.

A revised Annex III is currently under development following the latest scientific review of the health effects of noise that is being performed by the WHO.