Wind farm noise Standard review of NZS 6808

The revised wind farm noise Standard NZS 6808 is in its final stages of preparation for approval and will soon be published.

This Standard revises and replaces the 1998 version. The revised NZS 6808 will provide wind farm developers, local authority decision-makers, and communities with clear and robust methods for the prediction, measurement, and assessment of sound from wind farms.

The 2010 version:

  • retains the recommended noise limits in the 1998 version. The limits in the Standard are intended to provide a reasonable level of protection against sleep disturbance and maintain a reasonable amenity at locations surrounding a wind farm.
  • introduces a new provision for a lower, more stringent limit where a local authority has identified in its district plan the need to provide a higher degree of protection of acoustic amenity in a particular area. This new provision is referred to as the high amenity limit. The Standard sets out in detail the circumstances under which limits should apply.
  • includes model consent conditions designed to ensure correct implementation. When included in a consent or designation these conditions would provide territorial authorities with practical compliance monitoring and enforcement measures.

The Resource Management Law Association and the New Zealand Wind Energy Association are planning seminars in several locations throughout New Zealand to provide a brief overview of wind energy in New Zealand, the Standard's key recommendations, and how it is to be applied. Visit the Wind Energy Association website for more information, and to register your interest in the seminars.

For more information about the revised NZS 6808 email bruce.taylor@standards.co.nz.

Published in environment.