Air Quality & Noise Analysis

Air quality and pollutants as well as excessive noise and vibration can affect our communities, our health, and our environment. As the environment continues to evolve, whether due to climate change or specific impacts of a project, finding the answers to mitigate the effects on our environment is critical. The VHB Air Quality and Noise Team provides state-of-the-art air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG), noise, and vibration services to a variety of public and private clients. Our breadth of experience allows us to creatively navigate complex assessments of air quality and noise impacts to deliver mutually beneficial solutions to both our clients and the public. VHB’s attentive approach to air quality and noise evaluations results in engaging reports and assessments, informative public presentations, and continuous client communication.

Air Quality & Greenhouse Gases

With experience throughout the East Coast, VHB is well-versed in technology-enabled examinations of emissions from highway, rail, industrial, and private development projects. We leverage our extensive knowledge of federal and state agencies to strategically guide clients through the assessment of air quality for applicable federal processes, such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), or state and local environmental review procedures, policy review, and permitting requirements.

Noise & Vibration

VHB has been a reliable and experienced partner for acoustical analysis and noise barrier design services since the 1990s. VHB’s experience with noise and vibration analyses encompasses the expansion of major intermodal transportation facilities, the creation of expansive managed lanes on a metropolitan highway, offshore wind permitting and full campus industrial noise evaluations.

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Heidi Richards, PE, ENV SP

Director of Air Quality & Noise Services

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Chris Bajdek

Director of Noise & Vibration

Air Quality Capabilities

  • Air Permitting

  • BACT Air Quality Analysis

  • Conformity Demonstration

  • Construction Air Quality & Noise Assessment

  • Construction Mitigation Protocols

  • Continuous Emission Monitoring & Assessment

  • Dispersion Modeling

  • Environmental Justice Assessments (NEPA)

  • Emissions Inventories

  • Emissions Reporting

  • General Conformity Assessments

  • Landside Airport Air Emissions

  • Marine Port Onshore & Offshore Emissions

  • Mobile GHG Analysis

  • Mobile Source Air Toxic Assessment

  • Mobile Source Emissions

  • Rail/Transit Air Quality Assessment

  • Regulatory Compliance Air Quality Permitting (NEPA; State and Local)

  • Remediation Action Plan/E-Designation & Restrictive Declaration

  • Stationary GHG Analysis

  • Stationary Source Emissions & Permitting (Title V; State)

Noise Capabilities

  • BACT Noise Analysis

  • Baseline Noise & Vibration Monitoring

  • Compliance Noise & Vibration Monitoring

  • Construction Mitigation Protocols

  • Construction Noise & Vibration Modeling

  • Construction Noise & Vibration Monitoring

  • Design Build Noise Services

  • Energy (BESS; Substation; Wind Farms; Solar; Generator)

  • Environmental Justice Assessment

  • HUD Noise Assessment & Mitigation

  • Local Noise Ordinance Update & Compliance

  • Marine Onshore & Offshore Noise Assessments

  • Noise Barrier Assessment & Mitigation Protocols for Highway and Rail Projects

  • Rail/Transit Noise & Vibration Assessment

  • Remediation Action Plan/E-Designation & Restrictive Declaration

  • Regulatory Compliance Noise Permitting (NEPA; State and Local)

  • Statewide Noise Policy

  • Stationary Source Noise Inventory & Assessment

  • Traffic noise assessments (FHWA TNM 2.5)

  • Type II Noise Policy