Successful Residential Sound Insulation Program (SIP)
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority completed the residential sound program in 2014, nearly 20 years after the program’s inception in 1995, and helped insulate more than 5,100 residential units north and south of RNO. This program is an outstanding example of the airport’s efforts to blend its operations with the community while maintaining a high quality of life for the airport’s neighbors.
At the program’s conclusion, over 95% of 5,400 qualified units, with interested homeowners, had received noise mitigation construction improvements (primarily the replacement of existing windows and doors with acoustically rated products). More than $68 million was invested in insulating homes within the eligible area, with an average design and construction cost per home of $15,000 – which was at no cost to the homeowner.
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SIP Exhibit 7g
The Airport Authority had been receiving Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the purpose of sound insulating homes in communities neighboring Reno-Tahoe International Airport each year dating back to 1994. The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority was eligible to receive these funds because of the Airport Authority’s participation in the voluntary Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program that identified specific areas of noise exposure to homes located primarily to the north and south of the airport in Sparks, Reno, and unincorporated Washoe County.
Eligible homes met this criteria:
- Built (Certificate of Occupancy of Final Inspection) prior to October 1, 1998
- Used for residential purposes – Commercial properties and residences which had been converted to commercial use were not eligible
- A permanent structure (not a mobile home)
- Within the FAA-approved 65 decibel (dB) DNL (Day Night Average Level) Noise Exposure area (based on an annual average, e.g. 365 days a year, 24 hours a day) as identified in the Part 150 program
- Experiencing interior noise levels greater than 45 dB in the habitable rooms with the windows closed
- Commercial properties and residences which have been converted to commercial use were not eligible
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport does not have a property acquisition program and has completed the sound insulation program.
For those persons interested in sound insulating their own home, the Airport Authority provides a Residential Noise Mitigation Best Practices Guide.
Find more information about airport noise compatibility and how to file a noise complaint.
Questions regarding the Airport Authority’s former residential sound insulation program, or should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.