The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that certain homes around the airport may be eligible for complimentary, sound insulation improvements to minimize aircraft noise inside the home. The Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA), working with the FAA and C&S Engineers, has created the QuieterHome® Program to administer these improvements.
The LRAA also is committed to making this project environmentally friendly. The use of energy efficient treatments, from windows and doors to insulation and new HVAC units, will reduce the energy used. In addition, the homeowner has the option to recycle or re-use the materials replaced.
How It Works
The program offers eligible participants complimentary, sound-insulation improvements to reduce aircraft-generated noise within the home. The improvements may include new acoustical windows, prime doors, attic and wall insulation and, in certain cases, a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC). These improvements will allow homeowners to enjoy quieter living within their home while sleeping, watching television, talking on the phone and interacting with family and friends.
The FAA and the LRAA fund the entire cost. The LRAA qualifies (and regularly applies) for federal funds for the program from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program. FAA funding is from aviation user fees, such as airline tickets and aircraft fuel sales. The airport user fees pay for the LRAA’s share of the program cost. No general tax dollars are used to pay for this program.
The LRAA and the C&S team, which includes several local consultants, have been working on the QuieterHome® Program since 2007. The project house opened in June, 2009.
As of September 2015, the Authority has installed sound insulation for 542 families (out of 688) and funded the program with proceeds from Part 150 land sales and $18.1million in federal grants.
The FAA determines eligibility based on the level of aircraft noise impacting the home. Homeowners in eligible phases of the Louisville QuieterHome® Program have already been contacted by the QuieterHome® project office. If you have questions on program eligibility, please contact the project manager at the number listed below. For homeowners who are not eligible for the program please click here for tips for a quieter home.
C&S Engineers, a recognized leader in the sound-insulation industry, was chosen to administer the Louisville QuieterHome® Program through a competitive bidding process in 2007. Since 1968, the C&S Companies have earned a solid reputation for quality engineering, architectural and construction services. They have successfully completed—or are in the process of working on—16 similar residential sound insulation programs in cities including Boca Raton, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and San Diego. C&S also is working with several local consultants to implement the QuieterHome® Program, including: Godsey & Associates (architectural design), Mathis & Sons (construction inspection), Micro-Analytics (environmental), Guthre Mayes (community outreach) and Seiller Waterman, LLC (agreements & easements).
The QuieterHome® Program has set up a project house to allow visitors to see and hear firsthand just how well the sound-insulation improvements work. The project house, located at 3034 Larue Court, Louisville, KY, is open to the public Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you have additional questions, or would like more information, please contact the Quieter Home® Program’s project manager at (502) 636-2448. You may email the project manager at firstname.lastname@example.org