Quieter Home Program
In order to achieve the sound level reduction requirements brought forth by the
FAA, typical treatments provided by the Program may include the retrofit of
exterior doors and windows, installation of a ventilation system, and possible
other miscellaneous treatments. Treatments and products may vary.
Typical historic windows include wood or historic aluminum products.
The Program may be required to maintain all existing muntin (grille) patterns,
should your existing windows have them. The windows are retrofit; and due to the
thickness and weight of the glass, window frames and muntins will be
thicker/wider, resulting in a noticeable loss of light.
Non-historic windows will be aluminum or vinyl products. Homes with existing
aluminum or steel windows are eligible for aluminum windows. All other windows
will be replaced with a vinyl product. The windows are retrofit; and due to the
thickness and weight of the glass, the window frames will be thicker/wider,
resulting in a noticeable loss of light.
The Program offers a variety of wood and steel entry doors as well as aluminum
and vinyl sliding doors. The Design Team will recommend specific door selections
in order to maintain the architectural consistency of your home and to best
achieve the required interior noise level reduction.
During the Assessment appointment, the Design Team will evaluate your existing
ventilation system. In most cases, the Design Team must design a new ventilation
system in order to property ventilate your home. The type and size of the
ventilation will vary depending upon the size of your home and land use. In most
cases, single family homes and condos receive a central heating and air
conditioning system and multi-family apartment buildings receive a fresh air
ventilator. The location of the system, corresponding ductwork, and possible
soffiting and dropped ceilings will be reviewed with you during the Design
Typically found in older homes, mail slots can be a noticeable source
of noise entering your home. Typical treatments include sealing the mail slot
and providing an exterior mounted mailbox or installing a wall mounted baffle to
maintain the architectural look from the exterior.
Fireplaces can also be a source of noise intrusion. The Program will assess the
condition and operation of your fireplace(s) and may provide a chimney cap and
damper or a fireplace door on each operational fireplace in your home.
During the Assessment appointment, the Design Team will assess your existing
insulation; if it does not meet specific acoustical standards and if there is
sufficient space to remove and reinstall insulation, the Program may provide