This fact sheet provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about residential sound insulation under the Quiet Home Program. We hope that it will help you understand the insulation component of the program and encourage those of you that are eligible to participate. It is also intended to correct some of the misinformation which has been common about the program.
It is expected that sound insulation activities will take more than ten years to complete. Availability of funds will determine how fast the program can continue to work on sound insulation. Approximately 2,100 homes are eligible for sound insulation treatment.
Program Staff will notify you in person and/or in writing that your property is in an area for a future sound insulation project. Program participation is voluntary.
No. All sound insulation work is provided at no cost to the property owner. No lien will be placed on your property.
Participants are required to provide avigation easements to LAWA which state that the owner will not sue the airport on issues of noise and nuisance. Issues of safety remain unchanged.
The entire construction process should take no more than ten (10) working days, start to finish. There are different elements to the sound insulation of your home. Typically, sound insulation work includes the installation of acoustic doors and windows, heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, attic insulation, vent baffles, chimney dampers, etc.
After receiving sound insulation, the interior noise exposure level of a residence will be no higher than 45db CNEL in all habitable rooms. This is the acceptable interior noise level for residential dwellings under Federal and State requirements.
Yes. Participation in the sound insulation program does not preclude you from selling your property during or after the sound insulation work.
No. The sound insulation work will not change the overall appearance of your house in a negative way. Actually, the work will improve the appearance and comfort and it will make your home more energy efficient.
No. The Quiet Home Program does not offer that option. Once sound insulated, a home is considered compatible with airport operation.
No. The State Board of Equalization does not generally consider the soundproofing of existing residences to be an assessable event.
Program participation does not change any rights you had previously. Any room additions or other related improvements will be required to meet zoning code requirements and other applicable building requirements.
No. The eligibility factor is that your property be located within the contour specified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and/or LAWA.
Either the homeowner or someone representing the homeowner will be required to be present during all construction. No work will be done otherwise. Either the owner or his/her designated representative must be present to provide access for the Contractor and Program inspectors.
The homeowner is solely responsible for the well-being of their pets. If you are worried about any aspect of your pet’s welfare (construction noise, strange people in and out of the house, escape from yards, etc.) you should remove the animals during construction. The Program cannot be responsible for your pets.
Every effort will be made to maintain the features currently in place in your home. However, doggie doors and mail slots are pathways by which sound enters your home and may need to be treated as part of the sound insulation work. If you decide you must keep the doggie door, be advised that the desired reduction in noise level may not be achieved in that room. You may be asked to sign a document accepting this condition. Mail slots can be relocated or replaced by surface mounted exterior mailboxes.
No, the Program requests that the homeowner remove and reinstall all window treatments. Please be advised that in some cases, it may be necessary to increase the size of a window in order to meet current code requirements.