Insulating Homes

Insulating our airport neighborhoods

Another aspect of our noise reduction program is the Residential Sound Insulation Program at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). The airport periodically collaborates with the FAA to provide home insulation treatments that help reduce aircraft noise for residents living within an area identified as having significant noise levels, which is approved by the FAA.

Since 1992, about 770 homeowners have chosen to allow the Columbus Regional Airport Authority to install noise reduction materials in their homes. Typical materials include:

  • acoustic windows
  • attic insulation
  • new primary and storm doors
  • patio doors
  • central air conditioning
  • furnaces
  • electrical upgrades

How the Residential Sound Insulation Program works:

  • We periodically update the Noise Exposure Maps for CMH and LCK. When homes or schools are identified within the 65 DNL (Day/Night Average Noise Level), they may be determined to be eligible for treatment.
  • If determined to be eligible, we apply for FAA grants specifically designated to assist airports with noise reduction insulation for home and school projects.
  • If FAA funds are granted, we contact qualified homeowners whose residence lies within a specific noise contour, which is currently 65 Day/Night average noise level (DNL) as depicted on the latest FAA-approved noise contour map for CMH.
  • Noise contour maps depict existing and five-year future conditions for an airport. The CMH noise contour map is anticipated to be updated in 2020.
  • Participation in our Residential Sound Insulation Program is voluntary by homeowners. Those participating must sign a Homeowner Agreement and an Avigation Easement.
  • Questions? Email us for answers.