To assist sponsor-approved noise programs, FAA published AC 150/5100-9A in July 1993 that announced the availability of the Guidelines for the Sound Insulation of Residences Exposed to Aircraft Operations (the Guidelines). The Guidelines themselves were published in 1992 for military and FAA airports programs to serve as a project management handbook for studying, initiating, and implementing sound insulation measures developed under airport noise compatibility programs. The Guidelines were updated in 2005 by the U.S. Navy for application at military airports. The Navy updated the guidelines to meet their current program objectives and to reflect current building codes and insulation product specifications. Research is needed to develop updated guidance for sponsors to effectively manage noise insulation programs of eligible structures in conformance with FAA Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) and Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding requirements.
The objective of this research is to develop updated guidelines for sound insulation of residential and other noise sensitive buildings for potential use by airport and non-airport sponsors to develop and effectively manage their aircraft noise insulation projects. Noise sensitive buildings are defined as “residences (single family and multi-family), schools, hospitals, churches, and other non-compatible structures identified in the sponsor’s NCP and approved by the FAA as a project in the NCP,” as defined in AIP Handbook FAA Order 5100.38C paragraph 812.A.