Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of
Cleveland, Ohio are dedicated towards making Cleveland Airport
System a positive influence on the lives of Greater Clevelanders. In
order to accomplish
this goal, the Department of Port Control is working hand in hand with
Greater Cleveland residents, the Federal Aviation Administration, Cleveland
City Council, Civic and Community leaders to help reduce the impact of
aircraft sound in homes surrounding Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
with a Residential Sound Insulation Program(RSIP).
focus of this program is to make homes in the area around the airport
more livable by reducing the amount of sound that enters the house. By
properly sound insulating a home, the residents not only gain a quieter
interior making it easier to talk on the phone, watch TV, listen to music,
take a nap or have a conversation in their own living rooms, but also
benefit from long lasting improvements and increased efficiency in their
heating and cooling utilities.
As of January 2015, the Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP) is complete and officially closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.
Homeowners who participated in the RSIP who may have questions or comments regarding work performed on their home or product warranties, may contact the Noise Abatement & Real Estate Manager at
Approximately 11,250 eligible properties are within the FAA-approved noise contour. From 1996 to 2013 Cleveland Hopkins
Airport's Department of Port Control has sound insulated 3,156 homes with
this program. Forty-four (44) homes
are scheduled to be completed in 2014. Since the pilot
program began many modifications have been
made to the program. Testing of acoustical products and techniques and
consideration of new construction processes and technologies is an ongoing
effort to improve the program and offer only the best products along with
the latest technological advances.
To be eligible for participation in the Residential Sound Insulation Program,
all homeowners must meet the following requirements:
Program eligibility includes individual homeowners, non-profit organizations
and commercial landlords (whose mixed-use property includes code conforming
permitted residential units) within the eligible target areas. Properties
involving both commercial and residential uses require a Certificate
of Occupancy from the respective jurisdiction or municipality indicating
code compliance and be provided by the Owner prior to proceeding with
design and construction of the property.
must be located in the FAA's Priority One Sound Proofing Area as designated
in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport's FAR 150 Airport Noise Compatibility
Program. Currently, the FAA is providing funding for homes within the 65DNL Buffer Zone. Homes on the current waiting list below the 65DNL Buffer Zone will be
selected for participation as funding becomes available.
· Homeowner must complete any homeowner pre-work prior to the
pre-construction phase and must be in compliance with the Building Codes
of the appropriate city and the State of Ohio (all pre-work is at homeowner's
· Homeowner must enter a legal, binding agreement with the Department
of Port Control. The homeowner
agreement package includes a contract, an authorization to proceed,
and an avigation easement transferred to the city that gives Cleveland
Hopkins International Airport the right to conduct normal operations
in the airspace over the residence. All documents must be completely
executed prior to commencement of any work in the residence. Failure
to complete the above mentioned agreements within the required deadline
might result in removal from the program.
The City of
Cleveland has committed to insulating homes
on the most-impacted basis beginning in 2001.
This current selection of most impacted homes is based on the 1999 noise contour map.
DNL contours were generated to determine the actual DNL for each
home within the program boundaries. i.e. 75 DNL, 74 DNL, 73 DNL, etc
If two contours touch a single parcel, the higher DNL would be used.
If your home is in the 65DNL Buffer Zone or above and it has not received treatment you are encouraged to
waiting list will be modified for each City by ranking individual homes
benefit from the sound insulation program by enjoying a reduction of interior
sound level in the home; making it easier to listen to the radio and television,
phone conversations are more pleasant, sleeping is easier and the average
day becomes much more comfortable and pleasant.
of new windows and doors adds to the overall aesthetic appearance of the
home increasing pride in home ownership.
are preserved and improved.
also improves the relationship between the airport and their neighbors;
and also decreases the number and frequency of noise complaints considerably.
benefits with contractors and their employees being paid for performing
the acoustical installations; local manufacturers providing products to
be used during construction; and the homeowners receive an economic benefit
from long lasting improvements to their home.
Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulation Part 150 Airport Noise and Land
Use Compatibility Planning Program established in the early 1980s provides
funding for airport noise compatibility planning to make neighborhoods
more compatible with Airport noise.
For an airport
to be eligible for funding of a Residential Sound Insulation Program a
noise study must be performed. The FAR part 150 Noise Study includes investigation
of existing noise conditions, flight patterns and land use surrounding
the airport. Upon completion and approval of the study, an airport may
apply for AIP funding to carry out the approved noise attenuation measures.
The current federal funding for sound insulation projects is 80%, which leaves
the remaining 20% the responsibility of other agencies and/or the local
associated with the Sound Insulation Program are being paid for by funds
the City receives from the Federal Aviation Administration and other funding
sources including Passenger Facility Charges and General Airport Revenue
Bonds. No City tax dollars are used to fund the RSIP.
Federal funding must be secured prior
to your property being selected for acoustical modifications. Eligible applicants are prioritized on
a waiting list by the property's sound decibel level. Although a property may be eligible, program
funding is not guaranteed. Please be advised that the continuation of the Residentail Sound
Insulation Program is contingent upon the availability of funds.
Prior to the
start of construction a homeowner must sign an avigation easement. The
easement is a legal document, which stipulates that the homeowner agrees
to recognize the perpetual right of aircraft to fly over their home in
return for the sound insulation program improvements. The easement is
permanently attached to the property deed once filed. (Sample)
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To insure the homeowner that the anticipated
sound reduction goal is being met and to meet FAA criteria a comparison of sound reduction acoustical tests is
Testing must be performed both before and after sound insulation improvements are made at a residence to offer a true
comparison of acoustical performance of an existing structure and the sound reduction improvements realized through
the treatment of the structure. Acoustical testing is performed on a sampling of homes under construction.
testing is required when existing conditions encountered during the assessment visit are such that testing will assist
in determining an appropriate treatment recommendation. This usually occurs when new products, that are comparable to
those recommended by the program, have recently been installed in the home.
The City of
Cleveland, Department of Port Control has contracted with an Acoustical Consultant who will schedule visits of the
selected properties. A team of acoustical testing experts will visit a home with a portable sound generator that is
employed to create an existing "worst case aircraft" scenario. Using both interior and exterior microphones,
simultaneous measurements will be made at typical door and window locations to determine the composite Sound Reduction
values for existing and modified construction. In some instances when testing is the result of an assessment visit
particular situations may be designated. Such as: homeowner is openly skeptical of the anticipated acoustical
improvement; newly replaced windows and doors are encountered; unusual conditions are encountered where testing is
required to determine treatment recommendations.
The airport established an ongoing Noise Compatibility Program to help minimize the impact of air service in the
community. To demonstrate airport commitment to its neighbors' quality of life, this program has been in place for
well over two decades. There are eleven permanent noise monitoring stations located in Cleveland, Brook Park, Olmsted
Township, Olmsted Falls, and Berea. The placement identifies the impact of noise on most surrounding communities.
Each site measures aircraft noise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and transmits data to a central processing office for
continual analysis. The equipment is automatically calibrated daily and manually adjusted twice a year to ensure
A dedicated hotline is available to record complaints. Please provide the date and time of the unusual aircraft
occurrence(s) and your contact information, i.e., name, address, and telephone number. A knowledgeable Noise
Compatibility Officer is on staff to register, evaluate, and return incoming calls by the next business day.
Noise Complaint Hotline