Noise Compatibility/Environmental Programs
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) has a long history of working with the surrounding communities in addressing airport noise issues. In 1979, the RTAA completed its first comprehensive noise study for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) which is referred to as the Airport Noise Control and Land Use Compatibility (ANCLUC) Study. Following this effort, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 150 Noise Compatibility program in 1984. Participation on the part of airports in the FAR Part 150 program is voluntary and for those that do participate additional funding is made available. Because of the RTIA's in-town location and the availability of additional funding to benefit the communities, the RTAA initiated its first FAR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study in 1989 and it was approved by the FAA in 1991. An update to the FAR Part 150 study was initiated in 2000. The final study was approved by the FAA in 2004.
The FAR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study provides both operational and land use recommendations for reducing or eliminating noise impacts around Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The following documents are excerpts from the most recent FAR Part 150 Study and provide an overview of the Noise Exposure Maps and the recommendations to manage the noise impacts at Reno-Tahoe International.
To view these reference pages from the updated FAR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study, use the following links:
Residential Sound Insulation Program (SIP)
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is committed to being a good neighbor to the surrounding community. The residential sound insulation program, completed in 2014, is an outstanding example of the airport’s efforts to blend its operations with the community while maintaining a high quality of life for the airport’s neighbors.
At the program's inception, in 1995, there were over 5,400 residential units north and south of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport eligible for the program. At the program's conclusion, over 5,100 (95%) of these units, with interested homeowners, had received noise mitigation construction improvements (primarily the replacement of existing windows and doors with acoustically rated products). Over $68 million was invested in insulating homes within the eligible area, with an average design and construction cost per home of $15,000. There was no cost to the home owner.
The Airport Authority had been receiving Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the purpose of sound insulating homes in communities neighboring Reno-Tahoe International Airport each year dating back to 1994. The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority was eligible to receive these funds because of the Airport Authority’s participation in the voluntary Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program that identified specific areas of noise exposure to homes located primarily to the north and south of the airport in Sparks, Reno, and unincorporated Washoe County.
To be eligible for the residential sound insulation program, the home must have been:
- Built (Certificate of Occupancy of Final Inspection) prior to October 1, 1998
- Used for residential purposes
- A permanent structure (not a mobile home)
- Within the FAA-approved 65 decibel (dB) DNL (Day Night Average Level) Noise Exposure area (based on an annual average, e.g. 365 days a year, 24 hours a day) as identified in the Part 150 program
- Experiencing interior noise levels greater than 45 dB in the habitable rooms with the windows closed
Commercial properties and residences which have been converted to commercial use were not eligible.
For those persons interested in sound insulating their own home, the Airport Authority provides a Residential Noise Mitigation Best Practices Guide.
Questions regarding the Airport Authority's residential sound insulation program should be directed to Dan Bartholomew, Manager of Planning/GIS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.