Aircraft Noise Research Project

Many energy conservation and airplane noise abatement strategies appear to complement one another. The pilot program described in this proposal is intended to test the feasibility, cost effectiveness and desirability of a combined approach to the problems of residential energy use and the intrusion of airplane noise on residences near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. If the pilot program leads to the determination that such an approach is desirable it is likely that existing City energy programs could be modified to make this combined program available to many Minneapolis residents near the airport.

It is important to realize that the proposed pilot program is modest in scope and even if it is successful it would probably only be applicable in selected situations. Obviously those strategies which reduce the level of noise at the source are more important. Within the context of the overall problem of airport noise this proposed pilot program should be viewed simply as a small, but desirable step towards mitigating the noise problem in certain situations.

It is also important to realize that because this is a pilot program there is a great deal of uncertainty about specific retrofits, their cost and projected effects. Many of these details can only be pinned down when we have selected actual houses and worked with the realities of contractors' bids and homeowners' opinions about what are appropriate treatments of their home.

For this pilot program we propose a partnership with the City, Metropolitan Airport Commission and individual homeowners all paying for a share of the project. The basic approach is to select a cross-section of different housing types and provide a variety of combined noise and energy retrofits ranging from low to high cost, and presumably also ranging from small to large in their impact on noise and energy problems. Pre- and post-test measurements would be taken to measure the impact on noise attenuation and energy use.

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Aircraft Noise Research Project