Burbank Airport Sets Press Conference to Kick Off Los Angeles Home Insulation Program

BURBANK, Calif., March 15, 2000 – The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority will inaugurate the first home insulation project to counter effects of aircraft noise in Los Angeles tomorrow, Thursday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. at 7833 Ferncola Avenue, Sun Valley.

The address is the residence of Lorenzo and Alejandra Salazar, among the first eligible participants to sign up for the airport-sponsored program that invests up to $40,000 in each house without cost to the homeowner.

Work is starting tomorrow on the Salazar home and 24 others in Sun Valley.  There will be interview opportunities with airport staff in charge of the program, participating residents, and contractors performing the work.  Some of the materials used in the home treatment – including custom-designed insulated windows – will be available for viewing.

The Airport Authority is currently working on three 25-home modules in Sun Valley, and about 300 area homes will eventually be covered under the current program.  An updated noise study that will add another 800 Sun Valley homes to the list for federal grant assistance was recently submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Overall there are 2,300 homes eligible for insulation in the current program, and there will be 3,100 upon FAA approval of the update, which is expected later this year.  The Authority expects to spend $120 million completing the program by 2015.

There are currently 259 homes in one stage or another of having insulation installed, and the Authority has accumulated over $12 million in FAA and Authority funds thus far to finance the program. In addition to the 75 homes in Sun Valley, there are 184 in Burbank.

In order to be eligible, homes must be located in the officially designated noise impact area, as determined by state and federal acoustical guidelines.  Generally, residences in areas where there are more than 65 decibels of aircraft noise averaged over 24 hours are eligible.