Insulation Contracts Awarded for 50 Homes

$1.2 Million Award Brings Total of Houses in Construction or Design to 469

BURBANK, Calif., February 15, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has awarded $1.2 million in contracts to insulate 28 single family homes in Burbank and 22 in Los Angeles to the contracting firm F.H. Paschen of Des Plains, IL.

Located south of the airport’s primary departure runway, the homes will each receive custom-designed acoustical treatments including double-paned windows, central air conditioning, solid core doors and weather stripping that will render aircraft noise virtually inaudible inside the residence.

With the award of these contracts, there are now 259 homes near the airport that have either already received insulation or are under construction.  Design specifications are also being developed for an additional 210 homes, bringing the total number of homes in the program to 469.

Approximately 3,100 single family homes have been declared eligible for the program following two federal studies documenting the extent of the airport’s noise impact area, and the Airport Authority is expecting to treat some 300 homes annually for the foreseeable future at a total estimated cost of $120 million.  The Authority’s goal is to reach all eligible homes by 2015.

The program is paid for by Federal Aviation Administration grants and Burbank Airport operating revenues, at no cost to the property owner.  The owner is required to pay for repair of any code deficiencies beyond a $5,000 allowance from the airport in order to allow local building permits, and the owner is required to convey an easement to the Authority agreeing  not to sue the airport over aircraft noise in the future.

In a related action, the Authority has adopted a policy of including multifamily residences in the insulation program if they are inside the noise impact area and were constructed prior to 1974.  Multifamily dwellings built after 1974 are required by state law to meet insulation standards at the time of construction and are not eligible for federal funds.