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Door treatments range from the addition of storm doors to the replacement of existing doors with well-sealed prime doors along with high-performance storm doors.  Solid core wood swinging and sliding are the two main door types used in the program.

Eligible exterior doors will be replaced with new 1-3/4" wood doors and 3/4" solid core storm doors with aluminum or vinyl skin.  Secondary hinged storm doors are constructed from a solid core particleboard with an aluminum veneer face with half or full-lite fixed glazed panel.  Sliding doors will be wood with a durable exterior finish and secondary sliding doors are constructed of aluminum.  Please note that existing commercial type, crawl space or basement bulkhead style doors are not replaced as part of the program.


Window treatments range from the addition of storm windows to the replacement of existing windows. Windows for the RSIP are vinyl or wood, with insulated glass and a high performance storm window. Double-hung, fixed and sliding styles are available. Casements may be available for special situations like bay/bow windows and where needed to meet special code requirements in bedrooms.

Attic Pull-down Stairs and Hatches

Attic pull-down stairs and attic hatches may be recommended for sound insulation treatment, if they are located in treatment-eligible spaces. If eligible, pull-down stairs and attic hatches may be weather-stripped or replaced, depending on their condition. There are two methods of treating attic pull-down stairs: sound insulating the stairs from above the attic (the acoustically preferred treatment); or insulating the stairs from below the finished ceiling side.

Through-wall AC

Through-the-wall air conditioning units or fans will be removed and the opening sealed. If the AC unit or fan cannot be removed, an interior wood insulated cover will be installed. The removable cover can be painted or stained.


Skylights can be treated with the installation of an interior storm panel. Gypsum board may be added to eligible walls and ceilings with exterior exposure if existing finishes and wallboard are not equal to a minimum of ½” thickness with taped seams.


Based upon the information gathered during the assessment visit and an evaluation of your home's existing systems, electrical upgrades may be identified. Possible modifications include installing new service panels, Installing new circuits, and removing and reinstalling lights/outlets where wall/ceiling treatments are recommended. Accordingly, the Project Engineer shall carefully evaluate your home's existing systems for replacement or upgrade, to accommodate treatment recommendations.


As part of the Residential Sound Insulation Program, the HVAC system for each participating dwelling will be evaluated for possible replacement or upgrade. Based upon FAA Program Guidelines, the addition of central air-conditioning and associated treatments are eligible as part of the acoustical treatment protocol in order for program participants to maintain a quiet interior environment without opening their windows and doors for ventilation.

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