We have a range of noise-reducing measures depending on which noise sector we assess your property to be in. The dimensions of the noise sectors will gradually expand over time as aircraft movements increase between now and 2037.
Each home will be individually assessed by our group of experts for acoustic treatment, dependent on which sector your house lies in. The offer of acoustic treatment for those homes in the Inner and Mid Noise Sectors is open for 12 months. It is important to note you do not have to take up this offer.
Inner Noise Sector
Queenstown Airport will fund 100% of the noise reduction costs for existing homes within this sector. This will generally include both sound insulation and ventilation to ensure that interior noise caused by aircraft doesn’t exceed 40 decibels, on average measured over a 24 hour period. Acoustic insulation uses materials such as batts in ceilings, additional gib board, ensuring the windows have compression seals and double glazing. Insulation in walls and ceilings could be from materials such as fibreglass, polystyrene, wool and synthetic fibres. Each home will be individually assessed and provided with an individual report on what is recommended.
Mid Noise Sector
Queenstown Airport will fund 75% of the cost towards installing a mechanical ventilation system. This system enables windows and doors to remain closed to help keep the interior noise from aircraft to a maximum of 40 decibels, on average measured over a 24 hour period.
Outer Noise Sector
No noise reduction measures are offered for houses in this sector.