Airport requirements for acoustic design certificates

If you want to build a new home next to an existing airport, the home needs to be designed to be quiet enough to live in, with an airport operating next door or above you.

Rotorua, Hamilton and Whitianga airports publish airport noise contours online, showing the areas around the airport where any planned new houses will need a soundproofing design.

Usual soundproofing design tools will be an extra layer of plasterboard on walls and ceilings, laminated windows and a silenced fresh-air supply. I do these small design jobs and acoustic design certificates regularly.

Tauranga City Council does not yet seem to publish airport noise contours or require these types of certificates or future-proofing for Tauranga Airport.

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