Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP)

City of Chicago Department of Aviation

Since 1995, Chicago’s Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP) has insulated over 18,000 homes surrounding O’Hare and Midway Airports. Cotter has been involved with RSIP since 2004 and became the Program Manager for RSIP in 2011, overseeing its crucial final years through 2015.

With 4,000 homes completed between 2011 and 2013 and another 2,700 scheduled for completion before 2016, Cotter provides program management services to successfully meet the program’s ambitious goals. RSIP provides a better environment for the residences around the airports by sound insulating their homes and installing new doors and windows, which also serve to improve the thermal properties of the building envelope to reduce home energy consumption.

Cotter’s program management team includes acoustical technicians, program managers, homeowner services representatives, construction managers, and support staff.

RSIP is one of the most successful resident-focused programs in the history of the City of Chicago and is the largest in the country, with 96% of participating homeowners reporting that they would recommend it to their friends and family.