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there are things that can be done for this.
the best thing is a stack style exhaust above the roof line of the condo.

how tall are the condo's?

also there are water muffler setups.

so how many db of sound do you need to keep under?

yea nothing worse than a drone of a generator if you do not have power!!

you might ask the condo group about a large whole facility back up generator.
kinda like they use for a hospital size.
and if you stick to cat brand there are real good service plans for those units for a no touch generator system.
they can locate those away from the condo units with a special enclosure for super quiet as well.
 

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Thanks for all your feedback! Generator aside, those were some good ideas to keep in mind! I’m in Nashua New Hampshire. I will share all your suggestions with some local generator vendors to see if they can work with those ideas (since everything has to be done according to code to be approved ). The development doesn’t have any problem with central air units, and according to the manual they are 68 to 71 dB. I just hope to at least make it quieter than a vacuum cleaner or a lawnmower – which is what a lot of people tell me they sound like. That’s pretty annoying for the neighbors. Hate to do that to them. Thanks again!
 

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noise kinda a real problem when you live that close in...
then there is the issue of generator ownership jealousy...
and that happens during a major outage...

I guess I preach the old boy scout motto "be prepared" way too much...
you can never plan enough for the next event...
most folks think you are crazy...
but here is the kicker
those folks in cali that did have backup plans and a few areas here in Iowa that had major storms wipe out the power grid sure were happy they listened and did small plans to start and then expanded on those plans and systems.

also think about security for your generator...
hard to do on a rental property..

for home owners i like to see them use the generator shed
full reinforced concrete with steel clad to the outside for emp.
good steel door, proper hvac.
and if they are built right they will take an f3 to f5 tornado hit.

2 of them here in Iowa survived an f3 hit.
the bunker was in place as well as the generator shack.
house, barn, garage were all just gone.
yup the folks they did not have a scratch on them as they were lucky to be in the bunker 15 min before it hit.

plan for your outage, also look in to UPS systems if you have cpap or bipap.
some of those are less than 1k for 8 hours of run time.
and some can charge off solar. or a small 50 lb generator.
 
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