Strategies for insulating on top of & around heat sources in attics (such as recessed light fixtures).

I have been going by the rules of the program admins in my region when it comes to how to treat heat sources in attics when preparing to insulate attics with blown-in insulation. The standard operating procedure is to "dam" around heat sources (mainly recessed light fixtures) using un-faced FG batt insulation. The damming must be at least a few inches higher than the installed depth of the blown-in insulation. The end result is that blown-in insulation does not end up covering the heat source and potentially cause a fire-related problem.

But, I have been pushing for the fabrication of "boxes" made of materials such as gypsum board or aluminum flashing so that insulation can be blown on top of & around the boxes. Any thoughts on this strategy, or other strategies you'd like to put on the table?

Thanks in advance.

Patrick

Views: 234

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Hi Patrick, If you have looked at those dams with IR with the heat source on you know they are dumping heat like mad.  Exactly what you can do should be discussed with the local code official.  IMO, a proper covering that would allow a full insulation layer over it is needed.  Doing such without breaking the rules, the fire codes, and electrical codes is the trick and only the AHJ can answer that.  But don't apply the same solution to another district without talking to that official as each may have their own rules.  Personally, I advise they replace the fixture with a IC/AT rated, but the real world needs an easier fix.

Bud

Very good and proper advice. Looks like it's back to the conversation with the code officials.

One of your arguments to present to your code official is that lights can be installed in small enclosed drop ceilings, like a kitchen drop that was created after the drywall was installed.  I have not seen instructions stating that the area above has to be open to an attic and many are installed in joist cavities between floors.  Logic is on the side of the Gypsum box Bob is suggesting, just need the ok to use it.

Bud

This was my sense as well, so I appreciate you raising that example.

Gypsum board would be good to make the "box" out of. It's easy to work with and cheap. probably wouldn't be a bad idea to box in all of the attic electrical boxes/bathroom fans and use some foam sealer or drywall mud to seal them up.

RSS

Forum Discussions

How would you insulate this roof?

Started by David Butler in General Forum. Last reply by David Butler 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

Dirty solar panels

Started by Evan Mills in General Forum. Last reply by Stacie Bagnasco 9 hours ago. 1 Reply

Fixing a water heater?

Started by John Shillito in Best Practices. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus on Friday. 21 Replies

Latest Activity

Profile IconAndrew McDowell, Randy Kinnison, Breanna Detwiler and 8 more joined Home Energy Pros Forum
51 minutes ago
David Butler replied to Brad Cook's discussion Too many Heat Pump Water Heaters in a basement?
"theoretically, let's say you perfectly isolate the HPWH from a heat source. The HPWH's…"
2 hours ago
David Butler replied to David Butler's discussion How would you insulate this roof?
"Interesting idea. Commercial roof on a slope! Typical density for roofing spray foam is 2.5 to 3.0…"
3 hours ago
Summer Redman added a discussion to the group Job Board
Thumbnail

Hiring 2 Training Specialists in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

The Applied Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking…See More
4 hours ago
Summer Redman joined Diane Chojnowski's group
Thumbnail

Job Board

This group is for posting jobs related to all aspects of the home performance industry including…See More
4 hours ago
Stacie Bagnasco replied to Evan Mills's discussion Dirty solar panels
"This is a great idea. I clicked on your discussion because it made me remember that I forgot to get…"
9 hours ago
Kirsten Richnavsky posted an event
Thumbnail

rCloud - The Future of Testing at Your Office or Home

October 18, 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
Integrating rCloud as an essential part of your RESNET QA process.Retrotec’s rCloud app is here,…See More
9 hours ago
Ed Whitaker replied to Brad Cook's discussion Too many Heat Pump Water Heaters in a basement?
"Brad,   I agree with the comments and would add a couple of thoughts. 1st,  any time you…"
10 hours ago

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2017   Created by Home Performance Coalition (HPC)   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service