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Significance and Use
This practice recognizes that effectiveness, safety, and durability of insulation depend not only on the quality of the insulating materials but also on their proper installation.
This practice provides general procedures that will help to ensure installation of insulation in a safe and effective manner. It shall be noted that actual conditions in existing buildings vary greatly and in some cases additional care shall be taken to ensure effective and safe installation.
1.1 This practice covers procedures for the installation of mineral fiber batt and blanket thermal insulation in ceilings, attics, floors, and walls of new or existing housing and other light frame construction.
1.2 This practice covers the installation process from pre-installation inspection through post-installation inspection. It does not cover the production of the insulation materials.
1.3 This practice is not intended to replace installation instructions by manufacturers, but it shall be used in conjunction with such instructions. This practice is not intended to supersede local, state, or federal codes.
1.4 This practice assumes that the installer possesses a working knowledge of applicable codes and regulations, safety practices, tools, equipment, and methods necessary for the installation of thermal insulation materials. It also assumes that the installer understands the fundamentals of construction that affect the installation of insulation.
1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C168 Terminology Relating to Thermal Insulation
C665 Specification for Mineral-Fiber Blanket Thermal Insulation for Light Frame Construction and Manufactured Housing
C755 Practice for Selection of Water Vapor Retarders for Thermal Insulation
D3833/D3833M Test Method for Water Vapor Transmission of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes
E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
ICS Number Code 91.100.60 (Thermal and sound insulating materials)
UNSPSC Code 30141500(Thermal insulation)