How to - Install vapour control and vapour barrier membrane on down lights and ceiling hatches
The following article covers some best practice experience sharing by the DuPont™ Tyvek® Technical team on how to ensure a successful installation. These guidelines have been developed through the team’s technical support at construction sites and direct feedback from contractors.
Before fitting the ceiling hatch, neatly trim the vapour control layer and vapour barrier membrane to the hatch opening, fold the flaps inward and carefully seal for airtightness – especially the corners. When the hatch is secured into place a butyl tape fixed between the hatch frame and AVCL will help to maintain airtightness where the fixing screws are driven through.
Light fittings often necessitate cutting holes in the vapour control and vapour barrier membrane for wiring, which would then need to be sealed for airtightness. Complicated sealing work can be avoided by creating a services void with battens which will accommodate the wiring and space the lining off the membrane.
Bradley Cameron, Technical Specialist UK & Ireland, Du Pont (U.K.) Limited
Nick Williams, Technical Manager UK & Ireland, Du Pont (U.K.) Limited
Norbert Frey, Technical Specialist, DuPont de Nemours S.àr.l., Luxembourg
Ulrike Koster, Marketing Specialist, DuPont de Nemours S.àr.l., Luxembourg