6.6002.1 Ducts

Topic: 
Exhaust
Subtopic: 
Components
Desired Outcome: 
Installed ducts effectively move the required volume of air and prevent condensation
TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
6.6002.1a
Duct design and configuration

Ventilation ducts will be as short, straight, and smooth as possible

Ventilation ducts will not be smaller than the connections to which they are attached

Effectively move the required volume of air

6.6002.1b
Duct insulation

Ducts installed outside of the thermal envelope Envelope The separation between the interior and exterior environments of a building that includes a combination of air and thermal barrier will be insulated to a minimum of R-8 or equivalent to local codes

Prevent condensation from forming or collecting inside of the ductwork

6.6002.1c
Duct support

Flexible and duct board ducts and plenums will be supported every 4' using a minimum of 1 ½" wide material

Support materials will be applied in a way that does not crimp ductwork or cause the interior dimensions of the ductwork to be less than specified (e.g., ceiling, framing, strapping); duct support must be installed in accordance with authority having jurisdiction

Metal ducts will be supported by 1/2" or wider 18-gauge strapping or 12 gauge or thicker galvanized wire no less than 10' apart

Effectively move the required volume of air

Preserve the integrity of the duct system

Eliminate falling and sagging

6.6002.1d
Duct connections

Round metal-to-metal or metal-to-PVC will be fastened with a minimum of three equally spaced screws

Other metal-to-metal or metal-to-PVC connections will be securely fastened and sealed with welds, gaskets, mastics (adhesives), mastic- plus-embedded-fabric systems, or tapes

Flexible duct-to-metal or flexible duct-to-PVC will be fastened with tie bands using a tie band Tie band A strap, often made of nylon, that mechanically squeezes a flexible duct to a fitting. Must have a minimum performance temperature rating of 165° (per UL 181A-type test) and a minimum tensile strength rating of 50 pounds tensioning tool

PVC-to-PVC materials will be fastened with approved PVC cement

Other specialized duct fittings will be fastened in accordance with manufacturer specifications

In addition to mechanical fasteners, duct connections will be sealed with UL UL Underwriters Laboratories 181B or 181B-M listed material

Effectively move the required volume of air

Preserve the integrity of the duct system

6.6002.1e
Duct materials

Flexible materials will be UL UL Underwriters Laboratories 181 listed or Air Diffusion Council approved

The metal gauge of rigid kitchen fan ducting shall meet code requirements or the approval of the authority having jurisdiction.

Effectively move the required volume of air

Preserve the integrity of the duct system