6 Star Energy Rating with Downlights (Recessed Lighting)
NATHERS requirements for Energy Star ratings and Recessed lighting. Information has been summarized from NATHERS Documentation Technical Note 2 Version 1.0 2012
Approved to AS/NZS 5110:2012 non-ventilated covers allow for the insulation to be firmly installed to the sides and enables an R-value above the LED Luminaire via the material of the Downlight cover itself.
No ceiling penetration allowance needs to be made.
The use of downlight covers must be noted on the electrical plan otherwise insulation installers will assume the default values of insulation clearances apply. Where downlight covers have been allowed for in the rating, Assessors cannot certify plans that do not explicitly show the use of approved downlight covers.
Further information on approved fireproof Downlight covers can be obtained from your electrical wholesaler, supplier or direct from Efficiency Matrix.
Air infiltration through Downlights
Unless otherwise noted on the electrical plan, all Downlights will be considered to be ventilated. This does not apply to Downlights fitted with approved non-ventilated covers which allow for the ceiling insulation to tightly enclose the sides and top. This must be noted on the electrical plan otherwise the default values will apply.
Guidance for calculating ceiling penetrations
|Area weighted average R-value|
|Impact on R-value with 450x450mm clearance around recessed lighting.||Initial Ceiling R-value|
|Downlights per 10m2||1.5||2.0||2.5||3.0||3.5||4.0||4.5||5.0|