Is it necessary to have a general meeting to approve installation of insulation batts in the ceiling of strata? – Meryl, NSW

Q: Is it necessary to have a general meeting to approve installation of insulation batts in the ceiling of strata? Or can the executive committee approve this decision.

A: If the ceiling space is part of the common property, which is often the case, then making a change or installing ceiling insulation is effectively a change to the common property. These changes require a special resolution to be passed at a general meeting in order for the change to common property to go ahead. A by-law may also be required for an owner to make this change.

If you will benefit from the installation of insulation batts in your ceiling, it is likely other lots will also benefit by installing it in their ceilings. It may be worthwhile requesting that the owners corporation consider installing insulation batts it all ceilings. This will remove the potential need for a by-law and the owners corporation will have control over the maintenance, the insulation that is installed and the contractor that is engaged.

Important considerations with installing insulation batts will be the potential impact to the fire safety within the building. Before the insulation is installed it may be wise to touch base with your fire contractor to receive guidance and what products to use and the impact on fire safety.