HVAC Breaking News

Dec. 29, 2005: ASHRAE Seeks Input On Risk Management Guideline

CHICAGO - Input into the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE's) proposed Guideline 29P, "Guideline for Risk Management of Public Health and Safety in Buildings," will be sought at a forum at the Society's 2006 Winter Meeting, Jan. 21-25, in Chicago.

The guideline is intended to aid in the evaluation, design, and implementation of measures to reduce multiple risks in buildings.

"We want to provide practitioners with a voluntary process by which they can perform vulnerability assessments," said George Glavis, chair of the committee writing the guideline. "Based on the results of these assessments, practitioners can implement the guideline's recommended protective measures that would benefit occupants during normal operations as well as during emergencies."

The forum, "What Guidance Should ASHRAE Provide for Reducing Multi-Hazard Vulnerability," will be held from 9-9:50 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Expedited development of the guideline is being funded in part through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

It will build on an earlier report from ASHRAE that addresses health, safety, and environmental security under extraordinary incidents, according to Glavis, lead mechanical engineer for the State Department Overseas Building Operations.

The proposed guideline will contain recommendations for management of the risk of extraordinary incidents in buildings, including fire, seismic events, chemical and biological releases, blast, and other extraordinary hazards. It will address aspects of building performance that affect occupant health and safety, including egress; chemical, biological, and radiological protection; fire protection; smoke removal; filtration; air quality; and building envelope.

Homeland security also will be discussed in a forum that questions how hybrid 100 percent outside air systems improve homeland security and sustainability. The need to develop effective HVACR strategies to protect building occupants against the threat of chemical-biological warfare (CBW) is often seen as having a priority over making those same buildings energy efficient. The forum examines whether hybrid 100 percent outside air systems can reduce the threat of CBW without paying an energy penalty to do so. It takes place at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.

In addition, a seminar examines analysis, design, and operation of HVACR and supporting systems as a way to protect from natural or intentional events. It is held from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.

For more information on ASHRAE's work in homeland security, visit www.ashrae.org/homelandsecurity.

Publication date: 12/26/2005

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: John Lanier

John Lanier of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) stops by the NEWS’ booth at the AHR Expo to discuss NATE’s presence at the show, what’s coming up in 2015, and much more. Posted on Feb. 20.

More Podcasts


NEWS 02-23-15 cover

2015 February 23

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Mobile Workforce

Mobile devices and field management software are spreading in the HVAC industry. Are you utilizing this technology?
View Results Poll Archive


2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con