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ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180P, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems, would establish minimum HVAC inspection and maintenance requirements that aid a system's ability to achieve acceptable thermal comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality in commercial buildings.
The standard is being developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).
"Inconsistent practices in inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems is common in the building industry," said Bob Baker, chair of the committee writing the standard. "As a result, systems frequently operate outside optimum performance, without providing the energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality they were designed to provide."
Baker notes that a standard practice would benefit occupants and also ensure that indoor environmental conditions are maintained as energy efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
Highlights of the proposed standard include:
The proposed standard is open for public comment until Nov. 6. To read a draft of the standard or to comment, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.
Publication date: 10/16/2006