ATLANTA - A new user's manual from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is designed to provide users with a better understanding of the design, installation, and operation requirements of ASHRAE's ventilation standard.

The Standard 62.1 User's Manual explains the requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004, "Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality," and contains a number of examples of their application in a question-and-answer format.

"Because the standard is written in code-intended language, such material could not be included in the standard itself, so the manual helps users better understand the intent and apply it to their work," said Dennis Stanke, chair of the Standard 62.1 committee. "It helps users understand what Standard 62.1 requires and how those requirements can be met. It's a document that designers have needed for many years and will find useful for many years to come."

The manual includes a CD containing a spreadsheet to assist in the standard's new ventilation rate procedure calculations.

The manual was developed through ASHRAE research and partially funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), and the U.S. Green Building Council.

The cost of Standard 62.1 User's Manual is $55 ($44 for ASHRAE members).

To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide); fax 404-321-5478; by mail at 1791 Tullie Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30329; or visit the online bookstore at

Publication date: 11/14/2005