ATLANTA - A new book from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has been developed to aid users in designing and constructing homes and apartments that comply with its residential ventilation and indoor air quality standard.

The 62.2 User’s Manual is the first for ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2004, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which provides the minimum requirements necessary to achieve acceptable indoor air quality for dwellings.

The manual was co-developed by the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).

“The 62.2 User’s Manual will provide HVAC engineers and IAQ consultants with practical information to ensure that ventilation positively affects the indoor environment,” said Robert G. Baker, IAQA president and ASHRAE member. “IAQA was pleased to be a co-sponsor of this dynamic publication."

The manual explains how to comply with all the requirements of the standard, provides examples illustrating specific methods of complying with sections of the standard, and includes background material explaining why many of the requirements of the standard exist, according to Roger Hedrick, who co-authored the book.

The manual is targeted toward builders and subcontractors, but will also be useful for code officials, researchers, and interested homeowners.

“The manual has been developed as a document that will accompany Standard 62.2 and provide guidance for applying its requirements to the design and construction of residential buildings,” said David Grimsrud, chair of the Standard 62.2 committee. “It serves as a guide to clarifying issues for users.”

The cost of the 62.2 User’s Manual is $45 ($36, 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 ASHRAE online bookstore at

Publication date:12/11/2006