ATLANTA - A new textbook designed to double as a reference manual that allows engineers to build on their knowledge of HVAC design procedures and methods has been published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

According to ASHRAE,Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioningbuilds on much of the basic information in the2009 ASHRAE Handbook-Fundamentals, containing the most current ASHRAE procedures and providing definitive, yet easy to understand, treatment of building HVAC systems, from basic principles through design and operation.

The book may be used for:

• Undergraduate engineering courses in the general field of HVAC;

• Similar courses at technical institutes;

• Continuing education and refresher short courses for engineers; and

• Adult education courses for non-engineers.

ASHRAE said there are several significant changes in the new edition, including new values for climatic design information; new values of heating, wind and cooling and dehumidifying design conditions; improved values of thermal conductivity and resistance for common building and insulating materials; and an extensively revised chapter on residential heating and cooling load calculations.

Additionally, the chapters on system design and equipment have been significantly revised to reflect recent changes and concepts in current heating and air conditioning system practices.

Also available isPrinciples of HVAC Solutions Manual, which contains revised solutions to most of the problems in thePrinciplesbook.

Co-authors of the book are Ronald Howell, Ph.D., P.E., William Coad, and the late Harry Sauer Jr., Ph.D., P.E.

The cost ofPrinciples of HVACis $89 ($76, ASHRAE members; $58, ASHRAE student members), while the cost of the solutions manual is $59 ($50, 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 ASHRAE’s online bookstore at

Publication date:02/08/2010