ATLANTA — Common definitions for terms found in ASHRAE standards and other publications can now be accessed through a new website, ASHRAEwiki, located at wiki.ashrae.org.

ASHRAEwiki is free to access and contains more than 6,000 terms related to buildings with a particular focus on mechanical, envelope, electrical, lighting, load calculations, design, water design, water conservation, energy use, and measurement metrics.

“Common terminology in communications and particularly in standards helps users in their understanding, thus encouraging adoption and use,” said Art Hallstrom, ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.6 member. “The ASHRAEwiki goal is to improve communication by encouraging the use of consistent terminology definitions within ASHRAE and the industry, worldwide.”

ASHRAEwiki can create custom reports of terms and primary definitions that will aid in the development of standards, guidelines, handbooks, and other ASHRAE publications.

Each term in the wiki has one or more primary (recommended) definitions, a notification of which ASHRAE standard(s) the term is included in, the definition source, and known legal information such as trademark registration. The wiki also lists any secondary definitions used in an ASHRAE standard or guideline, which assists in the development of consistent standards.

“There is no requirement to use an ASHRAEwiki primary definition, but standards developers should be able to see the value in consistency across all standards,” Hallstrom said.

ASHRAEwiki terms are grouped by words, symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms. Definitions that include units may use Inch-Pound (I-P) or International System (SI) as primary units. ASHRAEwiki is currently offered solely in English, but may be expanded to other languages in the future.

“ASHRAEwiki content is controlled by the ASHRAEwiki editors and TC 1.6, but suggestions from individuals or organizations are welcome,” said Bruce Billedeaux, TC 1.6 vice chair. “Suggestions can be entered in the wiki discussion section or sent to the ASHRAEwiki editor.”

ASHRAEwiki replaces a proposed ASHRAE Standard, Standard 166P, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigerating Terminology, which had been proposed to offer uniform terminology for use in the HVACR industry.

Publication date: 7/2/2012