ATLANTA — A newly published manual from ASHRAE, “HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, second edition,” provides guidance on addressing issues in health care HVAC systems for mechanical and consulting engineers, designers, architects, facility managers, infection control personnel, maintenance staff, contractors, developers, and code accreditation and licensure officials.

The manual provides in-depth design recommendations based on best practices, and presents proven, cost-effective, and reliable solutions that result in low maintenance cost and high reliability with systems providing desired performance and efficiency. The book, a complete rewrite of the first edition, focuses specifically on HVAC system design for health care facilities, omitting general system descriptions that are readily available in other ASHRAE publications.

“The manual presents a unified and comprehensive summary of engineering background on the standard, how to meet it, and alternatives for best engineering practices beyond the minimum requirements,” said Daniel Koenigshofer, editor of the manual. “A principle objective of the manual is to present what is different about designing HVAC systems for hospitals and health care facilities.”

ASHRAE’s first “HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics,” which serves as a comprehensive source for the design, installation, and commissioning of HVAC systems for hospitals and clinics, was published in 2003. “HVAC Design Manual” for Hospitals and Clinics, second edition” is available for $115 for ASHRAE members and $99 for nonmembers.

Publication date: 4/22/2013 

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