April 22, 2013
A recently published manual from ASHRAE provides guidance on addressing issues with health care HVAC systems for mechanical and consulting engineers, designers, architects, facility managers, infection control personal, maintenance staff, contractors, developers and code accreditation and licensure officials. HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition 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, which is 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. Chapter Two describes how the principles of infection control have influenced the regulations, which in turn are the basis for the unique design principles needed for hospitals. To order, tel. 800.527.4723, or visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore.