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Description of the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications

2011 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications

The 2011 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications comprises over 60 chapters covering a broad range of facilities and topics, and is written to help engineers design and use equipment and systems described in other Handbook volumes. Main sections cover comfort, industrial, energy-related, and general applications, as well as building operations and management. ASHRAE Technical Committees have revised nearly every chapter to cover current requirements, technology, and design practice.

The volume is published, both as a bound print volume and in electronic format on a CD-ROM, in two editions:  one using inch-pound (I-P) units of measurement, the other using the International System of Units (SI). An accompanying CD-ROM contains all the volume’s chapters in both I-P and SI units.

Complete Table of Contents

This edition includes two new chapters:

  • Chapter 4, Tall Buildings, focuses on HVAC issues unique to tall buildings, including stack effect, system selection, mechanical room location, water distribution, vertical transportation, and life safety.
  • Chapter 60, Ultraviolet Air and Surface Treatment, covers ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) systems and relevant guidelines, standards, and practices, as well as energy use and economic considerations.

Here are selected highlights of the other revisions and additions:

  • Chapter 3, Commercial and Public Buildings, now covers office buildings, transportation centers, and warehouses and distribution centers, with new sections on commissioning, sustainability, energy efficiency, energy benchmarking, renewable energy, value engineering, and life-cycle cost analysis.
  • Chapter 7, Educational Facilities, has added content on higher education facilities, commissioning, dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS), combined heat and power (CHP), and sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Chapter 8, Health-Care Facilities, has been updated to reflect ASHRAE Standard 170-2008 and has revised discussion on design criteria for pharmacies.
  • Chapter 18, Clean Spaces, has updated content on standards, filters, barrier technology, and sustainability, plus a new section on installation and test procedures.
  • Chapter 19, Data Processing and Telecommunication Facilities, has a new title and revised and/or new content on design temperatures, change rate, humidity, power usage effectiveness (PUE), aisle containment, economizer cycles, and computer room air-handling (CRAH) units.
  • Chapter 33, Kitchen Ventilation, largely rewritten, covers key sustainability impacts and recent research results.
  • Chapter 34, Geothermal Energy, has updated tables and graphs, with new, step-by-step design guidance on vertical systems, and expanded content on hybrid systems, ISO rating, and system efficiency.
  • Chapter 36, Energy Use and Management, has updates on on ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient (eQ) labeling program.
  • Chapter 40, Computer Applications, updated throughout, has new content on building information modeling (BIM) and wireless applications.
  • Chapter 41, Building Energy Monitoring, has a new section on simplifying methodology for small projects.
  • Chapter 42, Supervisory Control Strategies and Optimization, has been reorganized, with new content on thermal storage and thermally active building systems (TABS), hybrid cooling plants, and predictive control.
  • Chapter 43, HVAC Commissioning, has been updated throughout to reflect ASHRAE Guideline 1.1-2007.
  • Chapter 44, Building Envelopes, has reorganized and expanded content on nonresidential and existing buildings, durability, and common building envelope assemblies.
  • Chapter 48, Noise and Vibration Control, has a new title and has reorganized and new content on on noise criteria, chiller noise, and vibration measurement. 
  • Chapter 50, Service Water Heating, has expanded content on sizing tankless water heaters, plus more data on piping heat loss.
  • Chapter 55, Seismic- and Wind-Resistant Design, has a new title and reflects changes to building codes, standards for anchor bolt design, and other new requirements.
  • Chapter 57, Room Air Distribution, has extensive new application guidelines, plus new content on indoor air quality (IAQ), sustainability, and chilled beams.
  • Chapter 59, HVAC Security, has a new title, with updates from ASHRAE Guideline 29-2009 and new sections on risk evaluation, requirements analysis, and system design.

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This volume is published, both as a bound print volume and in electronic format on a CD-ROM, in two editions: one using inch-pound (I-P) units of measurement, the other using the International System of Units (SI).

Reader comments are enthusiastically invited. To suggest improvements for a chapter, please comment using the form on the ASHRAE website, or write to Handbook Editor, ASHRAE, 1791 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, GA 30329, or fax 678-539-2187, or e-mail mowen@ashrae.org.

Mark S. Owen