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International Secretariats and US TAGs

 

International Secretariats and U.S. TAGs Administered by ASHRAE

ASHRAE is an advisor to persons appointed to represent the United States in the development of international HVAC&R, building environment, building energy use, and solar energy standards. In this activity, ASHRAE is formally delegated as Administrator by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to oversee the six U.S. Technical Advisory Committees (TAGs) shown below and their Panels. Each TAG and TAG Panel bears the designation number and title of a corresponding International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC),  Subcommittee, or Working Group responsible for development and maintenance of international standards.

 

U.S. TAGs

U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 59/SC 13 – Buildings and civil engineering works - Organization of information about construction works

U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 86 - Refrigeration and air-conditioning *

Panel 1 – Safety and environmental requirements for refrigerating systems *
Panel 3 - Testing and rating of factory-made refrigeration systems
Panel 4 - Testing and rating of refrigerant compressors
Panel 6 - Testing and rating of air-conditioners and heat pumps
Panel 7 - Testing and rating of commercial refrigerated display cabinets
Panel 8 - Refrigerants and refrigeration lubricants *

U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 142 – Cleaning equipment for air and other gases

Panel 1 – Terminology
Panel 2 – UV-C technology
Panel 3 – General ventilation filters
Panel 4 – HEPA and ULPA filters
Panel 5 – Dust collectors, droplet separators and purifiers
Panel 6 – Flat sheet media testing
Panel 7 – Durability of cleanable filter media used in dust removal applications
Panel 8 – Gas-phase air cleaning devices
Panel 9 – Particulate air filter intake systems for rotary machinery and stationary internal combustion engines
Panel 10 – Joint between ISO/TC 142 and ISO/TC 85/SC 2: Aerosol filters for nuclear applications
Panel 11 – Portable room air cleaners for comfort applications
Panel 12 - Sustainability of air cleaning equipment and media

U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 163 - Thermal performance and energy use in the built environment

U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 180 - Solar energy

Panel 1 - Climate - Measurement and Data
Panel 4 - Systems - Thermal Performance, Reliability & Durability *

U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 205 - Building environment design *

Panel 1 - General principles
Panel 2 - Design of Energy-efficient Buildings
Panel 3 - Building Automation and Control System (BACS) Design
Panel 4 – Indoor air quality
Panel 5 – Indoor thermal environment
Panel 6 – Indoor acoustical environment
Panel 7 – Indoor visual environment
Panel 8 – Radiant heating and cooling systems
Panel 9 – Heating and cooling systems
Panel 10 - Commissioning

* - Designates two ISO/TCs and four Subcommittees for which the international secretariat is held by ANSI and delegated to ASHRAE.

 

Technical Committee Scopes

ISO/TC 59/SC 13 – The gateway to ISO BIM (Building Information Modeling) standards [www.standard.no/SC13]

ISO/TC 86 - Standardization in the fields of refrigeration and air-conditioning, including terminology, mechanical safety, methods of testing and rating equipment, measurement of sound levels, refrigerant and refrigeration lubricant chemistry, with consideration given to environmental protection. The scope includes factory-assembled air-conditioners (cooling), heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerants, and refrigerant reclaiming and recycling equipment as well as other devices, components and equipment such as humidifiers, ventilation equipment and automatic controls used in air-conditioning and refrigeration systems that are not covered by other ISO Technical Committees..

ISO/TC 142 - Standardization in the fields of terminology, classification, characteristics and test and performance methods for air and gas cleaning equipment for general ventilation and industrial applications.  Excluded: exhaust gas cleaners for gas turbines and IC engines in mobile equipment, this being within the scope of other ISO technical committees; filters for personal protection equipment which are the field of work of ISO/TC 94; cabin filters in mobile equipment covered by ISO/TC 22, 23 and 127.

ISO/TC 163 - Standardization in the field of building and civil engineering works of thermal and hygrothermal performance of materials, products, components, elements and systems, including complete buildings, both new and existing, and their interaction with technical building systems; of thermal insulation materials, products and systems for building and industrial application, including insulation of installed equipment in buildings;

Covering and including:

  • test and calculation methods for heat and moisture transfer, temperature and moisture conditions;
  • test and calculation methods for energy use in buildings, including the industrial built environment;
  • test and calculation methods for heating and cooling loads in buildings;
  • test and calculation methods for daylighting, ventilation and air infiltration;
  • in-situ test methods for thermal, hygrothermal and energy performance of buildings and building components, input data for calculations, including climatic data;
  • specifications for thermal insulation materials, products and systems with related test methods and conformity criteria;
  • terminology; and
  • general review and coordination of work on thermal and hygrothermal performance within ISO.

Excluded:

  • building environment design (ISO/TC 205);
  • methods of testing and rating the performance of building environmental equipment for application in the design of new buildings and retrofits (ISO/ TC 205); and
  • design methods and criteria for daylighting, ventilation and air infiltration (ISO/TC 205)

Covering also:

Standardization of the holistic assessment of the energy performance of new and existing buildings as well as building retrofits, in close collaboration with ISO/TC 205 by means of the ISO/TC163/WG4 Joint working group TC 163 & TC 205 Energy performance using holistic approach, including:

  • terms and definitions;
  • system boundaries for buildings and technical systems;
  • assessment of the overall energy performance of buildings, taking into account
  • the energy performance of building elements;
  • building related systems (heating, cooling, domestic hot water, ventilation, lighting, system controls, transport, and other energy related systems);
  • indoor and outdoor conditions;
  • local energy production (on site and at district level);
  • (use of) energy sources (including renewable);
  • building commissioning;
  • assessment of overall energy efficiency; and
  • means of expressing the energy performance and energy performance certification of buildings.

ISO/TC 180 - Standardization in the field of solar energy utilization in space and water heating, cooling, industrial process heating and air conditioning..

ISO/TC 205 - Standardization in the design of new buildings and retrofit of existing buildings for acceptable indoor environment and practicable energy conservation and efficiency. Building environment design addresses the technical building systems and related architectural aspects, and includes the related design processes, design methods, design outcomes, and design-phase building commissioning. Indoor environment includes air quality, and thermal, acoustic, and visual factors.

Covering and including:

  • aspects of sustainability related to indoor environmental quality and energy that can be addressed in the design of buildings and the design of retrofits of existing buildings;
  • general principles of building environment design;
  • design of energy-efficient buildings;
  • building automation and control systems in building and retrofit design;
  • indoor air quality in building and retrofit design;
  • indoor thermal environment in building and retrofit design;
  • indoor acoustical environment in building and retrofit design;
  • indoor visual environment in building and retrofit design;
  • design of heating and cooling systems including radiant; and
  • application of methods of testing and rating the performance of building environmental equipment in the design of new buildings and retrofits.

Excluded:

  • other ergonomic factors;
  • methods of measurement of air pollutants and of thermal, acoustic and lighting properties;
  • thermal performance and energy use in the built environment (ISO TC 163);
  • methods of testing for performance and rating of building environmental equipment in existing buildings;
  • inspecting or rating existing buildings; and,
  • construction.

Covering also:

Standardization of the holistic assessment of the energy performance of new and existing buildings as well as building retrofits, in close collaboration with ISO/TC 163 by means of the ISO/TC163/WG4 Joint working group TC 163 & TC 205 Energy performance using holistic approach, including:

  • terms and definitions;
  • system boundaries for buildings and technical systems;
  • assessment of the overall energy performance of buildings, taking into account
  • the energy performance of building elements;
  • building related systems (heating, cooling, domestic hot water, ventilation, lighting, system controls, transport, and other energy related systems);
  • indoor and outdoor conditions;
  • local energy production (on site and at district level);
  • (use of) energy sources (including renewable);
  • building commissioning;
  • assessment of overall energy efficiency; and
  • means of expressing the energy performance and energy performance certification of buildings

For more information on ASHRAE's international standards activities, or to participate in the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG) for one of the above ISO/TCs, contact the Assistant Manager of Standards - International or the Manager of Standards at ASHRAE, 1791 Tullie Circle, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329-2305.

PHONE: 404-636-8400
FAX: 404-321-5478

E-mail: standards.section@ashrae.org