Codes & Standards: HVAC
Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. Codes and standards must be adhered to, with special attention to codes unique to these buildings.
Learn about the significant nonstructural changes to the 2012 International Building Code that typically impact consulting and specifying engineers.
Engineering work on K-12 schools is complex—and not just because of dwindling school budgets. The facilities must meet a broad range of exacting standards coming from officials and state regulatory bodies, in addition to meeting energy efficiency standards. An overview of codes and standards follows.
Engineers should understand which boiler is appropriate for the application, and then know how to maximize its use.
Piping is used within many building systems, including HVAC, plumbing, specialty chemicals and fluids, and fire protection. Knowing what type of piping to use in a specific application can help preserve the life of a system or avoid a catastrophic failure.
Regardless of whether the 2013 edition of NFPA 20 will be applicable to your next project, fire protection engineers need to be aware of the changes to the standard.
By making correct pump and piping selections, a hydronic system can operate at or near peak efficiency, avoiding cavitation and vibration.
By examining all aspects of the HVAC system and its components—from design through commissioning—the system will run more efficiently and effectively.
Increased domestic water heating equipment efficiencies and numerous system configurations offer design professionals more tools to save energy and meet the building and client requirements.
Gray water system codes are still a gray area. Here are some tips for engineering a nonpotable water system.