ASHRAE Takes a Look at Separate IAQ Standards

Indoor-air-quality technical committee members from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently conducted sessions at the ASHRAE winter meeting in Atlantic City to discuss whether separate standards need to be created for both hospitality and industrial facilities.

01/18/2002


Indoor-air-quality technical committee members from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently conducted sessions at the ASHRAE winter meeting in Atlantic City to discuss whether separate standards need to be created for both hospitality and industrial facilities.

Currently, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2001, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality , offers general guidelines for all non-residential facilities, but the question has been raised whether the nature of hospitality and industrial facilities necessitate separate standards.

For example, in an office building, indoor-air-quality standards dictate if and when an employee can smoke; however, in a hospitality establishment, it may not be in the restaurant or hotel's best interest to restrict smoking.

"A one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate," commented ASHRAE Member Elia Sterling.

At the same time, committee chair Andy Persily, Ph.D., and committee member Steven Taylor, P.E., point out that representatives from the hospitality industry serve on the committee—and 75% of the committee's members have worked on hospitality projects—yet no clear need for a separate standard has been identified.

As for industrial facilities, some ASHRAE members noted that regulating an industrial environment to be as clean as an office is not realistic. Consequently, Standard 62.1 doesn't provide helpful guidelines.

According to Persily, the committee has recognized this need, yet the complicated nature of industrial spaces has made it difficult to establish such guidelines.

To learn more about ASHRAE Standard 62.1, visit: www.ashrae.org .





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