ASHRAE publishes second edition to HVAC manual for healthcare facilities

By Healthcare Facilities Today
April 9, 2013

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published a second edition of its “HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics.”

The first edition, published in 2003, has come to serve as the premiere source for information on design, installation and commissioning of HVAC systems for healthcare facilities. 

The second edition is a complete re-write of the first and focuses on the specific HVAC system requirements in healthcare, omitting the general descriptions available in other ASHRAE publications. The manual addresses how the principles of infection control have influenced regulations, which are the basis for the unique designs needed in healthcare facilities.

“The manual presents a unified and comprehensive summary of engineering background on the standard, how to meet it and alternatives for best engineering practices beyond the minimum requirements,” said Daniel Koenigshofer, P.E., and editor of the manual, in a press release. “A principle objective of the manual is to present what is different about designing HVAC systems for hospitals and healthcare facilities.”

The manual can be ordered by contacting ASHRAE Customer Care Center at (800) 527-4723 or via the organization’s website at  The cost of the book is $115 ($99 for ASHRAE members).

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