ASHRAE's Indoor Air Quality Guide Now Available Free
Indoor air quality resource goes beyond ventilation standards, offering best practices in building construction.
In an effort to promote better indoor air quality, ASHRAE recently made its design and construction guide for indoor air quality available for free through.
Released in 2009, The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning is the companion—long-awaited—to ASHRAE’s minimum ventilation requirements. According to the ASHRAE Journal, the organization had intended to develop the best practices guide as early as the development of ASHRAE 62.1 in 1997. Still considered an integral resource today, the guide has been made free in honor of ASHRAEs 2013–14 theme, “Shaping the Next.”
The resource is divided into two sources of information: a summary guide for reference during conceptual design, and a more detailed guideline section for later project phases. “The main thing to understand is each topic is covered in two locations,” Terry Brennan, a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 Ventilation and Air Quality Committee, told EBN. Where pest management stands as one of the guide’s 40 strategies, the summary section lists “block, seal, or eliminate pest entry points,” among other approaches, and links to recommendations on basaltic sand barriers and foundation vents found in the other section.
The report also offers materials to demonstrate the value of indoor air quality measures to clients and highlights how design and construction teams can coordinate at different stages of the design and construction process.
Published September 30, 2013