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Design Essentials: ASHRAE's Most Referenced Standards and Guidelines

January 2006. CD-ROM, $499, $429 for ASHRAE members, with an annual updating fee of $290 for nonmembers and $220 for members. A network version also is available. Runs only on Microsoft Windows® operating systems. To order, call 800-527-4723 or 404-636-8400, or visit

In January 2006 the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., (ASHRAE) released a CD-ROM containing the 12 standards and guidelines most widely used in the design of mechanical systems. While not inexpensive, the CD is a bargain compared to purchasing each one separately and less than half the cost of a CD-ROM containing all ASHRAE standards.

Although they are distributed on a CD, the standards are set up to be installed on a hard drive. Activation is required via the Internet to prevent unauthorized copies. Once the standards are installed and registered, users can view, print, and cut-and-paste from them freely. The standards included on the CD are:

•ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 15-2004, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems

•ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2004, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants

•ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2-1999, Method of Testing General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size

•ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2004, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy

•ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

•ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2004, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings

•ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (I-P edition)

•ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.2-2004, Energy-Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings

•ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2004, BACnet®: A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks

•ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process

•ASHRAE Guideline 1-1996, The HVAC Commissioning Process

•ASHRAE Guideline 13-2000, Specifying Direct Digital Control Systems

Published May 3, 2006

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