A newly published manual from ASHRAE provides guidance pertaining to health-care HVAC for mechanical and consulting engineers, designers, architects, facility managers, infection-control personnel, maintenance staffers, contractors, developers, and code accreditation and licensure officials.

“HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition” is said to provide in-depth design recommendations based on best practices and present proven, cost-effective, and reliable solutions that result in low maintenance cost and high reliability, with systems providing desired performance and efficiency.

The book, a complete rewrite of the first edition, published in 2003, omits general-system descriptions readily available in other ASHRAE publications.

“The manual presents a unified and comprehensive summary of engineering background on the standard (ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities), how to meet it, and alternatives for best engineering practices beyond the minimum requirements,” Daniel Koenigshofer, PE, editor of the manual, said. “A principle objective of the manual is to present what is different about designing HVAC systems for hospitals and health-care facilities.”

Koenigshofer, of Dewberry, said the writing of the manual was a highly collaborative effort by 20 of the top consulting and hospital engineers in the country.

The cost of “HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition” is $99 for ASHRAE members and $115 for non-members. Copies can be ordered by phone at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400, by fax at 678-539-2129, or online.