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12/11/2012

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New Guideline from ASHRAE Focuses on Smoke Control System Commissioning



ATLANTA – ASHRAE has added to its suite of commissioning guidance to ensure buildings and systems operate as intended with a new guideline on commissioning for smoke control systems.

Guideline 1.5-2012, The Commissioning Process for Smoke Control Systems, describes the technical requirements of the commissioning process described in ASHRAE’s Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process, to verify that the smoke control system achieves the owner’s project requirements.

The guideline includes annexes that are based on actual project experience and current practice and illustrate application of the commissioning process for smoke control systems and components. It builds upon the concepts of Guideline 5, Commissioning Smoke Management System, and replaces it.

“Due to the integration and interdependency of systems, a performance problem in one system can result in less than optimal performance in others,” Paul Turnbull, chair of the committee that wrote the guideline, said. “Although Guideline 1.5 focuses on smoke control systems, a successful building commissioning process validates the interoperability between all building systems. When smoke control is the primary focus of the commissioning process, coordination among disciplines is essential for success.”

Other commissioning guidance from ASHRAE includes Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process, which contains general requirements for the commissioning process of all building systems; and Guideline 1.1-2007, HVAC&R Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process, which contains specific requirements for commissioning HVAC&R systems in Guideline 0-2005 that are unique to HVAC&R systems.

ASHRAE first began developing formal guidelines for commissioning in 1982, looking at documenting best practices to achieve facilities that perform according to an owner’s needs and requirements. Its original guideline on commissioning was published in 1989.

ASHRAE also is working on several other guidelines and a standard related to commissioning:  Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies; Guideline 1.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing HVAC&R Systems; Guideline 1.3P, Building Operation and Maintenance Training for the HVAC&R Commissioning Process; Guideline 1.4P, Systems Manual Preparation for the Commissioning Process; and Standard 202P, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems.

The cost of Guideline 1.5-2012, The Commissioning Process for Smoke Control Systems, is $54 ($46, ASHRAE members). To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

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