ASHRAE’s New Users Manual Includes Online Thermal Comfort Tool

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The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently announced its latest user manual for its thermal comfort standard. The ASHRAE claimed that the new manual provides an overview for new users with more comprehensive information for those who are familiar with its requirements. The user manual also includes a free online thermal comfort tool.

According to a report, ASHRAE’s newest user manual is based on ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. It provides tables, graphics, and examples that could help the users in designing, commissioning, and measuring thermal comfort in establishments.

ASHRAE’s new manual has a free online thermal comfort tool that can be used as the official tool for meeting compliance with Standard 55-2013. Those who purchased the user manual can access the online tool from any device connected to the Internet. The CBE/ASHRAE Thermal Comfort Tool is web-based and was developed by the University of California Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment.

The Chairman of the Standard 55 Committee, Abhijeet Pande, said, “For a new user of Standard 55, the manual provides a great overview of what it takes to make a space thermally comfortable for the occupants.”

“This includes descriptions of how to account for the environmental, occupant, and local factors that impact comfort. For an experienced user of Standard 55, the manual provides insights into requirements that are sometimes hard to understand in the standard. The user’s manual provides examples of calculations that will help even the most experienced user who may struggle with figuring out where and how to get an input needed for thermal comfort calculations,” Pande added.

Additional information included in the manual covers the details for the intent and application of Standard 55, rules on applying the principles of acceptable thermal comfort and effective thermal control, guide to establishment operation and managing maintenance personnel, and information on compliance options and tools.

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