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  • Technical Committees

    View a complete list of all Technical Committees and find out more information on each one.

    Technical Committees

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    Section 1 — Fundamentals and General

    1.4 Control Theory and Application

    1.5 Computer Applications

    1.7 Business, Management & General Legal Education

    1.13 Optimization

    Section 2 — Environmental Quality

    2.10 Resilience and Security

    Section 7.0 — Building Performance

    7.1 Integrated Building Design

    7.2 HVAC&R Construction & Design Build Technologies

    7.3 Operation and Maintenance Management

    7.5 Smart Building Systems

    MTG — Multidisciplinary Task Groups

    MTG.BIM Building Information Modeling

    MTG.EBO Effective Building Operations

    MTG.CYB Cybersecurity for HVAC Systems and Related Infrastructure

  • Publications

    ASHRAE Publications

    Books Content

    Articles and Papers
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    Journal articles are free to members; papers are available by subscription in the ASHRAE Technology Portal or individually by purchase in the ASHRAE Bookstore.

    Business Cases for Improved Control and Internet of Things in HVAC/R
    Today many machines in HVAC/R like pumps, fans or compressors have sensors and data interfaces included. Nevertheless, it is still an open question in many cases how those technical features can be used in business cases and contribute finally to the P&L (Profit & Loss) with a financial earning. Technology which is not supporting a business plan is mainly adding cost and not increasing the value generated by a product. In this paper, several proposals are presented on how sensors, data and interfaces (Internet of Things, Industrial Internet) can be used to generate value.

    Conference:Conference: 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference - Chicago, Illinois (January 20-24)
    Authors: Christian Ellwein, PhD, Member ASHRAE
    Pages: 8

    Data Centers: Digital Revolution Impact, Part 2
    The digitization of human beings will profoundly change everything about human life, the buildings we live and work in, and the integration of the two. Since everything we do as humans revolves around ourselves, it stands to reason that the digitization of humans could be the ultimate big data endeavor.

    Authors: Donald L. Beaty, P.E.
    Citation: ASHRAE Journal, vol. 57, no. 2, February 2015
    Pages: 58-61 (4 pages)
    Publish Date: February 2015

    Big Data Analytics in the Building Industry
    This article examines some of the promises and perils of having large amounts of building data at the user's fingertips and how to use that data and statistical analysis tools effectively to support decision-making by energy professionals.

    Authors: Michael A. Berger; Paul A. Mathew; Travis Walter
    Citation: ASHRAE Journal, vol. 58, no. 7, July 2016
    Pages: 8
    Publish Date: July 2016


    Seminars are available by subscription in ASHRAE Technology Portal

    Seminar 15 : The IoT for Better Building Operation and Control

    Conference: 2017 ASHRAE Annual Conference - Long Beach, California (June 24-28) — Long Beach
    Conference Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017: 01:30 PM-03:00 PM
    Chair: Michael Brambley, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, PNNL, Richland, WA, US

    Seminar 20 : Fresh Insights on Building Automation: A Seminar by the YEA Group

    Conference: 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference - Las Vegas, Nevada (January 28-February 1) — Las Vegas
    Conference Date: Monday, January 30, 2017: 08:00 AM-09:30 AM
    Chair: Joseph Kilcoyne, Member, P.E., SC Engineers, Inc., San Diego, CA, US

    Seminar 11 : The Current State-of-the-Art for an Automated Pathway from BIM Building Models Direct to HVAC Heating/Cooling Load Calculations

    Conference: 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference - Las Vegas, Nevada (January 28-February 1) — Las Vagas
    Conference Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
    Chair: Reinhard Seidl, Non-Member, Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA, US

    Seminar 29 : Control Freaks and Internet of Things Geeks: The Future of Building Automation

    Conference: 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference - Houston, Texas — Houston
    Conference Date: Monday, June 25, 2018: 09:45 AM-10:45 AM
    Chair: Joseph Kilcoyne, P.E., Member, SC Engineers, Inc., San Diego, CA, US

    Seminar 4 : Using Analytics and Big Data to Optimize Your HVAC Systems

    Conference: 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference - Kansas City, Missouri — Kansas
    Conference Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019: 08:00 AM-09:00 AM
    Chair: David Lee, P.Eng., Member, Armstrong Fluid Technology, Toronto, ON, CA

    Seminar 63 : The Force is Strong with this One: Facilitating Integrated Project Delivery

    Conference: 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference - Atlanta, Georgia — Atlanta
    Conference Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019: 08:00 AM-09:30 AM
    Chair: Marianna Vallejo, Ph.D., Jacobs, Portland, OR, US

    Standards & Guidelines

    All items listed below are available for sale in the ASHRAE bookstore.

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    Many ASHRAE standards are also available in a read-only format.

    Read-only Standards

    View a complete list of both published and proposed ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines, including the title, purpose and scope.

    Complete list

    Published Standards and Guidelines

    ASHRAE Guideline 13-2015 – Published Guideline. (Supersedes Guideline 13-2013)
    Specifying Building Automation Systems

    ASHRAE Guideline 20-2010 (RA2016) - Published Guideline.
    Documenting HVAC&R Work Processes and Data Exchange Requirements

    ASHRAE Guideline 24-2015 - Published Guideline. (Supersedes ASHRAE Guideline 24-2008).
    Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality In Low-Rise Residential Buildings

    ASHRAE Guideline 29-2009 – Published Guideline.
    Guideline for Risk Management of Public Health and Safety in Buildings

    ASHRAE Guideline 32-2018 – Published Guideline. Supersedes ASHRAE Guideline 32-2012
    Management for Sustainable, High Performance Operations & Maintenance

    ASHRAE Guideline 36-2018 – Published Guideline.
    High Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems

    ANSI/ASHRAE 55-2017 – Published Standard. (Supersedes ASHRAE Standard 55-2013)
    Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2016 – Published Standard. (Supersedes ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013)
    Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2016 – Published Standard. (Supersedes ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2013.)
    Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings

    ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2016 – Published Standard. (Supersedes ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1- 2013)
    Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.4-2016 – Published Standard.
    Energy Standard for Data Centers

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014  – Published Standard.
    Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2016 – Published Standard. (Supersedes ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012.)
    BACnet - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2019 – Published Standard. (Supersedes ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2013).
    Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018 – Published Standard. Supersedes ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015
    Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems

    ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1 (IGCC) – Published Standard.
    Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings

    ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 189.3-2017 – Published Standard.
    Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable High Performance Health Care Facilities

    ANSI/ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201-2016 – Published Standard.
    Facility Smart Grid Information Model

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 209-2018 – Published Standard.
    Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings

    ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 211-2018 –  Published Standard.
    Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 214-2017 – Published Standard.
    Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program

    Proposed Standards & Guidelines

    GPC 42P – Proposed Guideline.
    Enhanced Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings

    GPC 43P - Proposed Guideline authorized February 5, 2020. SSPC 170 is responsible for the development of this guideline. 
    Operations Guideline for Ventilation of Health Care Facilities

    SPC 227P – Proposed Standard.
    Passive Building Design Standard

    SPC 208P, Proposed Standard authorized Montreal June 29, 2011.
    Method of Test for Determining Hydronic System Balance Valve Capacity

    SPC 223P - Proposed Standar authorized Las Vegas February 1, 2017. This Standard is being developed by SSPC 135.
    Designation and Classification of Semantic Tags for Building Data

    SPC 224P - Proposed Standard authorized Long Beach June 28, 2017. NIBS is a co-sponsor to this standard.
    Standard for the Application of Building Information Modeling

    SPC 227P – Proposed Standard authorized January 16, 2019.
    Passive Building Design Standard

    SPC 229P – Proposed Standard authorized November 15, 2019.
    Protocols for Evaluating Ruleset Implementation in Building Performance Modeling Software

  • Education

    The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI)

    ALI offers a wide range of professional development seminars and short courses. ALI seminars/courses provide high-quality, authoritative and credible technical information, with all content developed through ALI’s peer-review process.

    Integrated Building Design
    This seminar will provide a working knowledge of the integrated building design process, explaining the basic concepts involved and outlining the fundamental application of this approach.


    eLearning on Demand

    ASHRAE offers web-based training through its redesigned eLearning portal, including course packages and libraries on a variety of HVAC&R subject areas.

    eLearning Courses

    Building Information Modeling
    This course shows the potential of BIM (Building Information Modeling) to improve the flow of data during planning, construction and operations, as well as improve a building's lifetime sustainability.

    Integrated Design
    This course explains how architectural decisions affect sustainable and green project goals.



    ASHRAE certification programs were founded to meet the industry needs of today and provide value to thousands of built-environment professionals, employers and building owners.

    For the past 100+ years ASHRAE has worked hard to earn and maintain a worldwide reputation for being the leader in HVAC&R design. ASHRAE certification programs serve to reinforce that reputation.


    Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP Certification):
    Validates competency to model new and existing building and systems with the full range of physics; and evaluate, select, use, calibrate and interpret the results of energy modeling software where applied to building and systems energy performance and economics.

    Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) certification:
    Validates competency to lead, plan, coordinate and manage a commissioning team to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings.

    Certified HVAC Designer (CHD Certification)
    Validates competency to do the following: Design HVAC systems to meet building/project requirements, including equipment, equipment sizing, load calculations, mechanical equipment room design, duct and piping design and layout, and develop HVAC plans for permit and construction.

    High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP Certification)
    Validates competency to design and integrate sustainable HVAC&R systems into high performing buildings.

    For complete details and a full list of all ASHRAE Certifications:

    All Certifications

  • External Resources

    CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers)

    Society of Digital Learning
    The Society of Digital Learning has been created to serve as a home for those professionals trying to digitize the built environment.  Resources and tools are available to bring awareness to the progress we’ve made in digital engineering, what challenges are still common and tools and solutions to these challenges.

    Digital Engineering Training
    This includes training on a variety of topics including Security Requirements, Common Data Environemnts and BIM executioning Plans (plus many more topics).  There’s a variety of levels so whether you’re new, or experienced in the digital environment, there’s an option for you.

    LCI (Lean Construction Institute) Website

    Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change
    A diverse set of practitioners collaborated to create the Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change book based on the transformative projects and experiences of their Lean practices.

    Target Value Delivery: Practitioner Guidebook to Implementation – Current State 2016
    Target Value Delivery: Practitioner Guidebook to Implementation was collaboratively written by a team of more than 20 Target Value Delivery (TVD) practitioners to provide current state practical guidance to implementing TVD with a project team.

    Don’t Conform, Transform!
    If you are a leader who is looking to improve the process and outcomes of commercial construction projects, LCI’s Don’t Conform, Transform is the book for you. This book catches the voices, real-world wisdom and experience of Lean/IPD leaders who have mastered the philosophy and value of each practice described.

    Target Value Design: Introduction, Framework & Current Benchmark
    Target Value Design (TVD), referring to the application of Target Costing (TC) to the delivery of projects in the AEC industry, radically differs from what has become the traditional way of designing and making products. TVD is a method that makes customer constraints (on cost, time, location and others) drivers for design in pursuit of value delivery. This document introduces TVD by retracing its roots and describing why owners and, in fact, all project participants can benefit from using TVD

    LCI Special Edition: This Is Lean
    This is Lean gives an easily accessible, structured, and inspiring account and description of Lean. Most important perhaps is the value and effect of the joint development of the whole organization, and the structured way of working from co-workers to executives. Here are enormous benefits to gain both for co-workers, for the company and organization, and not the least for the customer.

    NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratories)

    Building Energy Science Research
    Learn about what is currently being done to make your buildings more efficient in the areas of energy storage HVAC&R, and grid-interactive buildings.

    Common Challenges in Commercial Buildings
    Find more information from NREL on how to provide reliable and secure energy for your building, while achieving energy performance targets and maximizing your return on investment.  Look through common challenges to find an NREL team member who can help you.

    Residential Buildings Group
    NREL has a residential buildings group ready to help you bring energy efficiency technology and practices into the US home building and retrofit markets.

    Data and Tools
    NREL offers data and tools to help build energy-efficient and cost-effective buildings.

    • BEOpt Building Energy Optimization Tool
    • EnergyPlus
    • Foresee
    • OpenStudio
    • ResStock Analysis Tool
    • Technology Performance Exchange
    • URBANopt

    ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

    Building Technologies
    ORNL is actively developing technologies to make buildings more efficient, cost-effective and secure. They have research areas in building envelopes, building system integration, building to grid design and equipment technologies.  They also have tools available to help with design in some of these areas.  Staff is available to answer questions at the site above.

    SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association)

    Championing the Virtual Design and Construction Approach
    Leading members of the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry are championing the virtual design and construction process—a change that is slowly but dramatically transforming the way projects are completed.

    Virtual Design and Construction Practice: Benefits, Challenges, and Proven Strategies for AEC Team supports the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) approach and offers insights into the growing use of virtual design on construction projects.