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ASHRAE offers a number of residential resources including relevant standards, guidelines, and educational guidance documents. Those resources are listed below with links to the ASHRAE Bookstore where the resources may be purchased. Many of these resources are also available as free downloads or with free read-only access.  

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Essential Resources from ASHRAE

Standard 15.2, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems in Residential Applications (ANSI Approved)

ASHRAE Standard 15.2 is a safety standard designed to accommodate the use of A2L-classified refrigerants in low-rise residential applications and is intended for use by manufacturers, installers, contractors, service technicians, building code officials, and others.

Advanced Energy Design Guide for Multifamily Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy

This Guide establishes a set of energy performance goals for achieving zero energy in multifamily buildings. This applies primarily to construction of new multifamily buildings covered by ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 up to twenty floors, although much of the guidance also applies to retrofits of existing buildings, depending on the depth and breadth of the retrofits. The goals are provided for all ASHRAE climate zones, in both site and source energy. Strategies on how to achieve these energy targets are provided throughout the Guide.


Standard 90.2-2018 -- Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings (ANSI Approved)

This standard provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of residential buildings, including new dwelling units, new portions of dwelling units and their systems, and new systems and equipment in existing dwelling units.


Residential Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Home Design, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance

Focused solely on single-and multifamily dwellings covered in ASHRAE Standard 62.2, this unique full-color resource provides tools that builders, home designers, and residents can use to ensure excellent IAQ, while considering budget constraints and other functional requirements.


Standard 62.2-2019 -- Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings (ANSI/ASHRAE Approved)

This standard defines the roles of and minimum requirements for mechanical and natural ventilation systems and the building envelope intended to provide acceptable indoor air quality in low-rise residential buildings.

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ASHRAE Design Guide for Multifamily Residential Buildings

ASHRAE Design Guide for Low- to Mid-Rise Multifamily Residential Buildings brings together information from codes, standards, and other guidance to outline best practices to achieve high-performance multifamily residential buildings and improve energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in the multi-family/residential sector.

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Standard 55-2017 -- Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017 defines the range of indoor thermal environmental conditions acceptable to a majority of occupants, but accommodates a variety of design solutions intended to provide comfort and to respect today's imperative for sustainable buildings.


Guideline 24-2015 -- Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings

This guideline provides information on how to achieve good IAQ beyond minimum requirements. It provides information relevant to ventilation and IAQ on envelope and system design, material selection, commissioning and installation, and operation and maintenance.