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Standards Reaffirmation Subcommittee, More Looking for New Members

Standards Reaffirmation Subcommittee, More Looking for New Members

From eSociety, March 2020

The following committees are looking for new members. The Title, Purpose and Scope (TPS) for each committee can be found in the links below and on the ASHRAE website at:

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

Guideline Subcommittee 43P, Operations Guideline for Ventilation of Health Care Facilities

PURPOSE: The purpose of this guideline is to provide information and guidance for the operation of ventilation systems that provide environmental control in new and existing health care facilities.

2.1 This guideline is intended for use by facility operators and those involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning, management, operation, maintenance, accreditation, inspection, and service of health care facilities. This guideline applies to patient care areas, resident care areas, and related support areas within health care facilities.
2.2 This guideline considers chemical, physical, and biological contaminants that can affect the delivery of medical care to patients and residents, the convalescence of patients and residents, and the safety of patients, residents, health care workers and visitors.
2.3 This guideline provides guidance for temperature and humidity. 
2.4 This guideline provides guidance for odor control and asepsis.
2.5 This guideline provides guidance for ventilation rates including, but not limited to outdoor air, to serve health care facilities.  
2.6 This guideline provides guidance for thermal comfort.

GPC 44P – Proposed Guideline Authorized February 5, 2020.

GPC 44P, Protecting Building Occupants from Smoke During Wildfire and Prescribed Burn Events

The purpose of this guideline is to recommend building measures to minimize occupant health impacts caused by smoke from wildfire and prescribed burn events.

2.1 This guideline applies to commercial buildings; institutional buildings, including healthcare facilities; and multi-unit residential buildings, as well as dedicated spaces within these building types intended for temporary human occupancy during a wildfire or prescribed burn event.
2.2 This guideline includes buildings expected to be occupied by potentially susceptible populations, including children and the elderly. 
2.3 This guideline provides recommendations related to the design, installation, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of building envelope, ventilation and air cleaning systems.

ASHRAE Guideline 23-2016, Guideline for the Design and Application of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment for Rail Passenger Vehicles

1. PURPOSE: To establish minimum recommended design guidelines necessary to achieve an acceptable level of performance and safety for heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment used on rail passenger vehicles operating in the unique and demanding environment of rail transportation systems.

2. SCOPE: This Guideline covers rail passenger vehicles used in regularly scheduled public transportation service. The Guideline will address environmental conditions, equipment configurations, air filtration, temperature and humidity controls, determination and verification of heating and cooling capacity, ventilation standards, passenger comfort criteria, materials, packaging, noise, vibration and shock, refrigerant selection,, energy efficiency, corrosion protection, voltage and electrical requirements, power supply and electromagnetic interference.

Standard 86-2013 RA 2016, Methods of Testing the Floc Point of Refrigeration Grade Oils

1. PURPOSE: This standard provides a method for measuring the waxing tendency of refrigeration grade oils.

2. SCOPE: The floc point measurement indicates the waxing tendency of refrigeration grade oils at low temperatures. The floc point is defined as the highest temperature at which wax or other solid substances precipitate when a mixture 10% by volume of oil and 90% by volume of R-12 is cooled under specified conditions. The results can be used to compare the waxing tendency of several different oils.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 172-2017, Method of Test for Insoluble Materials in Synthetic Lubricants and HFC Refrigerant Systems

1. PURPOSE: The purpose of this standard is to define a test method to determine the formation of insoluble materials in synthetic lubricants and HFC systems.

2. SCOPE: The test will determine the presence of materials that separate from refrigerant and lubricant mixtures over a range of temperatures and concentrations. The test is based on the precipitation of insoluble material in a lubricant/refrigerant combination. The results can be used to compare lubricants and refrigerants.

Standards Reaffirmation Subcommittee (SRS): SRS acts as the consensus body for reaffirmation and withdrawal of ASHRAE standards and guidelines. Under limited circumstances SRS acts as the consensus body for revision of standards and guidelines. As a standing project committee, SRS has a continuing assignment to maintain the currency of existing standards and guidelines. Note: SRS is especially interested in seeking applicants representing the Producer or User interest categories.

Persons who are interested in serving on these ASHRAE committees are asked to indicate their interest by completing the online membership application forms listed under Instructions for New Applicants at or by contacting Stephanie Reiniche at 

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