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ASHRAE Guideline 13-2015, Specifying Building Automation Systems

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The guidance you need to design, document, and specify building automation systems (BASs)

ASHRAE Guideline 13 provides designers of building automation systems (BASs) with  recommendations for good practice, project considerations, and detailed design options.


The 2015 edition of the guideline includes the following:

  • New content on BAS network design, radio frequency (RF) media types, design and construction, network security, and contractor roles and responsibilities
  • New system architecture content, drawings, and point list examples
  • New multitier architecture model
  • New information on profiles for HVAC and other system equipment
  • Information on new system integration
  • New section on legacy control
  • New informative annexes on Local Operating Network (LON) and sources of protocol-specific language
  • Example specification in Microsoft® Word® format

In addition, content throughout the document is revised to bring it in line with current technical standards. Guideline 13 includes online access to an example specification, available in Microsoft® Word® format, that illustrates the concepts described throughout the document.