This Standard provides criteria for the aspects of HVAC systems unique to health care facilities.
These requirements may be above and beyond those generally applied in planning, designing, constructing, commissioning, maintaining, and operating HVAC systems in other building types.
This Standard is not intended to dictate the actual design, design initiative, or construction procedures. Rather it is intended to assist the user/owner and designer when considering the relevant issues and provide guidance for reaching optimum decisions.
Note: References to HVAC in this Standard refer to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
The Standard does not include requirements for other building systems including, but not limited to,
(a) the envelope;
(b) the structure;
(c) electrical/lighting systems;
(d) plumbing; and
(e) fire protection/life safety.
Note: Deficiencies in the above systems may affect the commissioning and operation of HVAC systems. When identified, these deficiencies should be resolved by the appropriate parties before completion of the HVAC commissioning process.
The measurements given in SI (metric units) are to be considered the official measurements. Measurements provided in p arentheses are for information only.
In this Standard the word shall indicates a mandatory requirement; the word should indicates a recommendation or that which is advised and not mandatory. Notes accompanying a Clause do not contain mandatory or alternative requirements.
The purpose of a note is to separate from the clause explanatory or informative material that is not properly a part of the Standard. Notes to figures and tables are considered to be part of the figure or table and are written as mandatory requirements.
The definitions expressed in Clause 2 are integral to understanding the text of this Standard.