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Ashrae updates principles of HVAC

New book pulls together collective wisdom of US HVAC society

A wealth of information awaits HVAC engineers.
A wealth of information awaits HVAC engineers.

A new textbook that allows engineers to build on their knowledge of HVAC design procedures and methods has been published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (Ashrae).

‘Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning’ builds on the information in the 2009 Ashrae handbook, ‘Fundamentals’, and contains the most current Ashrae procedures and information on building HVAC systems, from basic principles through design and operation.

The book is ideal for undergraduate engineering courses in the general field of HVAC, similar courses at technical institutes, continuing education and refresher short courses for engineers and adult education courses for non-engineers.

There are several significant changes in the new edition, including new values for climatic design information; new values of heating, wind and cooling and dehumidifying design conditions; improved values of thermal conductivity and resistance for common building and insulating materials; and an extensively revised chapter on residential heating and cooling load calculations.

Additionally, the chapters on system design and equipment have been revised significantly to reflect recent changes and concepts in current heating and air-conditioning system practices.

A ‘Principles of HVAC Solutions’ manual is also available, which contains revised solutions to most of the problems in the ‘Principles’ book. The co-authors are Ronald Howell, Ph.D., P.E., William Coad and the late Harry Sauer Jr., Ph.D., P.E.

For more information, visit www.ashrae.org

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