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The ASHRAE GreenGuide

With a focus on how to apply proven Green Building Technology to the design and energy use of a building, the ASHRAE GreenGuide provides mechanical engineers, architects, and construction engineers hand's-on, needed tips on everything from site location to the latest in energy-saving HVAC Systems. This new edition will carry that invaluable practical help forward with the latest on LEED (Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design) guidance as promulgated by the U.S. Green Buildings Council and will offer the latest in sustainable materials and systems specifications. Moreover, the new edition will be better organized around the actual construction project sequence from important Green decisions that must be made at the pre-design and programmatic phases on through the actual construction documents and specifications and eventual Post-occupancy. It will also be greatly enhanced with new Green Tips, including an expanded version of the Green Tip that focuses on specific building types. Dual units have been provided as well as more international HVAC engineering representation in the content authorship. No other guide of this kind offers the authority and accuracy on green HVAC and building technologies like this book.

Mechanical, Electrical, Environmental, and Construction Engineers Architects, General Contractors, HVAC Contractors Manufacturers and suppliers of HVAC equipment and systems


Published: November 2006

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-1-933742-07-6


  • FOREWORD PREFACE Background on the ASHRAE GreenGuide’s Continued Development What the ASHRAE GreenGuide Is and Is Not Who Should Use the ASHRAE GreenGuide How to Use This ASHRAE GreenGuide ACKNOWLEDGMENTS SECTION I: BASICS Chapter 1—Green/ Sustainable “High Performance” Design Introduction Relationship to Sustainability Commitment to High Performance Projects What Drives Green Projects Ingredients of a Successful Green Project Endeavor Establishing Green Design Goals Early Integration of Team Ideas Effective Execution The Engineering/Energy Conservation Ethic Incentives Building Team Spirit International Perspective Chapter 2—Background and Fundamentals Sustainability in Architecture Laws of Thermodynamics Key Relationships/Dependencies Summary References SECTION 2: THE DESIGN PROCESS Chapter 3—Commissioning Process CA’s Role and Owner’s Project Requirement Commissioning Phases Selection of a Commissioning Provider Selection of Systems to Commission Commissioning Models Commissioning Checklist Chapter 4—Architectural Design Impacts Site Location Site Orientation Building Form/Geometry Building Envelope Arrangement/Grouping of Spaces Climatic Impacts Chapter 5—The Design Process—Early Stages Overview The Owner’s Role The Design Team The Engineer’s Role Project Delivery Methods and Contractor Selection(Formally a separate chapter) Successful Approaches Concept Development Expressing and Testing Concepts Chapter 6—LEED Guidance for HVAC Engineers LEED and the HVAC Engineers Role LEED points that are directly related to ASHRAE Standards LEED points that are indirectly related to ASHRAE Standards LEED Certification Process Chapter 7—Conceptual Engineering Design—Load Determinations Energy Impacts of Architectural Features Thermal/Mass Transfer of Envelope Engineering Load-Determining Factors System/Equipment Efficiencies Lighting Chapter 8—Space Thermal/Comfort Delivery System Energy Exchange Energy Delivery Methods Occupied-Space Energy Delivery Means (Air Terminals/Conductive/Convective/Radiant Devices)Provision of Outside Air Ventilation Chapter 9—Impact on the Local Environment Purpose of this Chapter Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Cooling Tower Operation District Energy Systems Water Consumption Acoustics Heat Sinks for Cooling Cool Roof Technology Chapter 10—Energy Distribution Systems Steam Hydronics Air Electric Chapter 11—Energy Conservation Systems Heat Generators (Heating Plants) Cooling Generators (Chilled Water Plants)Distributed Power Generators and Combined Cooling, Heating & Power Summary Chapter 12—Energy Sources Renewable/Nonrenewable Energy Sources Solar Wind Water Chapter 13—Lighting Systems Electric Lighting Daylighting The Light Conveyor Lighting Controls Cost Considerations Sources of Further Information Chapter 14—Plumbing and Fire Protection SystemsWater Supply Domestic Water Heating Sanitary Waste Storm Drainage Chapter 15—Building Automation Systems Individual (Occupant) Systems and Equipment Distributed and Central Monitoring/Control Chapter 16—Completing Design and Documentation for Construction Drawings/Documents Stage Specifying Materials/Equipment Costing SECTION 3: POST-DESIGN—CONSTRUCTION TO DEMOLITION Chapter 17—Construction Construction Practices and Methods The Engineer’s Role in Construction Quality Chapter 18—Operation/Maintenance/Performance Evaluation Commissioning for Building Occupancy Disposal/Recycling Continuous Commissioning Occupant Surveys Bibliography TERMS, DEFINITIONS, AND ACRONYMS INDEX


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