New ANSI Standard Addresses HVAC Inspection, Maintenance

When it comes to inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems, there is an overriding inconsistency within the building industry, with some facilities following rigorous policies while others adopt a run-to-failure approach. So says Robert Baker, chair of the committee that wrote a new ANSI standard--ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180-2008, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems--which is designed to help ensure a consistent minimal level of HVAC maintenance and inspection to preserve a system's ability to achieve acceptable thermal comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality in commercial buildings. It is the first standard to address such inspection and maintenance, he said.

"Consistent maintenance ensures that energy efficiency remains at design levels. Where maintenance is neglected, energy costs rise significantly and equipment life drops dramatically. With HVAC systems responsible for about 60 percent of site electrical energy use, it's imperative that we provide consistent maintenance and inspection to improve energy efficiency along with thermal comfort and indoor air quality," Baker said. "When systems are not maintained, indoor air quality, occupant comfort, and energy efficiency all suffer."

The cost of the standard is $31 ($25 for ASHRAE members). To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide).

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Levels of a Risk Matrix

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
TenCate FR Technology

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2020

    October 2020

    Featuring:

    • FACILITY SECURITY
      EHS Compliance: Make it Personal
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      Choosing the Right Safety Shoe for Your Industry
    • HAND PROTECTION
      A Requirements Checklists for Work Safety Gloves
    • COVID-19 MANAGEMENT
      Contemporary Issues in HSE Management
    View This Issue