Revised ASHRAE Indoor Air Quality Standard Published

ASHRAE has included several revisions in its recently published 2013 version of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. The standard sets minimum ventilation rates and other IAQ requirements for commercial and institutional buildings.

The 2013 edition combines the 2010 standard and 10 published addenda to that edition, providing an easy-to-use consolidated document. Specific information on the contents of each addendum and approval dates for each addendum are included in an appendix.

“The 2013 version of Standard 62.1 continues the trend of increasing clarity while adding flexibility,” said Roger Hedrick, Standard 62.1 committee chair. “These changes will allow designers and building operators to meet the requirements of the standard and provide adequate ventilation airflow to occupants while reducing excess ventilation and the associated energy consumption.”

A number of changes in the 2013 edition of the standard were made to remove inconsistencies within earlier editions and improve clarity.

Significant changes include:

• Table 6-2, Zone Air Distribution Effectiveness is modified to increase the ventilation effectiveness of underfloor air distribution systems that meet certain conditions.

• Requirements for the quality of water used in humidification systems are modified and clarified.

• Building level pressurization requirements were clarified, including adding a definition of “exfiltration.”

• A performance alternative to the prescriptive exhaust rates is added. This approach differs from the Indoor Air Quality Procedure, the existing performance-based method for setting supply ventilation rates, in that monitoring of the concentrations of contaminants of concern is required and provides the basis for control of exhaust flow rates.

• Some changes to the ventilation rates and space types in Table 6-1 are made. These add refrigerated warehouses and change the ventilation rate for sports related spaces to include a per occupant component which then allows the use of demand controlled ventilation in these spaces.

• The filtration requirement on air entering wetted cooling coils has been modified to change the MERV rating from 6 to 8. This change will reduce potential for particulate deposition on the coils that could lead to biological or other contamination on the coils.

• Toilet exhaust air that is cleaned to Class 1 may be recirculated.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education.