CIBSE updates design guide for HVAC systems

by Brianna Crandall — July 20, 2016 — New guidance on heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) has been published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in the new edition of CIBSE Guide B. Last updated in 2005 and last replaced in 2001, Guide B is one of CIBSE’s flagship publications and provides guidance on the practical design of HVAC systems.

The much expanded new edition takes into account new technology, revised sections on noise and vibration control, and new legislation. It also includes a new chapter, B0, which serves to summarize the issues involved in designing HVAC systems for a variety of different building functions including types of building and the activities within.

This new chapter is designed for new engineers, or experienced engineers tackling a new and unfamiliar area (since the building services industry in recent years has seen more and more engineers join from other disciplines or more general engineering degrees), and contains a generic overview as well as a focus on the issues associated with different building types from hospitals to gyms.

While detailed advice on specific issues is available in other CIBSE Guides, this chapter is designed to make it easier for engineers encountering unfamiliar applications for the first time to work with clients and other engineers in the HVAC field.

The new CIBSE Guide B: Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is available from the CIBSE Web site as four hard-copy volumes or in digital form, at a discounted price to CIBSE members. Part B0 is only available in a digital form, and can be downloaded free of charge from the CIBSE Web site.