Want to understand the principles behind your building’s HVAC systems and design? See ASHRAE’s updated book

by Brianna Crandall — August 18, 2017 — Global building technology society ASHRAE has released an updated eighth edition of its Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning textbook. The publication presents the fundamental concepts for HVAC systems and design, and is ASHRAE’s recommended text for HVAC instruction, both for engineers and non-engineers, especially when combined with ASHRAE Handbook — Fundamentals.

The eighth edition has been updated to reflect the changes made in the new 2017 ASHRAE Handbook — Fundamentals, and contains the most current ASHRAE procedures, as well as information on the treatment of building HVAC systems — from basic principles through design and operation. The previous edition was published in 2013.

The HVAC systems book is divided into three major sections: General Concepts, Air-Conditioning Systems and HVAC&R Equipment.

Several noteworthy changes were made in this eighth edition. These include:

  • New values for climatic design information
  • Updated system design and equipment section to reflect recent changes and concepts in contemporary heating and air-conditioning system practices
  • Revised design data and updated content throughout the textbook for stronger continuity with the 2017 ASHRAE Handbook — Fundamentals to reflect current industry practice and needs

The book includes access to a Web site containing the Radiant Time Series (RTS) Method Load Calculation Spreadsheets for those who wish to explore the RTS method. According to ASHRAE, these spreadsheets allow the user to perform RTS cooling load calculations for lights, people, equipment, walls/roofs, and fenestration components using design day weather profiles for any month. Cooling and heating loads can be calculated for individual rooms or block load zones, and 12-month cooling calculations can be done to determine the month and time of peak cooling load for each room or block load zone.

For more information and to purchase Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning, Eighth Edition, visit the ASHRAE Bookstore.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society committed to advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE endeavors to shape tomorrow’s built environment today.