International Code Council takes action on ASHRAE proposals

By Plant Engineering Staff October 20, 2006

International building codes may soon incorporate new requirements from ASHRAE standards, thanks to several recent proposals now under consideration.

ASHRAE made the proposals to the International Code Council, which develops model codes that may be adopted by code jurisdictions in the United States or internationally. After a public review of the proposals, final hearings for the code change proposals take place May 21-22, 2007. If the proposals are accepted, they would be included in the 2007 code supplement.

“It is the governmental use of building codes and the conversion of standards into codes that derive the greatest benefit from the ASHRAE standards’ development process,” Terry Townsend, ASHRAE president, said at a meeting with ICC leadership, encouraging adoption of the proposals.

A proposal to include new ventilation rates from ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, was approved for inclusion in the International Mechanical Code. The change would lower zone ventilation in many zones, particularly those with high-occupant density, and improve overall ventilation results in systems where zones with differing ventilation requirements are served by a common ventilation system.

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