The ASHRAE Handbook is published in a series of four volumes, one of which is revised each year, ensuring that no volume is older than four years.
The Handbook can be purchased at the ASHRAE Bookstore by clicking on this link. TC 7.7 is responsible for the following chapter in the HVAC Applications Handbook:
HVAC APPLICATIONS: Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing
Systems that control the environment in a building change with time and use, and must be rebalanced accordingly. The designer must consider initial and supplementary testing and balancing requirements for commissioning. Complete and accurate operating and maintenance instructions that include intent of design and how to test, adjust, and balance the building systems are essential. Building operating personnel must be well trained, or qualified operating service organizations must be employed to ensure optimum comfort, proper process operations, and economical operation. This chapter does not suggest which groups or individuals should perform a complete testing, adjusting, and balancing procedure. However, the procedure must produce repeatable results that meet the design intent and the owner’s requirements. Overall, one source must be responsible for testing, adjusting, and balancing all systems. As part of this responsibility, the testing organization should check all equipment under field conditions to ensure compliance.
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