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    ASHRAE Publishes Updated Health Care Facility Ventilation Standard

    June 3, 2021
    Providing critical guidance for designers and operators of front-line health care facilities.

    ATLANTA, Ga. – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released an updated edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170, Ventilation of Health Care FacilitiesThe standard offers guidance, regulation, and mandates to designers of health care facilities.

    The 2021 edition delivers critical guidance for designers and operators of these front-line facilities and incorporates 17 addenda to the 2017 edition of the standard. Changes include:

    • Expanded requirements to allow airborne infectious isolation room exhaust discharge to general exhaust under certain conditions
    • Revised scope, with improved guidance on thermal comfort conditions provided
    • Extensive modifications to address the Outpatient and Residential sections
    • Extensive revisions to air filtration requirements
    • Addition of new columns in the ventilation tables to prescribe filtration requirement and designate unoccupied turndown
    • Expanded guidance on separation distance requirements for varied intake and exhaust arrangements, coordinating with related ASHRAE Standard 62.1 data
    • Improved guidance related to behavioral and mental health

    To purchase ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2021, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, visit the ASHRAE Bookstore or contact ASHRAE Customer Service by phone at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada), 404-636-8400 (worldwide) or fax 678-539-2129.