Great Opportunity to Join ASHRAE Committee on Commercial
Maintenance Standards; Applications Due by August 15
Standard 180 Revision Has Nationwide Impact
Hurry and sign up, because this opportunity won’t last long!
WHPA members are invited to submit applications to join the newly-approved Committee to consider revisions to Standard 180 (formal name ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180; Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial-Building HVAC Systems).
Standard 180 is arguably the most influential standards work for HVAC commercial maintenance worldwide. Bob Baker, Co-Chair of the WHPA Executive Committee and an ASHRAE Fellow, urged WHPA members to volunteer and participate in the Standard 180 Revision Committee.
Benefits of Committee Membership
Make an impact on US and worldwide HVAC policy
Influence utility standards-based program design
Work with other leaders in commercial HVAC maintenance
Prestige of membership in ASHRAE committee
Mark Lowry, Chief of Staff of the WHPA, commented “ASHRAE and ACCA have been very receptive to WHPA input to Standard 180. Previous WHPA recommendations including economizer considerations have influenced amendments to the Standard.
Mr. Lowry continued, “The CQM Maintenance Task Working Group released a 45-page report in June that was highly influential in triggering formation of this Standard 180 Revision Committee. Industry stakeholders nationwide support WHPA recommendations to operationalize the Standard, with the Working Group providing a model for how that can be done.”
Based on the momentum from the Maintenance Task Working Group Report, one of the first orders of business of the Standard 180 Revision Committee is likely to include development of a commercial maintenance user guide. Tom Paxson, P.E., an ASHRAE Life Member and Vice Chairman of the original Standard 180 Committee, is chair of this new Committee.
Applicants for the Committee are required to complete an ASHRAE volunteer applications process by the Friday, August 15 date. There is no fee for the submission, nor is a paid membership in ASHRAE required. CLICK HERE for application information.
Purpose and Scope of Standard 180
This is the official ASHRAE description of the “famous” Standard 180, perhaps the most significant commercial HVAC standard in the world. It is a joint standard of ANSI, ACCA, and ASHRAE.
SPC 180-2012R, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial-Building HVAC Systems
The purpose of this standard is to establish minimum HVAC inspection and maintenance requirements that preserve a system’s ability to achieve acceptable thermal comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality in commercial buildings.
2.1 This standard provides minimum requirements for the HVAC system inspection and maintenance practice in new and existing buildings. Where specifically noted in this standard, different requirements apply.
2.2 The provisions of this standard do not apply to:
2.2.1 Single-family houses or multi-family structures of three or fewer stories above grade.
2.2.2 HVAC equipment and portions of building systems that primarily provide for industrial, manufacturing, or commercial processes.
2.2.3 Other building HVAC systems or elements of building HVAC systems that this standard specifically identifies.
2.3 This standard shall not be used to circumvent any safety, health, or environmental requirements