Mechanical systems in health care facilities tend to be more complex than systems in most other buildings and need more rigid maintenance to meet the special needs and functions of the facility. In a hospital, the HVAC system does far more than keep occupants comfortable. It also serves a critical function in patient health and therapy and in occupant safety. In addition, mechanical systems must adhere to the many codes and standards that govern health care facilities. For these and other reasons, proper design, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems is crucial.
The ASHE Mechanical Systems Handbook for Health Care Facilities provides detailed information to support the design, operation, and maintenance of a facility’s mechanical systems. Along with chapters on powerhouse equipment, HVAC and air-handling systems and energy management, the handbook presents information on code compliance, alternative energy-saving strategies and testing HVAC systems.