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Content DescriptionANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170 offers guidance, regulation, and mandates to designers of health care facilities. The revised 2017 edition incorporates 12 addenda to the 2013 standard andincludes the following significant changes: Addition of adiabatic humidifiers as an acceptable type Addition of a new type of exam room with lower requirements for less-acute applications Clarification around the prohibition of controls to change pressure relationships between spaces Reduction in requirements for electroconvulsive therapy procedure rooms Reduction in requirements for laboratories when allowed by certain calculations Higher requirements for higher hazard exhaust airstreams Coordination of space temperature requirements in the Sterile Processing Department withother industry groups Clarification of the definition of the primary diffuser array in operating rooms The standard has also been reorganized into three sections: hospital spaces, outpatient spaces, and nursing home spaces. These changes were made to bring Standard 170 into alignment with the forthcoming 2018 FGI Guidelines.
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ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.
ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.
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