ASHRAE Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, and Megatall Building Systems

Publisher: American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Year: 2015
No of Pages: 235 Pages
Size: 9.2 MB
File Format: PDF

Book Description:
Tall buildings present unique and formidable challenges to architects and engineers because of their size, location in major urban areas, and the multiple, complex occupancies they often contain.  ASHRAE Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, and Megatall Building Systems is a unique reference for owners; architects; and mechanical, structural, and electrical engineers as well as other specialized consultants involved in designing systems for these buildings.

Expanded since ASHRAE's previous guide on the topic in 2004, this new design guide covers not only tall buildings (taller than 300 ft [91m]) but now also addresses supertall (taller than 984 ft [300 m]) and megatall (taller than 1968 ft [600 m]) buildings, with a broadened scope and updated content that reflects current standards and industry practices.

This guide not only focuses on the efforts of designers of the HVAC systems but also addresses the importance of the design team and their collective efforts and concerns that are the critical elements in determining the ultimate solutions to the project needs of a tall building. Special attention is also given to design issues for tall commercial buildings, which are very often mixed use, with low-level retail, office floors, residential floors, and hotel floors.

Major sections cover the following subjects:
• Architectural design
• Facade systems
• Climate data
• Indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal comfort
• HVAC systems
• Electrical system interfaces
• Intelligent buildings and controls
• Water distribution
• Plumbing systems
• Energy modeling and authentication
• Vertical transportation
• Life safety
• Needs of residential occupancies.

Also included are appendices with examples of stack effect and wind pressure for four representative climates, energy analysis examples, and HVAC design criteria and a systems description for a multiple-tenant office building.

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