This month’s Facility File will focus on the B2B May test for an addition of a standby AHU in a pharmaceutical building HVAC application. It would be very beneficial for the owner’s building facility manager and construction manager to read chapter 18, Clean Space facilities, in the 2015 ASHRAE Handbook - HVAC Applications to be knowledgeable of ASHRAE’s guidelines when preparing for a building program that will involve work within a clean space and the design parameters associated with this type of application. In addition, the in-house project management team and AHU equipment manufacturer should also review the various guidelines published by the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).
The owner’s facility management and construction management in-house group should also read chapters 36 through 43 of the 2015 handbook for O&M design guidelines to assist in preparing for this addition. This information combined with the owner’s own knowledge of operating a facility with numerous cleanrooms will assist the in-house design team in understanding intricacies of owning, operating, and managing this hybrid central multi-air handling system. It is also recommended that the owner-design team read chapter 59 of the same ASHRAE handbook titled HVAC Security, and also include a security consultant on-board to contribute to a safer building and processing design.