What can ASHRAE do to make its ventilation standard easier to use? Feedback from users, including, designers, code officials, and building owners and operators, will be sought during a forum at ASHRAE's 2004 Annual Meeting, June 26-30, Nashville, TN.

What Do You Need to Know About Standard 62 will take place from 10:15-11:05 a.m., June 27. It is sponsored by the Standard 62 committee.

"The Education Subcommittee of Standard 62 wants to enhance the ability of users to effectively apply the standard," forum moderator Hoy Bohanon, P.E., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Winston-Salem, NC, said. "There have been many changes since the 2001 standard was published. We want to know what topics need to be addressed and in what form the information should be presented to benefit users."

Since ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62-2001, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, is now written in code language without additional explanatory text sometimes contained in standards, users may require additional explanation, according to Bohanon.

In addition, 15 addenda have been added through the continuous maintenance process since the 2001 standard was published. These addenda have resulted in substantial changes, including new ventilation rate and indoor air quality procedures, filtration requirements for HVAC systems, humidity and moisture control requirements, and new sections addressing outdoor air quality assessment and treatment.

The subcommittee also hopes to establish priorities for education programs. Attendees will be asked what topics interest them and what course format would be most helpful.

"There are other questions we hope to answer, such as ‘who are the major user groups,' and ‘what should be emphasized in the future users manual and guideline,'" he said.

For more information on ASHRAE's 2004 Annual Meeting, visit www.ashrae.org./nashville.