This month’s column will focus on the B2B January test for Places of Assembly described in the 2015 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Application. It would be very beneficial for the theater owner to read the HVAC Application Handbook, chapter 5, to be knowledgeable of ASHRAE’s guidelines when preparing to authorize the public theater design.
The owner’s facility management group should also read chapters 36 through 43 to assist in preparing the building operation and management design guidelines. This information, combined with the owner’s own knowledge of operating a theater, will assist the design team in understanding intricacies of owning, operating, and managing these places of public assembly. It is also recommended that the owner-design team read chapter 59 of the same ASHRAE handbook, titled HVAC Security, and consider having a security consultant on board to contribute to a safer building design.