This month’s Facility File will focus on the B2B January test for hotels, motels, and dormitories described in the 2015 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Applications. It would be very beneficial for the hotel owner to read the HVAC Application Handbook, chapter 6, to be knowledgeable of ASHRAE’s guidelines when preparing to authorize the designing a hotel.
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 should be combined with the owner contracting a local HVAC service contractor with routine quarterly preventive maintenance to assist the design team in understanding intricacies of owning, operating, and managing these public places. It is also recommended that the owner-design team read chapter 59 of the same ASHRAE handbook titled HVAC Security, as well as consider having an infection control consultant to provide construction and post construction assistance pertaining to in-house worker and hotel guest health safety.