More than a half a century has passed since I was fortunate enough to begin my HVAC career, and some things never changed. In particular, the way equipment manufacturers produce shop drawing submittals. Oh sure, some manufacturers will provide computer-aided drawings of the equipment, but basically, the submittal contains the same data as in years past along with the standard manufacturer’s O&M manuals.
Last month, I wrote about eliminating the contract document schedule sheet and combining all the pertinent information on a specific type of equipment into the HVAC section of the contract specification for decentralized HVAC systems. Well, what I’m going to suggest this month is applicable to decentralized or central HVAC systems. It is the 22nd-century shop drawing submittal format. I’m guessing no manufacturer is going to take my suggestion in this 21st century.