ATLANTA - According to the ASHRAE officials, better understanding of the requirements of its ventilation standard will result in better indoor air quality.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has formed a subcommittee to educate building owners and others about its Standard 62-2001, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Standard 62 sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings.

"Our goal is to give users the tools they need to understand and apply the standard to the benefit of their HVAC design, which ultimately will provide for better functioning facilities and improved indoor air quality," said committee chairman Eli Howard.

The subcommittee will also continue to develop the companion guideline to the standard. Proposed Guideline 19P, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality, would provide practices and procedures for the design, installation, and operation and maintenance of building HVAC systems. A first public review is expected next year.