The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers will incorporate “sustainability” in the ASHRAE Handbook.

The society is conducting a review of the environmental sustainability content of all chapters and is looking at writing a new one on sustainability with a view toward integrated building design in its Fundamentals volume.

“While the word ‘sustainability’ only recently entered the vocabulary of ASHRAE, the society was involved with sustainable building and HVAC equipment design long before the term was coined,” said Norm Maxwell, chairman of the handbook committee.

Maxwell noted that ASHRAE has funded research for decades to allow builders and manufacturers to design and build higher-efficiency buildings, HVAC systems and refrigeration equipment.

In addition to designing systems that will save energy and operating costs, sustainability requires design professionals to take into account the equipment’s expected service life, he said. ASHRAE said the result must be a system that will last.

“Given the interest in sustainable buildings and technologies and ASHRAE’s long history with high-efficiency buildings and HVACR systems, it is appropriate that design guidance related to sustainability be incorporated in the ASHRAE Handbook,” said Maxwell.