New website contains common definitions for terms found in ASHRAE standards.
Common definitions for terms
found in ASHRAE standards and other publications can now be found at a new
website from the Society.
The free ASHRAEwiki contains more than
6,000 terms related to buildings with a particular focus on mechanical,
envelope, electrical, lighting, load calculations, design, water
design/conservation and energy use and measurement metrics.
“Common terminology in
communications and particularly in standards helps users in their
understanding, thus encouraging adoption and use,” Art
Hallstrom, a member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.6, Terminology,
said. “The ASHRAEwiki goal is to improve communication by encouraging the use
of consistent terminology definitions within ASHRAE and the industry,
The new ASHRAEwiki can
create custom reports of terms and primary definitions that will aid in the
development of standards, guidelines, Handbooks and other ASHRAE publications.
With time, it may have broader use across the industry, according to Hallstrom.
Each term in the wiki has
one or more primary (recommended) definitions, in which ASHRAE standard(s) the
term is used, the definition source and known legal information such as
trademark registration. The wiki also lists any secondary definitions used in
an ASHRAE standard or guideline, which will help with the development of consistent
“There is no requirement to
use an ASHRAEwiki primary definition, but standards developers should be able
to see the value in consistency across all standards,” Hallstrom said.
ASHRAEwiki terms are grouped
by words, symbols, abbreviations and acronyms. Definitions that include units
may use Inch-Pound (I-P) or International System (SI) as primary units.
ASHRAEwiki is in English but might be expanded to other languages in the
“ASHRAEwiki content is
controlled by the ASHRAEwiki editors and TC 1.6 but suggestions from
individuals or organizations are welcome,” said Bruce
Billedeaux, TC 1.6 vice chair. “Suggestions can be entered in the
wiki discussion section or sent to the ASHRAEwiki editor.”
ASHRAEwiki replaces a
proposed ASHRAE Standard, Standard 166P, Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning
and Refrigerating Terminology, which had been proposed to offer uniform
terminology for use in the HVACR industry.
ASHRAE launches new terminology site, ASHRAEwiki
May 8, 2012