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ASHRAE Issues Guideline on Smoke-Control-System Commissioning

ASHRAE recently announced the publication of Guideline 1.5-2012, The Commissioning Process for Smoke Control Systems.

The guideline includes annexes based on project experience and current practice and illustrates application of the commissioning process for smoke-control systems and components. It builds upon the concepts of and replaces Guideline 5, Commissioning Smoke Management System.

“Due to the integration and interdependency of systems, a performance problem in one system can result in less-than-optimal performance in others,” Paul Turnbull, chair of the committee that wrote the guideline, said. “Although Guideline 1.5 focuses on smoke-control systems, a successful building commissioning process validates the interoperability between all building systems. When smoke control is the primary focus of the commissioning process, coordination among disciplines is essential for success.”

The cost of Guideline 1.5-2012 is $46 for ASHRAE members and $54 for non-members. Copies can be ordered by phone at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400, by fax at 404-321-5478, or online at

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