ASHRAE (and DOE) Get More Specific About Economizer Requirements

By Chris Edmondson

It’s time we all start economizing – and no, we’re not talking about budget.

ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010, which officially becomes part of U.S. commercial building codes in less than one year dictates that henceforth all cooling systems shall include either an air or water economizer per Sections 6.5.1.1 through 6.5.1.4. The only areas in the U.S. where this will not apply are the southernmost tip of Florida and south/southwest portions of Arizona where the respective climates do not favor economizing.

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