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Sustainability is the Latest Addition to Handbook
June 18, 2009

As economies transition from carbon-based to other forms of more sustainable energy, engineers are being challenged to meet an ever-increasing tide of regulation and demand.

To assist the building environment industry in meeting this challenge, guidance on designing for effective energy resource use is being emphasized in the newest edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Handbook.

The 2009 ASHRAE Handbook — Fundamentals, covers basic principles and provides essential data for HVAC&R design. The new chapter on sustainability defines this concept for HVAC&R and describes the principles, design considerations, and detailed evaluations needed in designing sustainable HVAC&R systems.

The 2009 ASHRAE Handbook is published in two editions. One contains inch-pound (I-P) units of measurement, and the other contains the International System of Units (SI). The cost of the 2009 ASHRAE Handbook — Fundamentals, which includes the CD is $195, in I-P or SI. The 2009 ASHRAE Handbook CD, which contains both the I-P and SI editions, costs $155.

To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit at

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