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Accepted Industry Practice for Industrial Duct Construction



Accepted Industry Practices for Sheet Metal Lagging




Architectural Sheet Metal Inspection Guide





Architectural Sheet Metal Manual




Building Systems Analysis and Retrofit Manual



CADD Version Architectural Sheet Metal Manual CD


Duct System Calculator, Imperial



Duct System Calculator, Metric


Ducted Electric Heat Guide for Air Handling Systems


Energy Systems Analysis and Management




Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards




Fire, Smoke, and Radiation Damper Guide for HVAC Systems



Guide for Steel Stock Construction




Guidelines for Roof Mounted Outdoor Air-Conditioner Installation



HVAC Air Duct Leakage Test Manual





HVAC Duct Construction Standards-Metal and Flexible




HVAC Duct Systems Inspection Guide





HVAC Systems-Applications





HVAC Systems-Commissioning Manual






HVAC Systems-Duct Design



HVAC Systems-Testing, Adjusting and Balancing


Indoor Air Quality-A System Approach





IAQ Guidlines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction






Kitchen Ventilation Systems and Food Service Equipment Fabrication and Installation Guidelines




Rectangular Industrial Duct Construction Standards





Residential Sheet Metal Guidelines





Residential Comfort System Installation Standards Manual




Round Industrial Duct Construction Standards





Seismic Restraint Manual




Sheet Metal Welding Guide




TAB Procedural Guide




Thermoplastic Duct (PVC) Construction Manual




Thermoset FRP Duct Construction Manual




1st Edition, 1975, 128 pages: This handbook is a compilation of accepted industry practices for the construction of duct systems designed to convey air and gases that usually contain particulate or corrosive aerosols. It contains negative pressure construction for 4" w.g. to 2 psi and a metal corrosion chart

1st Edition, 2002, 128 pages: This document contains accepted industry practices for the fabrication and installation of sheet metal lagging, used to cover and protect insulated areas of equipment. The fabrication practices included illustrate the requirements of most commonly encountered insulated surfaces, such as boiler walls, flues, ducts, precipitators, air heaters, economizers, tanks, fans,etc. This publication is intended to assist the designer, contractor and plant engineer in understanding and solving the complexities involved in the design, fabrication and installation of sheet metal lagging systems

1st Edition, 2004, 52 pages: An invaluable inspection resource for owners of standing seam, batten seam, or Bermuda-type roofs. Presents practical troubleshooting and corrective tips for typical problems of roof panels, gutters, downspouts, fascia, copings, flashing, ridges and hips, valleys, expansion joints, penetrations, fasteners and soldering. Also provides relevant information regarding construction of these architectural elements, the purpose of each, as well as what to look for during periodic inspections. Sealants, moisture transfer methods and air leakage are also covered. Emphasizes the importance of regular and appropriately timed inspections because a small problem discovered early can be fixed at a low cost, preventing minor damage from becoming a substantial problem until the cost of repair and remediation becomes excessive. Contractors will find this book a valuable resource to provide owners or facility managers along with the standard building completion documents.

7th Edition, 2012, 542 pages: This is the most comprehensive set of recommended practices available for proper design and installation of custom fabricated architectural sheet metal. This user-friendly revised edition uses figure numbers - not plates. It also contains master isometric roof plans keyed to details; new roof drainage design data; revised roofing, flashings and copings; wind pressure test reports; model project specifications; and metrication. Clarifies and segregates the design of copings versus gravel stop and fascia.

1st Edition, 1995, 198 pages: This guide provides contractors an overview of a variety of HVAC aftermarket business opportunities, allowing them to select those that might provide the greatest return on investment consistent with market forces in their local area. Topics covered: marketing aftermarket services; energy management retrofit; HVAC systems testing, adjusting and balancing; indoor air quality; HVAC system commissioning/recommissioning; duct cleaning; duct system analysis; system operation and maintenance; and CFC/HCFC retrofit.

6th edition, 2004: A CADD version of the illustrations in SMACNA’s 6th edition of the Architectural Sheet Metal Manual is available for use in CAD programs. This CD contains all 169 figures in DXF format that are used to illustrate the best practices in architectural sheet metal work. Architects and designers are encouraged to use this invaluable resource to assure that their specifications reflect the proper design details. A 496-page Architectural Sheet Metal Manual is included in PDF format with every CADD version CD.

1988: This calculator, complete with detailed instructions, enables HVAC system designers to design an average duct system without additional references. The only calculator in the industry to include the 0.0003 roughness factor duct friction loss data for designing straight, round or rectangular sheet metal ducts.

1988: This calculator, complete with detailed instructions, enables HVAC system designers to design an average duct system without additional references. The only calculator in the industry to include the 0.0003 roughness factor duct friction loss data for designing straight, round or rectangular sheet metal ducts.

2nd Edition, 1994, 42 pages: A comprehensive application and installation guide of ducted electric heaters and important factors relating to application, selection, location, installation and control.

1st Edition, 1997, 344 pages: Presents an updated level of technical information necessary for energy conservation and retrofits of today's commercial facilities. This new manual provides building owners, facility managers, contractors, and system designers with the tools needed to evaluate an existing facility for energy savings potential. Items of special interest include performance contracting, CFC refrigeration regulation, and new automation system open protocols. Other topics covered include HVAC heat recovery, energy auditing, operation and maintenance and indoor air quality.

7th Edition, 2003, 88 pages: The updated 88-page manual provides the performance characteristics for fibrous glass board as determined by the North American Insulation Manufacturers’ Association (NAIMA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) as well as specifications for closures and illustrations of how to construct the full range of fittings. Also covered are details for connections to equipment and air terminals, hanger schedules, reinforcement requirements, fabrication of rectangular duct and fittings, closures of seams and joints, channel and tie rod reinforcements, plus hangers and supports. For 2” w.g. or less. Metric units have been provided in a more convenient format, as well as an updated inspection checklist.

5th Edition, 2002, 142 pages: The new edition has been updated from the 1992 edition and includes updated code references, NFPA references, and expanded guideline notes as to the details of damper installation. The appendices on smoke control and smoke detectors have been revised to reflect the current technology and requirements for those applications.

2nd Edition, 1996, 102 pages: This edition clarifies design criteria, improves consistency in symbols from different reference technical papers, and provides guidance for reinforcement of stack openings, as well as construction in the soft metric system. It includes tables for selection of free standing stacks from 20 ft. to 120 ft. high, and diameters to 84 inches, companion flange and stiffener sizes and stacks with access ladders and platforms. Designers and engineers will benefit from the tables containing hundreds of stacks detailed and ready to go. Sources of data on design of guyed stacks are also listed.

2nd Edition, 1997, 28 pages: Contains guidelines for installation of roof-mounted outdoor air-conditioner equipment as developed by SMACNA and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). To be used as a supplement to the unit manufacturer's specific installation instructions. This booklet of waterproofing illustrations and reminders covers curb and roof penetrations and sealings, as well as the interface between the roof and the location at which the unit, piping, electrical wiring or sheet metal ductwork pass through the roof. This guideline supersedes AHRI Guideline B-1986.

1st Edition, 1985, 85 pages: A companion to HVAC Duct Construction Standard - Metal and Flexible, this manual contains duct construction leakage classification, expected leakage rates for sealed and unsealed ductwork, duct leakage test procedures, recommendations on use of leakage testing, types of test apparatus and test setup and sample leakage analysis. Also covered are orifice flow meter design and valuable references for fluid meter instrumentation. This manual is referenced in ASHRAE's Energy Conservation Standard 90.1. Identified as DALT by some government agencies. Can be used for positive and negative pressure tests.

3rd Edition, 2005, 390 pages: This American National Standard (ANSI/SMACNA 006-2006) contains tables and details for constructing ductwork for ½" to 10" wg positive and negative pressures. This edition improves upon the second edition with expanded pressure class tables, separate tables for TDC/TDF construction and expanded tables for round duct construction including 6" wg positive and negative pressure and sizes up to 96". New in this edition is an engineering and design chapter to provide additional information to design professionals, double-wall construction details, new casing construction details and additional accessory items. The standard is applicable for construction using uncoated steel, galvanized and stainless steels and a limited range of aluminum ducts. This standard has been adopted in the ICC International Mechanical Code. Includes soft metrics.

3rd Edition, 2006, 158 pages: Contains guidelines for inspection of commercial HVAC duct systems for compliance with SMACNA/ANSI HVAC Duct Construction Standards, Metal and Flexible, (3rd edition) and Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standard (7th edition). It reviews materials and reinforcement of duct systems, as well as assembly and supports of ducts. The Fire, Smoke and Radiation Damper Guide (5th edition) also summarizes installation details. Checklists are included for ductwork and fire dampers. Valuable as a study guide for the HVAC Duct Construction Standards manual and for learning inspection procedures in general. Includes soft metrics.

2nd Edition, 2010, 442 pages: Focuses primarily on the advancement of HVAC systems technology, with increased emphasis on energy efficiency and the emergence of green and sustainable building. Provides guidance for HVAC system selection, operation, and design. Covers the fundamentals of space condition requirements and explains how the various types of air, hydronic and refrigeration HVAC system designs can be applied to buildings. Individual chapters detail system information for controls, multizone, dual duct, terminal reheat, variable air volume, induction and special applications such as dedicated outside air and thermal energy storage.

1st Edition, 1994, 194 pages: Commissioning is the process of ensuring the HVAC system meets the owner's operational requirements. The process works effectively for projects both large and small, simple as well as complex. It applies to the commercial industrial and institutional markets. It is a practical how-to guide for contractors, owners and engineers interested in learning about commissioning for new buildings and recommissioning for existing buildings. Separate chapters are devoted to the different levels of commissioning, including basic, comprehensive and critical system commissioning. A thorough explanation of recommissioning leads one through the preliminary investigation, survey and documentation phase, the design and installation of system modifications, and the actual recommissioning test. The appendix contains a sample HVAC Systems Commissioning Specification, complete from the planning to the final execution stage. Additionally the topics functional performance testing, operator training, MSDS forms and equipment data sheets and O&M manuals are covered. It also includes sample reports and timesaving pre-start and start-up checklists.

4th Edition, 2006, 392 pages: The fourth edition of HVAC Systems Duct Design presents the basic methods and procedures required to design HVAC air distribution systems. This manual provides the HVAC system designer detailed information on duct design and U.S. and metric units are provided in all examples, calculations, and tables. In addition to the basic engineering guidelines for the sizing of HVAC ductwork systems, the manual also provides related information on materials, methods of construction, economics of duct systems, duct system layout, pressure losses, fan selection, duct leakage, acoustic considerations, and Testing, Adjusting and Balancing (TAB).

3rd Edition, 2002, 407 pages: This new version has been extensively updated from the 1993 version and includes all of the many changes that have taken place in the HVAC industry. New sections covering VFD, DDC, lab hood exhaust balancing, and the latest changes in balancing equipment and procedures are included.

3rd Edition, 1998, 170 pages: This new manual is an update to the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) manual. It provides for a system type approach to identifying and solving IAQ concerns, while introducing the fundamentals of IAQ. The manual also updates the technical aspects of IAQ with regard to typical contaminants found in today's facilities. Other topics covered are testing and identification and source mitigation. Timesaving IAQ tracking forms can be modified to meet specific contractor needs.

2nd Edition, 2007, 131 pages: The SMACNA IAQ Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction, 2nd edition ANSI/SMACNA 008–2008, is intended as an authoritative source for providing project management guidance in maintaining satisfactory indoor air quality (IAQ) of occupied buildings undergoing renovation or construction. The Guideline covers how to manage the source of air pollutants, control measures, quality control and documentation, communication with occupants. It includes example projects, tables, references, resources, and checklists. Methods to identify and remediate lead, asbestos, or other materials that are classified as hazardous materials are not intended to be within the scope of this standard. The new edition includes a more extensive set of informative appendices than the previous edition that provide more references, resources, planning and inspection checklists, model specifications, HVAC equipment early start up guidance, and the DUCT CLEANLINESS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION undefined all within a single document for user convenience.

1st Edition, 2001, 199 pages: A basic reference guide to industry-accepted practices for fabrication and installation of commercial kitchen ventilation systems and custom-built food preparation equipment. Assists the designer, contractor and code officials in understanding the complexities of designing, installing, construction and balancing both the exhaust and make-up air systems required in commercial kitchen ventilation. The food service equipment section offers practical guidelines for designing, fabrication, evaluating and installing a wide range of custom-built food service equipment. Includes tables, shelves and wall lining details as well as minimum dimension and metal thickness standards for constructing light, medium and heavy-duty kitchen equipment that should provide owners with years of trouble-free usage. Developed in accordance with ANSI/NSF-2-1996. Also included is an appendix that provides application details for the seismic bracing of food service equipment.

2nd Edition, 2004, 448 pages: This second edition expands the scope of the 1980 version, updating original text to incorporate a revised theory of design, new materials and more “user friendly” tables. Included are new tables for stainless steels and aluminum, plus expanded chapters on materials, welding practices, and a guide specification. It covers the simple, low or moderate temperature and pressure (or vacuum) indoor systems as well as the more complex outdoor systems that operate at moderate to high temperature and pressure (or vacuum), and are subject to higher and more complex external loading.

1st Edition, 2001, 130 pages: The first edition of SMACNA’s Residential Sheet Metal Guidelines offers contractors, designers, builders and homeowners a source of expert information on the proper fabrication and installation of exterior sheet metal in residential buildings. Covering topics that include roof drainage systems, decks, chimneys, windows, doors and ledges, the new manual presents details and explanations based on and designed for low-rise residential buildings, up to three stories, that are used as single-family and multi-family dwellings. The guide also highlights details commonly used in residential sheet metal work throughout the industry. In addition to generic detail drawings, design data and the appendixes will help users to adapt the drawings to local climate and project conditions. Carefully examining the information along with the local climate conditions will enable users to select the proper details for practically any residential architectural sheet metal application.

7th Edition, 1998, 150 pages: This publication incorporates complete and comprehensive installation standards for residential heating and cooling systems. The manual incorporates the current technology available for contractors and designers to provide a state-of-the-art system. Sections include load calculations, duct design, duct construction, insulation, vents, air terminals, control applications, system specifications and other updated industry equipment and methods for residential systems. Also covered are forced air heating, heat pumps, automatic control thermostats, flues and sound and vibration. Includes soft metrics.

2nd Edition 1999, 648 pages: This American National Standard (ANSI) expands the scope of the 1977 version, updating original text to incorporate a revised theory of design, new materials and more "user friendly" tables. Offers a standardized, engineered basis for design and construction of industrial ducts of Classes 1 to 5. Includes a spiral duct chapter for Classes 1 and 2, covers design pressures ranging from 30" w.g. negative to 50" w.g. positive, plus carbon and galvanized steel tables. Changes to the manual include expanded tables for stainless steel and aluminum, expanded tables for duct sizes up to 96 inches in diameter, introduction of a new Duct Class 5 for systems handling corrosives, and spiral lockseam pipe. As alternatives to table use, the publication has a manual calculation procedure using equations and fully developed examples, and offers optional calculation software. Includes soft metrics.

3rd Edition, 2008, 202 pages: The Seismic Restraint Manual: Guidelines for Mechanical Systems, 3rd edition 2008, ANSI/SMACNA 001-2008, is an updated set of guidelines that shows designers and contractors how to determine the correct restraints for sheet metal ducts, piping and conduit, so that they are more likely to remain attached to the building during an earthquake. The manual shows how very low- and very high-risk areas of the country can be accommodated. The new edition includes a more extensive list of bracing options and has been revised to comply with current building codes all within a single document for user convenience.

3rd Edition, 2007, 174 pages: This publication and the wealth of information it contains are intended to assist contractors, estimators and shop supervisors in profitably managing the welding activity in a sheet metal shop. Updated coverage of welding processes; flux-cored wire guidelines; and the latest equipment. The safety chapter covers such items as health effects, hazard controls and safety procedures. Other chapters include guidelines for developing welding procedures, controlling weld quality, estimating, hiring and training welders and welder certification.

1st Edition, 2003, 116 pages: The TAB Procedural Guide is intended for trained TAB technicians to assure that the appropriate procedures are employed in an effective manner. This new publication includes general as well as specific guidance for both air-and water-side HVAC system adjusting and balancing. Variable air volume, multi-zone, dual duct and exhaust air systems are examples of the systems specifically covered and time-saving forms are included for precise record keeping during the conduct of a TAB project. The guide assists TAB technicians with preplanning and establishing teams so that energy use is minimized whether the work is done in new or existing buildings.

2nd Edition, 1995, 146 pages: Contains the latest and most useful information from manufacturers, fabricators, and corrosion specialists on the use and application of thermoplastic materials. This fully illustrated manual provides full construction details and standards for PVC ducts of 2", 4", and 10" w.g. positive and negative. It gives guidance in understanding these synthetic materials, as well as assistance in determining their strengths, corrosion resistance and advantages over other materials. A model specification enables one to easily prepare custom project documents for installation of PVC air handling systems. Also covered are polypropylene and polyethylene, CPVC, LDPE, HDPE, UHMW, ABS, Acrylics, and PVDF. Includes soft metrics.

1st Edition, 1997, 208 pages: SMACNA contractors researched the current and future potential use of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) duct as well as its physical properties, to provide contractors, architects, engineers, managers, and plant owners with this authoritative resource that can be relied upon for the proper selection, manufacture, and installation of FRP duct systems. Covers design procedures for the manufacture and installation of round duct systems ranging from 4 to 72 inches in diameter and rectangular duct systems ranging from 12 to 96 inches in width and depth, operating at a static pressure within a range from -30 to +30 inches w.g. and within a temperature range from ambient to 180 degrees F. Includes soft metrics.


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