ASHRAE Guideline 1-1996: The HVAC Commissioning Process describes the Systems Manual as “the composite document that expands the scope of the operation manual and the maintenance manual developed in ASHRAE Guideline 4-1993 by including the additional information gathered by the commissioning process”. It is a progressive concept that unfortunately has not been easy to implement in practical application. One complicating issue is that O&M manuals are already voluminous and sometimes difficult to use. Another is that system manuals are intended for use by various groups with differing responsibilities and technical expertise.
Having been a member of ASHRAE Guideline Project Committee 1-1989R, I recall that the
After publication of Guideline 1-1996 committee members expended little effort to articulate for
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