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  • PublisherCIBSE
  • Product CodeGVB3/16
  • Number of pages
  • Publication DateMay 2016
  • ISBN9781906846770

GVB3/16 CIBSE Guide B3: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 2016

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GVB3/16 CIBSE Guide B3: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 2016

Note: A reprint of Guide B3 is in preparation and will be available soon. Although the text in the original version is correct, the reprint inserts a number of missing paragraph numbers and corrects the title on the front cover, where "air conditioning" and "refrigeration" were in reversed sequence. The corrected pdf is now available.
 
Guide B provides guidance on the practical design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. It represents a consensus on what constitutes relevant good practice guidance. This has developed over more than 70 years, with the Steering Groups for each edition of the Guide expanding and pruning the content to reflect the evolution of technology and priorities.

Since the last edition of Guide B in 2005, the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive has been introduced. This requires national building energy regulations to be based on calculations that integrate the impact of the building envelope and the building services systems, formalising what was already recognised as good design practice. In addition, the use of voluntary energy efficiency and sustainability indicators has increased. 

These changes have influenced the content of Guide B, but the emphasis remains on system design. 

Structure of the Guide

Guide B deals with systems to provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning services, and is divided into several chapters which are published separately. It will usually be necessary to refer to several – perhaps all – chapters since decisions based on one service will commonly affect the provision of others.

These are, with links as appropriate:
Chapter B0: Applications and activities focuses on how different types of building and different activities within buildings influence the choice of system. This chapter is not available in printed form, but can be downloaded from the CIBSE website. For many activities and types of building, more detailed design information is available in specialist guidance.

Chapters B1 to B4 address issues relating to specific services. There are usually several possible design solutions to any situation, and the Guide does not attempt to be prescriptive but rather to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of different options.

Note:
Another Section of Guide B, designated as Guide B0:  Applications and Activities:HVAC Strategies for Building is available in pdf format only but as a free download from here.
In addition, a Combined Index to Parts B1 to B4 can be found and freely downloaded here.

The 4 hard copy volumes of Guide B are available to purchase as a set at a discounted price here.

Guide B3 Air conditioning and refrigeration

This document, which forms chapter 3 of CIBSE Guide B, describes requirements and provides guidance on system selection with respect to generic building systems and relates primarily to office air conditioning systems. Guidance on specific requirements for other building types is provided in CIBSE Guide B0: Applications.

Section 3.1 sets out areas common to both air conditioning and refrigeration. Sections 3.2 and 3.3 deal with air conditioning and refrigeration respectively.