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  • Product CodeGVB0/16
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  • Publication DateJun 2016
  • ISBN9781906846725

GVB0/16 CIBSE Guide B0: Applications and Activities:HVAC Strategies for Building


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GVB0/16 CIBSE Guide B0: Applications and Activities:HVAC Strategies for Building

Guide B provides guidance on the practical design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) 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. 

Guide B 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.

This chapter, B0: Applications and activities, focuses on how different types of building and different activities within buildings influence the choice of system. Unlike the other chapters, this chapter is not available in printed form, but can be downloaded from the CIBSE website. Although this title covers the most common activities and types of building, more detailed design information is available for others in specialist guidance.

The other 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.

These 4 volumes are:

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

A combined index to all parts of Guide B is also available and can be downloaded freely here.
Contents of Guide B0:


0.1 Introduction

0.2 General context
0.2.1 Conflict between design objectives
0.2.2 The internal environment
0.2.3 Initial and operating cost
0.2.4 Environmental impact and energy efficiency

0.3 Generic issues affecting HVAC strategy
0.3.1 Built form and scale
0.3.2 Location
0.3.3 Range of activities
0.3.4 Resilience to future changes

0.4 Key decisions
0.4.1 Is heating needed?
0.4.2 Is mechanical ventilation needed?
0.4.3 Is cooling needed?

0.5 Specific activities and building types
0.5.1 Offices
0.5.2 Dealing rooms
0.5.3 Supermarkets and food stores
0.5.4 Shops and general retail premises
0.5.5 Commercial kitchens
0.5.6 Hotels
0.5.7 Schools
0.5.8 Places of assembly
0.5.9 Dwellings
0.5.10 Hospital
0.5.11 Healthcare buildings: non-surgical
0.5.12 Sports centres
0.5.13 Swimming pools
0.5.14 Data centres
0.5.15 Factories and workshops
0.5.16 Cleanrooms
0.5.17 Animal rooms
0.5.18 Farms
0.5.19 Transportation buildings and facilities