The systems shall be designed to provide the temperatures and relative humidity for sensitive areas or rooms shown in Table 4-A. When outdoor humidity and internal moisture sources are not sufficient to meet the requirements of sensitive areas or rooms in Table 4-A, humidification shall be provided by means of the healthcare facility air-handling systems. Temperature shall be individually controlled for each operating and delivery room. Burn unit patient rooms that require humidifiers to comply with the requirements of sensitive areas or rooms in Table 4-A shall be provided with individual humidity control. All humidifiers shall use dry steam. Humidifiers shall be located within air handling systems or ductwork to avoid moisture accumulation in downstream components, including filters and insulation.
|Area or Rooms Designation||TEMPERATURE
|Cardiac catheterization lab||70-75||max 60|
|Delivery room, Caesaream
|Post-Anesthesia Care Unit||70-75||20-60|
|Newborn Intensive-care nursery unit||72-78||30-60|
1 Thermostats and humidistat shall be either locally resetable and of the non-locking type or remotely resetable and of the locking type.
2 Systems shall be capable of maintaining the rooms within the range during normal operation. Lower or higher temperature shall be permitted when patients' comfort and/or medical conditions require those conditions.
3 The ranges listed are the minimum and maximum limits where control is specifically needed.
4 Types of intensive care service spaces are listed in the California Building Code.
Heating systems shall be designed based on the “Heating DB 99.6%” column of the Climatic Design Data in ASHRAE Handbook-Fundamentals. The systems shall be thermostatically controlled with appropriate zoning to achieve the above conditions.
Cooling systems shall be designed based on the 0.4% columns of the four Annual Design Conditions titled Cooling, Evaporation, Dehumidification, and Enthalpy shown by the Climate Design Data in ASHRAE Handbook-Fundamentals. The systems shall be thermostatically controlled with appropriate zoning to achieve the above conditions.
Where air conditioning is provided, the system shall be thermostatically controlled in one or more zones.
The system shall be designed to provide the temperature and humidity's for sensitive areas for rooms shown in Table 4-A.
Where telecommunications service entrance rooms, technology equipment centers, or technology distribution rooms are provided in accordance with Section 1224.5 of the California Building Code, the following requirements shall apply:
Power for HVAC systems serving the room(s) shall be supplied by the Equipment Branch pursuant to the California Electrical Code. Where redundant systems are provided, only one shall be required to be supplied by the Equipment Branch.
Mechanical equipment or fixtures that are not directly related to the support of the room shall not be installed in or pass through the room.
Exception: Unrelated ductwork may be installed and shall be not less than 10 feet (3048 mm) above the finished floor.
HVAC systems shall be provided to maintain environmental conditions recommended in ASHRAE’s Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environment and the requirements of the specific equipment installed.
For projects associated with provision of psychiatric services in acute psychiatric hospitals, general acute-care hospitals, and special treatment program service units in skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric, seclusion, and holding-patient rooms shall be designed with security diffusers, grilles, and registers.