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ADA—Americans with Disabilities Act
ADAAG—ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities
AHJ—authority having jurisdiction
AIA—American Institute of Architects
AI—Articulation Index
AII—airborne infection isolation
ANSI—American National Standards Institute
ASA—Acoustical Society of America
ASHE—American Society for Healthcare Engineering
ASHRAE—American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
BOD—basis of design
C—Celsius
CDC—U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CFC—chlorofluorocarbon
CFR—Code of Federal Regulations
CHD—Center for Health Design
CMS—U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
DHHS—U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
EIS—environmental impact statement
EPA—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
FDA—U.S. Food and Drug Administration
F—Fahrenheit
HAI—health care-associated infection
HEPA—high efficiency particulate air
HFCx—health facility commissioning
HID—high-intensity discharge
HIPAA—Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HVAC—heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
ICC—International Code Council
ICRA—infection control risk assessment
ICRMR—infection control risk mitigation recommendation
LCA—life cycle assessment
LRV—light reflectance value
NFPA—National Fire Protection Association
NIC—not-in-contract
NIOSH—National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NSC—National Stone Council
NSF—NSF International
OPR—owner's project requirements
OSHA—U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PACE—Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
PHAMA—patient handling and movement assessment
RSRA—resident safety risk assessment
SAGE—Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments
SII—Speech Intelligibility Index
SPC—speech privacy class
STC—sound transmission class
TAB—testing and balancing
TBC—total building commissioning
TC—therapeutic community
TEC—total environment commissioning
TGB—telecommunications grounding bus
UFAS—Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards
UL—Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
USDA—U.S. Department of Agriculture
USP-NF—U.S. Pharmacopeia and National Formulary
VOC—volatile organic compound
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