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HVAC Systems Sound and Vibration Procedural Guide

The HVAC Systems Sound and Vibration Procedural Guide details methods and processes that, when followed, provide repeatable measurement and verification of sound and vibration (S&V) levels, as required by new and emerging building codes. Instrumentation standards, sound measurement procedures, vibration inspection methods, and vibration measurement procedures are included in the guide. Written for trained sound and vibration testing supervisors and technicians, this publication also is a useful aid to assist designers developing project specifications for sound and vibration testing requirements.

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Book Jan 01 2013

Achieving Spatial Coordination Through BIM

This guide is an industry reference for HVAC and MEP contractors who are doing spatial coordination in a BIM environment. This guide addresses how contractors can incorporate leading-edge technologies and workflows into the spatial coordination aspect of their projects. It provides contractors with an outstanding educational resource for their employees who have to make these decisions.

This guide explains:

  • How to review, use, and contribute to the many documents that establish the scope of that work.
  • How to set up a BIM coordination program in your company.
  • How to manage the BIM execution plan.
  • BIM technologies for an IT infrastructure.
  • Proven best practices for profitably implementing spatial coordination through BIM.
  • Evaluating spatial coordination contract language.

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Architectural Sheet Metal Manual

This completely revised publication contains the most comprehensive set of recommended practices available for proper design and installation of custom-fabricated architectural sheet metal including roof drainage system design for scuppers, gutters and downspouts. Features more details in the historical restoration section on skylights, cornices and spires; new moisture and maintenance guide with underlayments; mechanical fasteners and soldering guidance; and enhanced metals selection data. Offers new construction techniques and alternative methods of design and installation reflecting climatic conditions and rainfall rates. An upfront, fast “look-up” key speeds information retrieval. Also covers flashing, metal roofs, copings, gravel-stop fascia. Includes wind uplift pressure test reports confirming superior performance of custom-fabricated metal roofing. Applies to commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

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HVAC Systems Duct Design

The fourth edition of HVAC Systems Duct Design presents the basic methods and procedures required to design HVAC air distribution systems. This manual provides the HVAC system designer detailed information on duct design and U.S. and metric units are provided in all examples, calculations, and tables. In addition to the basic engineering guidelines for the sizing of HVAC ductwork systems, the manual also provides related information on materials, methods of construction, economics of duct systems, duct system layout, pressure losses, fan selection, duct leakage, acoustic considerations, and Testing, Adjusting and Balancing (TAB).

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SMACNews Apr 30 2021

UV-C for HVAC Air and Surface Disinfection

Despite decades of research and thousands of applications in hospital emergency and operating rooms, urgent-care centers, universities, and first-responder locations, UV-C has not been widely leveraged. 

Contractor Operations Manual Dec 18 2020

Integrated Project Delivery Guide

This Guide provides an overview of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method from the perspective of sheet metal, HVAC, and mechanical contractors and can serve as a guide for those interested in expanding their market share into healthcare and other IPD market sectors.

IPD is found at the intersection of quality, cost and scheduling on a construction project where project teams, systems, business structures, and practices are all working collaboratively and tapping into the talents and insights of all team members in an effort to optimize efficiencies and reduce redundancies or waste throughout the construction life cycle (e.g., design, fabrication, installation, etc.).

This document is free to members in the SMACNA Store.

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Webcast Apr 06 2020

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Cybersecurity for a Remote Workforce

COVID-19 has forced most companies to adjust their remote work policies and reexamine their readiness against potential cybersecurity threats and breaches. Host Nick Espinosa explores a wide spectrum of topics, including threats facing contractors as they shift part or all of their staffs to remote working status, as well as trusted cybersecurity services available for businesses. 


J.F. Ahern: Prefab Time Lapse Video

J. F. Ahern Co. recently unveiled a time-lapse video that was filmed over several months, chronicling the assembly and installation of 32 multi-trade racking systems for the Froedtert CFAC project in Milwaukee.

Business Resource Jan 01 2016

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The Business Case for BIM

SMACNA’s white paper “The Business Case for BIM” can help contractors justify the cost of investing in BIM capabilities. This research demonstrates that the benefits of BIM can be substantial ̶ increasing profitability, bidding opportunities, and manufacturing efficiency and volume.

Business Resource Jun 01 2014

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Legal Implications of Building Information Modeling

This article will not focus on the technical aspects of BIM, but rather will analyze the legal implications and challenges facing projects using BIM. This article will examie the copyright/intellectual property issues, indemnity/liability issues, management and conflict issues, and will provide a brief conclusion regarding the future legal prospects for BIM.

CD Jan 01 2012

Architectural Sheet Metal CADD Drawings

CADD drawings of the illustrations in SMACNA's 7th edition of the Architectural Sheet Metal Manual are available for download and use in CAD programs. These drawings illustrate the best practices in custom architectural sheet metal work. Purchase individual files in DWG format for immediate download or get all 188 figures in DWG format on an individual CD-Rom. Architects and designers are encouraged to use this invaluable resource to assure that their specifications reflect professionally vetted design details.

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To compete in today's construction market, organizations will need to increase efficiencies in a time when project complexity is great and increasing, and project schedules are being reduced. BIM provides an effective way to do this.