Saturn is proud to announce that standard, RV168-PH.2015/xt-27, Performance Based Approach to Specifying Reasonable Ventilation for Occupied and Unoccupied Residential Buildings, also known as PBASRVOURB, is now available for public use. Created by an elite group of subject matter experts, this new standard specifies methods for determining acceptable ventilation for residential buildings. In development for the last nine years, PBASRVOURB strictly followed ANSI and ISO 9002 guidelines.
“The PBASRVOURB fills a need for specifying reasonable ventilation in the home performance industry” says John Krigger, principal of Saturn Resource Management. “PBASRVOURB brings a breath of fresh air into ventilation, which has hysterically been a complex task.”
This new standard is already gaining momentum. “PBASRVOURB is a much needed standard” says Larry Zarker, CEO of BPI. “Starting Jan 1, 2012, all BPI Certified Individuals will be required to follow the procedures defined in PBASRVOURB.” At the last RESNET conference Steve Baden, Exec Dir of RESNET, showed confidence in PBASRVOURB stating “The RESNET community whole heartedly embraces PBASRVOURB. The RESNET standards committee considers PBASRVOURB to be a model of clarity and will be looking to it as a shining example of how standards should be written.”
The full standard is presented below.
RV168-PH.2015/xt-27, Performance Based Approach to Specifying Reasonable Ventilation for Occupied and Unoccupied Residential Buildings
This standard shall define the requirements for assessing need, installing, and verifying reasonable ventilation for occupied and unoccupied residential buildings. Any and all care shall be taken to ensure that any and all components of this standard have been meet.
2. General requirements
It shall be assumed that any and all occupied and unoccupied residential buildings shall require reasonable ventilation. It is heretofore assumed that a standard shall define the suggested requirements for reasonable ventilation levels.
The assessor shall at a minimum begin the assessment no later than 8am local time. Care shall be taken that the assessment only be performed on days when relative humidity shall not exceed 98.5% of maximum. Assessor shall close all exterior windows and doors, and open all interior doors. A single 10″ skillet shall be placed upon the kitchen stove burner. The burner shall produce at a minimum 3,412 btuH but shall not produce more than 29.9 ppm CO. Once the skillet shall have reached SSE assessor shall place one (1) piece of breakfast meat per occupant (BMPO) in skillet. Acceptable BMPO include bacon, sausage (link or patty), or ham. Occupants shall be defined as living organisms that require O2 to proliferate. If the building is unoccupied the assessor shall use the building’s cubic footage divided by 0.000000007. Said meat should be cooked to doneness in accordance with FDA rule 804.12.87.89/a. After BMPO shall be done the assessor shall leave the building, not to return for a period no less than 8.1 hours. Assessor shall follow the guidance of section 4 “Installation” if aroma of said BMPO is determined to be present after said 8.1 hour mandatory period. Appropriate BMPO testing equipment shall not cost less than $999.
If required by the procedures promulgated in section 3. Assessment, assessor shall open a window.
If the procedure followed in section 4 alleviate any issues revealed while following the procedures in section 3 assessor shall instruct the occupant to follow the guidance provided in section 4.