Owning and Operating Cost
ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.8

Scope of TC 7.8

TC 7.8 is concerned with owning and operating costs, principally the understanding of comparative owning and operating costs and economic analysis techniques, relating to HVAC&R systems.


The ASHRAE Handbook is published in a series of four volumes, one of which is revised each year, ensuring that no volume is older than four years.

TC 7.8 is responsible for the following Handbook Chapter:
HVAC Applications: Owning and Operating Costs
Owning and operating cost information for the HVAC system should be part of the investment plan of a facility. This information can be used for preparing annual budgets, managing assets, and selecting design options.

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TC 7.8 is responsible for the following research project:


The research effort will focus on the “Implementation of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Principles into Higher Education as an Integrated Decision Making Tool”. This study will focus on the principles of TCO and will be in alignment with both interoperability and sustainability practices


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Other Activities

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MTG.O&MEE, Operations and Maintenance Activities That Impact Energy Efficiency
This MTG will coordinate TC/TG/TRG activities to help support the application of ASHRAE guidelines, Standards and other technical resources to support regulatory bodies, utilities, building owners and others who are attempting to enhance efficiency of existing buildings. Responsibilities include suggestions for research, development and presentation of technical programs of all types on maintenance and its impact on energy consumption and efficiency. It will be especially involved with interactions with those who are introducing and evaluating strategies for building efficiency enhancements.
TCs 2.8, 2.9, 6.3, 7.1, 7.3, 7.9, 9.9 and TG2.HVAC are also members of this group.


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This TC is responsible for:  What is the anticipated service life of my piece of equipment?