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December 22, 2009 - Proposed standard WK25126, Specification for Recirculating Hood System for Cooking Appliances, is being developed by ASTM Subcommittee F26.07 on Commercial Kitchen Ventilation. Users will include U.S. Department of Defense, architects, mechanical engineers, and food service consultants who design commercial kitchens. It was inspired by Department of Defense representatives' requests for standard for consistent design/performance of ventilation equipment in military commissaries.

ASTM Food Service Committee Developing Proposed New Standard for Recirculating Hood Systems

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Press release date: December 16, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - The U.S. Department of Defense, as well as architects, mechanical engineers and food service consultants who design commercial kitchens, will be the primary users of a proposed new standard, WK25126, Specification for Recirculating Hood System for Cooking Appliances.

WK25126 is being developed by Subcommittee F26.07 on Commercial Kitchen Ventilation, part of ASTM International Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment.

According to Richard Swierczyna, operations manager, Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Laboratory, Architectural Energy Corp., and chairman of Subcommittee F26.07, the inspiration for the proposed standard came from subcommittee members representing the U.S. Department of Defense, who requested that a standard be developed for the consistent design and performance of ventilation equipment in military commissaries.

The proposed new standard is being developed in conjunction with a recently approved revision to another F26.07 standard, F2474, Test Method for Heat Gain to Space Performance of Commercial Kitchen Ventilation/Appliance Systems.

"The revision to F2474 includes an appendix that evaluates the heat and moisture loading from cooking processes," says Swierczyna. "The heat and moisture loading from a cooking process under a recirculating hood, as described in WK25126, can be evaluated in the same way. The determination of the loading is critical in sizing the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for restaurants, arenas and other buildings."

All interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing activities of Committee F26.

ASTM International standards can be purchased from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

View this release on the ASTM Web site at

ASTM Committee F26 Next Meeting: April 20-21, April Committee Week, St. Louis, Mo.

Technical Contact: Richard Swierczyna, Architectural Energy Corp., Wood Dale, Ill.,

Phone: 630-860-1439,

ASTM Staff Contact: Christine DeJong, Phone: 610-832-9736,

ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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