Antiseptic. The prevention of decay, putrefaction or, sepsis
through use of an agent that will prevent or arrest the
development of microorganisms.
in a laboratory.
Appliance. Electrical equipment, generally other than
industrial, normally built in standardized sizes or types, which
is installed or connected as a unit to perform one or more
Architect-Engineer (A-E or A/E) Firm. A business composed of
professional architects and engineers.
Areas of Refuge. Areas protected from fire or smoke separated
from all other spaces in the same building or an adjacent
building that permits a delay in egress travel from any level.
ARI. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute.
Asbestos. A natural mined mineral which is a good thermal
insulator, a good acoustical insulator, fire resistant, resistant
to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other forms of cancer in
the stomach and colon.
American Society of Civil Engineers.
Aseptic Environment. An environment or area that is intended to
be free from pathogenic microorganisms to prevent infection.
. A merican Society of Heating
Conditioning Engineers, Inc. http://www.asrhae.org/
ASME. American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
ASTM. American Society of Testing and Materials.
Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance
Atrium. A floor opening or series of floor openings connecting
two or more stories that is covered at the top of the series of
openings and is used for purposes other than an enclosed
stairway; elevator hoistway; escalator opening; or utility shaft
used for plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, or communication
Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). The "authority having
jurisdiction" is the organization, office, or individual