Chapter 5: Judges' Chambers Suites
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
The system serving the judge's chambers suite must be sized to include the
reference/conference room, law clerk offices, secretarial suite, and reception area.
HVAC in the judges' chambers suite, if adjacent to a courtroom, must be fed from the same
system as the associated courtroom to facilitate off-hours use (e.g., evenings and weekends) of
the chambers suite/courtroom local system.
For additional detail regarding HVAC systems in judges' chambers suites, see Table 5.4.
Air distribution systems in judges' chambers must provide a high degree of individual control
and acoustical privacy. Ductwork must be treated to meet acoustical design criteria.
Lighting systems for judges' chambers suites are individually determined by the judge in
consultation with an architect, engineer, or lighting designer. The installation must be designed
within federal energy consumption criteria.
Special considerations in lighting design include veiling reflections on reading materials, color
rendition, and how lighting will affect occupants' emotions. Task lighting must be variable to
100 footcandles (FTC) (1100 lx).