We have a Distribution centre (Nothing Hazardous) of 1000m² with 10 people. The ventilation requirement by ASHRAE is Area- (1000*0.6)+ People (10*5) =  650 l/s. The local bylaw says it is around 4 l/s per person (No area is needed for ventilation) = 40 l/s. There is a huge difference in the ventilation requirement.

Can we design the ventilation requirement to comply with local law as ASHRAE's requirement is energy intensive? Or is there a special clause under ASHRAE in which we can use only the ventilation requirement of people?

- Prethvi