November 7, 2013

ASHRAE and IAQA team up to promote better indoor air quality


Through a memorandum of understanding, ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) are working together to promote better indoor air quality in the built environment.

Signed Oct. 15 during an ASHRAE conference in Vancouver, the agreement commits ASHRAE and IAQA to working together in the areas of consistent leadership communication, chapter collaboration, advocacy, technical activities coordination and research.

“As professionals responsible for environmental control of buildings and transportation systems, our first priority must be making those environments safe, healthy, productive and comfortable,” ASHRAE President William Bahnfleth said in a release.

“This partnership between ASHRAE, a worldwide organization with a scope to broadly promote the arts and science of HVAC&R (heating, ventilation, airconditioning and refrigeration) and allied arts and science for the benefit of the general public, and IAQA, an organization focused on services to ensure good indoor air quality, will enhance the ability of both to achieve their shared goals.

“We welcome the opportunity to combine the resources of ASHRAE with the expertise of IAQA to strengthen our effectiveness in this critical area.”

IAQA President Donald M. Weekes said the agreement “is a great step forward” for both his organization and the indoor air quality field. Founded in 1998, the IAQA is dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public.


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