Through a memorandum of understanding, ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) are planning to work together to promote better indoor air quality. The agreement was signed in October during ASHRAE's IAQ 2013 Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The agreement commits ASHRAE and IAQA to work together in the areas of 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 "Bill" Bahnfleth said. "This partnership between ASHRAE, a worldwide organization with a scope to broadly promote the arts and science of HVAC&R 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."
"This agreement is a great step forward for IAQA and the indoor air quality field. ASHRAE and IAQA have agreed to work closely on issues that are of mutual interest," Donald M. Weekes, CIH, CSP, IAQA President, said. "I am personally looking forward to working with ASHRAE in the coming year."
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