Spearheaded by ASHRAE, six major industry associations have come together to form an alliance to act as a central resource for issues surrounding indoor air quality, thermal comfort, and acoustics. Together with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and the Federation of European Heating and Air-Conditioning Associations (REHVA), the alliance will help explore ways in which industry groups could work together to address all aspects of indoor environmental quality and health.
"Today, and for some time, we have strongly emphasized energy conservation and protection of the environment to such an extent that the need for progress in indoor environmental quality has been obscured. A broad, coordinated effort is needed to fill gaps in research, transfer the results of science to practice, advocate for higher standards and better educate both the built environment professions and the public," said ASHRAE 2013-14 President Bill Bahnfleth in a statement released in July.
The Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance, which has received support from the World Health Organization and the US Environmental Protection Agency, will provide guidance on several key areas including:
definition of acceptable indoor environmental qualit
thermal conditions and indoor air pollution
ensure results and findings from research on indoor environmental quality gets put into practice