ASHRAE, along with other industry groups, have formed an alliance that aims to serve as a global source for information, guidance and knowledge on indoor environmental quality.
Other groups that have signed the memorandum of understanding creating the Indoor Environment Quality Global Alliance are 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 was formed by an ad hoc committee appointed by ASHRAE 2013-14 president Bill Bahnfleth to explore ways in which industry groups could work together to address all aspects of indoor environmental quality and health.
ASHRAE says the Alliance will provide guidance on the definition of acceptable indoor environmental quality, with an emphasis on thermal conditions and indoor air pollution, to ensure that the knowledge gathered from indoor environmental quality (IEQ) research is promulgated to and implemented by IEQ practitioners and regulatory bodies worldwide.
The mission of the alliance IEQ-GA is to provide an acceptable indoor environmental quality (thermal environment-indoor air quality-lighting-acoustic) to occupants in buildings and places of work around the world and to make sure the knowledge from research on IEQ gets implemented in practice.
The World Health Organization and the EPA will work with the Alliance in the future.
Bahnfleth said the Alliance will also seek cooperation from other organizations whose work affects the indoor environment on people’s well-being and health.
The global revenue for the indoor air quality monitoring and management market, driven by new building standards and regulations as well as a rebounding economy, will grow 80 percent to $5.6 billion by 2020, according to an April forecast from Navigant Research.