Registry of Qualified IAQ Practitioners Will Also Be Developed
June 3, 2013
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), and AIHA Registry Programs LLC signed a memorandum of understanding that will lead the way toward joint development of a body of knowledge for indoor air quality (IAQ) and a registry of qualified IAQ practitioners.
Contractors know that there are certain customers who may be interested in IAQ accessories due to someone in the family having asthma. Realizing how common asthma is can provide food for thought to contractors about whether they bring up the topic often enough with clients.
AtmosAir Solutions, which produces bi-polar ionization indoor air purification products for businesses and homes, has received U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) approval to sell its products to government agencies, including the military.
HVAC contractors tell their customers there are many reasons for properly maintaining their furnaces, air conditioners, ductwork, and add-on equipment. A well-running system is efficient and provides greater comfort while saving on energy costs. It is a no-brainer. But an added bonus is the healthy ramifications.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs have joined forces to launch the Federal Radon Action Plan. The goal is to reduce exposure to radon and mitigate this public health risk.
Indoor air quality is something that can’t be seen or heard - but it can be measured. And the better the method of measurement, the better the chances of reducing contaminant, allergen, and dust levels in the environment.
High humidity within homes creates numerous problems. Despite the many home-related humidity issues, there has been little to no measured data available on actual indoor humidity levels in U.S. households. That is why the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded Steven Winter Associates Inc. (SWA) to collect data from homes on interior humidity levels.
In one sense, it’s almost comforting to think of radiation as an IAQ problem - a very big one - but whose first line of defense could be a HEPA filter. In another sense, it’s disconcerting to think of its likelihood due to the number of existing nuclear plants. The earthquake-tsunami events in Japan have drawn attention to defense against radiation.
All homes breathe during the extreme weather conditions of the region. When outdoor temperatures are low and the wind is blowing, most homes get enough fresh air to be “healthy.” However, it is more accidental than controlled. Here are some guidelines for helping customers achieve the kind of IAQ they want, in a controlled way.