ATLANTA — ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to promote better IAQ in the built environment. The agreement was signed during ASHRAE’s IAQ 2013 Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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,” said William “Bill” Bahnfleth, ASHRAE president. “This partnership between ASHRAE, a worldwide organization with a scope to broadly promote the arts and science of HVACR 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,” said Donald M. Weekes, CIH, CSP, IAQA president. “I am personally looking forward to working with ASHRAE in the coming year.”

For more information on ASHRAE, visit For more information on the IAQA, visit

Publication date: 11/4/2013

Want more HVAC industry news and information? Join The NEWS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn today!