Six organizations representing industry groups from engineers and installers to architects and building owners are working together to provide advanced indoor air quality (IAQ) design guidance for the industry.
The goal is to develop a book and professional development course that will describe an integrated process for achieving improved IAQ in all elements of a building, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The collaborating organizations include ASHRAE, the Building Owners and Managers Assn., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Assn., the U.S. Green Building Council, and the AIA.
Last year, ASHRAE was awarded a $510,000, three-year cooperative agreement with the EPA to develop the "Advanced Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Design Guide for Non-Residential Buildings." The book is intended to assist building professionals in implementing high performance design and improving building IAQ performance in a wide range of buildings. Publication is expected in 2009.
Earlier this month, ASHRAE published the 2007 version of its residential indoor air quality standard, "Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings."