ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. ASHRAE was formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.
IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure. IAQA headquarters has relocated from Rockville, Md., to Atlanta, Ga., home of ASHRAE’s international headquarters. The agreement was reached between the leadership of both associations and confirmed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference that concluded earlier this month in Seattle, Wash, and the move was completed on August 15. 2014.
“This merger is beneficial to both ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens the programs and services of both organizations,” Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president, said. “The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our resources to ensure the industry receives the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible, which means improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”
Dan Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. and treasurer of IAQA, was a part of the management oversight and search team which fielded proposals from Association Management and related Indoor environmental associations, to be IAQA’s new management team. “ASHRAE formed in 1894 and has over 170 chapters and 54,000 members” says Dan. “We are proud to be a part of such a world class association both nationally and at the Boston Chapter”.