The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and five fellow founding members recently announced the establishment of the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance (IEQ-GA). The goal of the new global association on indoor environmental quality is to serve as a global platform to facilitate the exchange of indoor environmental knowledge and information, promoting related education and research for indoor environmental quality and health in buildings. The alliance’s six founding members are associations that represent professionals from Europe, India, and North America who work in different disciplines linked to the indoor environment.

The mission of the IEQ-GA is to promote and advocate for indoor climate and health in buildings. Indoor environmental quality is a multidisciplinary domain involving architects, engineers, and health specialists, among others. AIHA and the other founding members are committed to working together to promote education, research, and knowledge exchange at a global scale; to develop standards, codes, and guidelines; and to advocate for the well-being of the general public in indoor environments worldwide.

The announcement was made during the recent 40th Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) conference. In this alliance, AIHA is represented by Georgi Popov, who was appointed AIHA director, and Dave Dahstrom, who was appointed as alternate director. At the ceremony, the founding members celebrated with short speeches about the establishment of the association and presented its mission and objectives.

“The work that has been done to create the IEQ-GA has been shared by the members since 2013, and it has resulted in a bond across the world for our members,” said Donald Weekes, president of the IEQ-GA. “Now is the time to move forward with this new association to help ensure that people everywhere get the best possible working and living conditions, including clean air, adequate lighting, and a reduction in noise levels. I look forward to a bright future for the IEQ-GA, and to its work with other related professional associations, who I invite to join us in the global effort to improve the lives of all humans.”

The founding members of the alliance include:

  • AiCARR, the Italian Association of Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Refrigeration 
  • AIHA, the American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • AIVC, the Air Filtration and Ventilation Center 
  • ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers 
  • ISHRAE, the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers 
  • REHVA, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

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