BELGIUM: Leading associations from North America, India and Europe have formed an alliance to promote and advocate for indoor climate and health in buildings.
Those behind the new initiative, named the Indoor Environment Global Alliance (IEQ-GA), say it will provide a platform for all stakeholders in the field of indoor environmental quality to work together, exchange knowledge and advance the cause.
The IEQ-GA has operated since 2014 based on a memorandum of understanding but is now formalised as an association to enable further development of the organisation. The six founding members of the association are AiCARR (the Italian association of air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration), AIHA (the American Industrial Hygiene Association), AIVC (the European air filtration and ventilation centre), ASHRAE, ISHRAE (the Indian refrigeration and air conditioning association) and REHVA (the federation of European HVAC associations)
The founders say they are committed to working together “to promote education, research and knowledge exchange at a global scale, to develop standards, codes, guidelines and advocate the well-being of the general public in indoor environments over the globe”.
“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 IEQ-GA president Donald Weekes. “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.”
With its formation, the IEQ-GA is inviting interested organisations in the field to become members.