IAQA Welcomes New Board Directors and Committee Chairs

IAQA also welcomes the following appointed 2018-2019 Committee Chairs, along with several new committees:

The Indoor Air Quality Association is pleased to welcome Richie Mittal and Luke von Oldenburg to the IAQA Board of Directors. The elected Directors began serving a three year term on July 1, 2018.

Richie Mittal is the Owner and Managing Director of Overdrive Engineering based in New Delhi, India. Richie launched the IAQA India Chapter which was the first Chapter out of North America in August 2016 and is presently the Chapter Director. He has promoted indoor air quality (IAQ) in India through lectures and presentations at various platforms in India like ISHRAE (Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers).

Luke von Oldenburg, of Atlanta, Georgia, works for United Consulting as the company’s Senior Industrial Hygienist and Corporate Health and Safety Officer. Under this role he provides the necessary in-house OSHA training, and onsite safety inspections, as well as performing IAQ assessments for commercial and industrial clients. Luke’s goals include broadening the IAQA footprint by increasing IAQA’s presence in the business community, and by continuing and growing the webinar series.

Read more about the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and its elected officers here.  The full listing of IAQA’s Board of Directors, including contact information, can be found here.

IAQA also welcomes the following appointed 2018-2019 Committee Chairs, along with several new committees:

NEW! Bylaws: Sam Bergman, Chair

NEW! Communications/IT/Website: Todd Stevens, Chair

Convention: Alice Delia, Chair

Education: Luke von Oldenburg, Chair

NEW! Ethics: Michael Bowdoin, Chair

Finance: Greg Long, Chair

Government Affairs: Todd Stevens and Cole Stanton, Co-Chairs

International Chapters: Richie Mittal as Chair

NEW! Marketing: Alice Delia, Chair

Membership and Chapter Relations: Melissa Helmick, Chair

Standards: John Lapotaire, Chair

Nominations: John Lapotaire, Chair

Get involved with any one of our committees today. Committee participation is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of IAQA membership.

IAQA Announces 2018 Board of Directors Election Winners

The Indoor Air Quality Association is pleased to welcome Greg Long, Richie Mittal, Luke von Oldenburg, and Jay Stake to the IAQA Board of Directors. The elected Directors will serve a three year term beginning on July 1, 2018.

Greg Long is currently serving on the IAQA Board of Directors and is the Treasurer. He also serves as the Finance Committee Chairman.  Greg started his career in the indoor air quality industry in 1973 when he started his HVAC cleaning and restoration company. Through the years he added a property restoration company, a remediation company, a contents cleaning company and a carpet cleaning company to the services offered by his firm.

Richie Mittal is the Owner and Managing Director of Overdrive Engineering based in New Delhi, India. Richie launched the IAQA India Chapter which was the first Chapter out of North America in August 2016 and is presently the Chapter Director. He has promoted IAQ in India through lectures and presentations at various platforms in India like ISHRAE (Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers).

Luke von Oldenburg, of Atlanta, Georgia, works for United Consulting as the company’s Senior Industrial Hygienist and Corporate Health and Safety Officer. Under this role he provides the necessary in-house OSHA training, and onsite safety inspections, as well as, performing indoor air quality (IAQ) assessments for commercial and industrial clients. Luke’s goals include broadening the IAQA footprint by increasing IAQA’s presence in the business community, and by continuing and growing the webinar series.

Jay Stake is currently serving on the IAQA Board of Directors. He also serves as Chair of the Standards Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. Jay is the owner of J & J Consultants which provides IAQ assessments and consultations to local municipalities, public housing, property managers and investors.  He is also President of SSI which provides indoor air quality assessment and consultations to the relocation industry throughout the U.S. and Canada.

IAQA Recognizes Achievements in Building Science, Ventilation, Testing

ATLANTA – Inductees into the Indoor Air Quality Association’s Hall of Fame were recognized at the organization’s recent 21st Annual Meeting held in Chicago, IL.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the science and public recognition of the subject of indoor air quality. IAQA inducted Andrew Ask, Lewis Harriman, Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D. and Jeff May, into the Hall of Fame.

“I am pleased to announce the induction of Andy, Lew, Joe and Jeff to our Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of inductees to 16 members,” John Lapotaire, IAQA president, said. “Their work has furthered the integrity and scientific knowledge of our industry around the world.”

Andrew Ask, B.S. (English). J.D., P.E. is a mechanical consulting engineer who specializes in the retrofit and remediation of HVAC systems in buildings. Early in his career he worked in the Great Lakes region and spent time in construction and installing air conditioning in many types of buildings. He has devoted the past 20 years to solving humidity problems and replacing HVAC components in Southwest Florida buildings. Ask has five decades of experience solving building science problems and helping people live in healthier environments.

Lew Harriman is Director of Research at Mason-Grant Consulting in Portsmouth, NH. He is a 16-year member of IAQA, and has spent 40 years researching and solving complex indoor air quality problems related to humidity and moisture in buildings. Among his recent accomplishments is the national policy document titled “Guidance for Fungus Avoidance in Healthcare Facilities”, developed for and published by the Malaysian Ministry of Health in 2017. Harriman currently serves as the committee chair and lead author for ASHRAE Society Position Document entitled: Limiting Indoor Mold and Dampness in Buildings. Earlier, Harriman was the lead author and project manager for the 500-page ASHRAE Humidity Control Design Guide, which for 20 years has helped professionals and building owners avoid the excessive microbial growth in building and HVAC systems that lead to compromised indoor air quality.

Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., set the first ventilation rates for energy efficient houses when he developed the performance specifications for Canada’s R-2000 program in 1982.  That same year he developed the first spillage and backdraft tests as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning issues arising out of misguided energy conservation measures.  They formed the basis for today’s ASTM and RESNET protocols.  He pioneered the first widespread adoption of controlled ventilation systems by production home builders in the US in the mid 1990’s and coupled them with airtightness targets which then became the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA) performance guidelines.  The airtightness methods he developed became the EPA’s “Thermal Bypass Checklist” that was ultimately adopted by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Jeff May is Principal Scientist of May Indoor Air Investigations in Tyngsborough, MA and has been investigating IAQ problems in homes, schools and office spaces for about 25 years. In that time, he has collected and analyzed through microscopy over 35,000 air and dust samples. May was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Work Environment at University Massachusetts, Lowell, and is the author of four books on IAQ published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, including My House is Killing Me. He is a Certified Microbial Consultant (ACAC), a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (AEE), and is licensed as a mold inspector in NH and in FL. He holds an M.A. in organic chemistry from Harvard University.

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,000 members and some 20 local chapters. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news.

ASHRAE Seeks Additional Comments for Proposed Standard Assessing Moisture Affected Areas, Fungal Contamination of Educational Facilities

ATLANTA – ASHRAE seeks a second round of public comments on BSR/ASHRAE/IAQA Standard 3210P, Standard for the Assessment of Educational Facilities for Moisture Affected Areas and Fungal Contamination. Standard 3210P is open for a 45-day public review until Dec. 25. Those interested in reviewing and commenting on the proposed standard can do so at www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.

A joint ASHRAE-IAQA standard, Standard 3210P is intended to provide a uniform and repeatable procedure, specifically tailored to educational facilities, to identify areas in buildings, materials, equipment and systems that are subject to moisture or are suspected of fungal contamination or adverse conditions associated with fungal contamination.

The proposed standard will provide essential information and guidance to determine if and to what degree facilities that are used for educational purposes are contaminated. This standard does not apply to biological contamination beyond fungal growth.

“Gaining input from the public on new ASHRAE standards is crucial toward improving the safety of education facilities,” says Jay Stake, chair of the Standard 3210P committee. “The goal of SPC 3210P is to guide professionals through the proper assessment to obtain a healthy indoor environment for educational facilities and its occupants.”

According to ASHRAE research, moisture damage and microbial growth cause billions of dollars in repair costs and interruption of building operations. The buildup of moisture indoors can be controlled through the building’s design, construction, and operation and the actions of its occupants.

To make a comment or learn more, please visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.

About ASHRAE
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

About the Indoor Air Quality Association

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,000 members and some 20 local chapters. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news.

IAQA Calls for Papers, Presentations and Workshops for 2018 Annual Meeting

ATLANTA – The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) announced today the call for papers, presentations and workshops for its 2018 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Chicago, Ill. at the Hilton Chicago from Jan. 22-24.

The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2017.

Those interested in presenting a technical session should submit an abstract through the online portal. The abstract should be no more than 120 words in length, including a brief description of the proposed presentation and any references. Presentation times are 60 minutes in length, and must be strictly non-commercial.

Presentations are being sought for the following topics:

  • IAQ assessment strategies
  • Molds and microbial contamination/investigation
  • Research
  • Interpretation of laboratory analytical results
  • Principles of developing a sample strategy
  • Methods and best practices for IAQ contractors
  • Building sciences
  • Interaction with other professionals on multidisciplinary teams
  • Emerging science
  • HVAC and ventilation
  • Bacteria and biological issues
  • IAQ 101
  • International Issues in IAQ
  • Business Management
  • Marijuana

IAQA is also seeking abstract submittals for pre-conference training workshops. Workshops are typically four or eight hours in length and provide advanced training on topics relevant to indoor air quality, including HVAC and building science. Proposals will be considered for basic and advanced workshops; however, advanced workshops are preferred. Proposals should include a statement of need, specific learning objectives and an outline of the subject material.

For more information or questions on submission guidelines, contact Jennifer Baker at jbaker@iaqa.org.

About the IAQA Annual Meeting

The IAQA Annual Meeting is held for indoor air quality practitioners to attend educational sessions, network with professionals, earn educational credits and visit the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo). The 2018 AHR Expo will take place from Jan. 22-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

For more information on the 2018 IAQA Annual Meeting, please visit www.iaqa.org/annual-meeting.

About IAQA
The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,000 members and some 20 local chapters. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news.

Changes to IAQA Board of Directors Announced

ATLANTA – A new Director and a member of the Executive Committee were appointed to the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Board of Directors during the organization’s recent 20th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

Michael Bowdoin, a current Board member, was appointed a Vice President on the Executive Committee. He is an attorney from Kingwood, Texas. In addition, Sam Bergman was appointed as a Director. He is Chief Executive Officer, Rolyn Companies, Rockville, Md.

Bowdoin fills the position held by longtime Board member Eva King, Ph.D. King is stepping down after four years Board service, including roles as First Vice President and Vice President on the Executive Committee. During her time on the IAQA Board of Directors, King has made significant contributions to the organization. She led the Management Search committee, served on the IAQA/ASHRAE Transition Team, and chaired the Convention Committee for the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 IAQA Annual Meetings.

“Eva was an integral part of the IAQA/ASHRAE transition team, and has organized the Annual Meeting, including the technical program, for the last four years,” John Lapotaire, IAQA President, said. “We wish her well in future endeavors.”

IAQA also announced that the IAQA Convention Committee now will be chaired by Alice Delia, Ph.D., Laboratory Director, Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc., Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and Don Weekes, President  InAIR Environmental, Ottaway, Ontario. Weekes also is a Past President of IAQA.

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,000 members and some 20 local chapters. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news.

IAQA Recognizes Achievements in Accreditation, Asbestos Research, Government Advocacy

ATLANTA – Recipients of the Indoor Air Quality Association’s Hall of Fame and Advocate of the Year Awards were recognized at the organization’s recent 20th Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the science and public recognition of the subject of indoor air quality. IAQA inducted Charlie Wiles and Peter Frasca, Ph.D., into the Hall of Fame.

“I am pleased to announce the induction of Charlie and Peter to our Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of inductees to 12 members,” John Lapotaire, IAQA president, said. “Their work has furthered the integrity and scientific knowledge of our industry around the world.”

Wiles is the founder and executive director of the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC), Yarnell, Arizona. Since its creation in 1992, ACAC has awarded more than 10,000 credentials to IAQ industry professionals. Wiles is past president of the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Board and the Arizona Association of Energy Engineers. As a degreed engineer with more than 45 years’ experience specific to the indoor air quality industry, he has taught certification courses attended by more than 4,000 individuals.

Frasca is president and founder of EMSL Analytical Inc., Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Frasca came into the asbestos testing industry from a research background with 28 refereed publications in “human calcified tissues” during his role as Research Associate Professor and Director of Orthopaedic Research at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.  He is pioneer in the development and introduction into the industry of several asbestos testing methods for bulk and air samples (2 refereed publications) superior in accuracy to light microscopy methods by employing Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).  Frasca is known for his laboratory experimentation in 1983 of TEM air sample analysis with turnaround time of 24 hours and less (3 hours), replacing the old standard of a 2 week turnaround; thus making feasible the time sensitive clearance of asbestos abated buildings.  This rapid TEM turnaround is now industry standard.

In addition, IAQA Vice President Cole Stanton was honored as IAQA’s first Advocate of the Year. The newly created Advocate of the Year Award recognizes public servants or policymakers who have championed development of law, policy and/or protocols in the area of indoor air quality.

“In 2014, Cole worked to reorganize the Government Affairs Committee,” John Lapotaire, IAQA president, said. “He created a hard-working committee from the ground up, solicited members and monitored legislation and administrative regulation across the United States. His efforts have gained the attention of policymakers in a number of states, particularly with regard to asbestos, mold, licensure issues and public safety. Cole has worked tirelessly to ensure that IAQA is a known entity in shaping and influencing policy regarding indoor air quality.”

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,000 members and some 20 local chapters. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news.

IAQA Rebrands with New Logo, Tagline, and Website

ATLANTA – In recognition of its role as an organization that connects all parts of the industry, encouraging collaboration and growth, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) has announced a rebranding.

Launched today, the rebranding features a new logo, which includes a primary logo and a secondary mark with the full association name, as well as a new tagline, “Clearing the Air on Indoor Air Quality” and website.

 “This rebranding better illustrates our great Association’s role as an experienced teacher, growth facilitator, connected advisor, and a trusted interpreter,” John Lapotaire, IAQA president, said.

Lapotaire noted that the change comes as the association makes strides forward.  The Board of Directors recently finalized a Strategic Plan, with a focus on growth – adding more members and become more robust with greater influence on IAQ issues. IAQA also is working toward an expanded chapter structure, which will help fuel Society level activities.  IAQA recently established chapters in India, Australia, Singapore, Vancouver, and Shanghai.

“We continue to see the benefits of our affiliation with ASHRAE, discovering more opportunities for collaboration,” he said. “Examples our position on the ASHRAE Research Administration Committee and increased joint activity between IAQA and ASHRAE chapters.”

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,000 members and some 20 local chapters. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news.

Indoor Air Quality Association Charters First Chapter Outside North America

ATLANTA – The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is expanding its global outreach, recently chartering a Chapter in India. The new Chapter underscores the importance of improving indoor air quality in the country.

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“Although outdoor air quality has been an area of concern for a long time in India, indoor air quality has become a topic of concern only recently, with the rise in pollution levels,” Richie Mittal, India Chapter Director, said. “People are gradually becoming aware of the health implications of the latter and the need to tackle this hazard. It was imperative to form this chapter.”

Former IAQA President Don Weekes and Executive Director Stephanie Sears traveled to India for the inauguration ceremony and installation of officers. Stephanie Sears spoke on IAQA, member benefits, and the Association’s vision for the chapter. Weekes installed the officers, who are Richie Mittal, Chapter Director; Viswanath Krishnan, Vice Chapter Director; Barun Agarwal, Treasurer; Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Secretary; and Ashu Gupta, Memberships Promotion Committee Chair.

“The event generated a lot of buzz online and interest in IAQA’s presence and activities in India – which is a perfect foundation for a new chapter,” Sears said. “Additionally, Don and I were able to spend time with the chapter founders and officers, establish relationships with them, communicate IAQA’s vision, mission and values, and speak to the responsibility of running a new chapter. These conversations, personal connections and relationships are essential to ensuring success of all IAQA chapters, and especially important for new chapters in areas of the world where IAQA has no prior experience.”

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Mittal said the Indian industry was very interested in the chapter and working to improve indoor air quality.

“We met with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Central Pollution Control Board and the Centre of Science and Environment to apprise them about indoor air quality and its significance for reducing the morbidity and mortality cause by the rise in indoor pollution,” he said. “They are very eager to connect with IAQA.”

He noted the chapter initiatives include developing guidelines for the parameters of good indoor air quality and identification of an effective home air purifier.

While in India, Weekes and Sears also attended the Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ISHRAE) 14th Annual TechFest, sponsored by ISHRAE and ASHRAE’s Goa Chapter. The event featured a full day of product presentations, networking and technical presentations, including Weekes’ presentation on IAQ in the Hospitality Sector. Following the event, IAQA signed a memorandum of understanding with ISHRAE, committing the two groups to the sharing of knowledge.

IAQA recently adopted a Developing Economies dues program, which offers a reduced $99 individual membership for those in India. Alternatively, companies in India can take advantage of the corporate rate for $375, which qualifies all company employees for the member rate on education products and the Annual Meeting. More details on the program can be found online at www.iaqa.org/membership/developing-economies.

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with and chapters worldwide. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news.

Indoor Air Quality Association Offers Flooding Resources

ATLANTA – As you cover the story of the flooding and its aftermath, please note the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) has resources available to mitigate the damage from storms and flooding. IAQA is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association.

Interviews with IAQA can be arranged upon request.

“Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster, such as the flooding in the Baton Rouge area, is very emotional,” John Lapotaire, president of IAQA, said. “Occupants and owners face pressure to quickly find solutions to allow them to resume their normal lives. However, quick and easy solutions to flood damage can cause serious future challenges. These issues need to be addressed by experts with specialized knowledge of water damage restoration and mold remediation.”

Lapotaire notes that issues can include:

  • Health problems caused by improper removal of bacteria, viruses and mold
  • Collapse of buildings not properly dried
  • Fire risk to electrical systems not correctly restored

“IAQA strongly encourages residents and building owners who have been
impacted by the flood to work with a certified indoor air quality professional with specialized knowledge of water damage restoration and mold remediation,” he said.

A complete list of IAQA resources can be found at www.iaqa.org/storm-damage-resources.

To help homeowners and others, IAQA offers its free Find a Pro tool. This web-based tool allows consumers who are interested in finding an IAQ professional to search for IAQA members in their area and can be found at http://ewebiaqa.ashrae.org/eweb/iaqaeweb/findapro/pro.

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with and chapters worldwide. More information is available atwww.iaqa.org/news.

Editors Note: The following news release was sent to media who are covering the flooding in Louisiana.