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STANDARDS

 

IAQA has teamed with ASHRAE to develop its suite of standadrs. ASHRAE’s ANSI-approved process will be followed. As the move into the new process continues, the development standards will be placed on hold.

Click to view published standards, proposed standards, and proposed standards on hold.

If you are interested in proposing a standard, please contact us at standards.section@ashrae.org.

 


PUBLISHED STANDARDS

IAQA-RIA 6001/Evaluation of HVAC/Mechanical System Surfaces to Determine the Impact from Fire Related Particulate

ANSI/Pin Date: March 2009 | Published

Mechanical system components and associated air duct systems have the potential to collect particulate, contaminants, smoke, moisture, and gaseous emissions. Collections of these contaminants may create unsafe environmental conditions potentially affecting the performance and/or hygiene of the mechanical systems’ internal surfaces from fire and smoke residue. For these reasons, hygienic restoration of mechanical systems should be considered as part of the overall building restoration plan.

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PROPOSED STANDARDS

IAQA/ASHRAE 2210P/Initial Residential Mold Assessment Standard

ANSI/Pin Date: October 29, 2007 | Status: In Development

This published standard is to provide residential structure investigation procedures to identify observable mold and conditions associated with potential mold amplification including moisture intrusion. The initial investigative process includes, but is not limited to, information gathering, collection of relevant historical events and walk through observations. There are four potential outcomes: Neither mold nor associated conditions were readily observable. Mold was not readily observable but associated conditions were. Mold was readily observed but no associated conditions were. Readily observed mold and conditions. Outcomes 2, 3 or 4 may warrant additional investigation by a qualified professional.

 

IAQA/ASHRAE 3210P/Standard Guide for the Inspection of an Educational Facility for Moisture Intrusion and Mold Growth

ANSI/Pin Date: October 29, 2007

The purpose is to provide standardized procedures to be used for the investigation of educational structures for readily observable mold or conditions associated with mold amplification. The initial investigative process includes, but is not limited to, initial information gathering, documentation of relevant historical events and observations from an on-site walk-through. There are four potential outcomes: Neither mold nor associated conditions were readily observable. Mold was not readily observable but associated conditions were. Mold was readily observed but no associated conditions were. Readily observed mold and conditions. Outcomes 2, 3 or 4 may warrant additional investigation by a qualified professional.

 

IAQA/ASHRAE/RIA 6000P/Standards for Fire Damage Restoration

ANSI/Pin Date: May 2009

The standard will be produced by a committee of representatives of the IAQA SDC, the Restoration Industry Association, and other stakeholders as appropriate. The standard will be adopted and specified within the fire restoration industry, the insurance industry, and related parties. The standard will provide a basis to determine how to perform restoration services of properties and contents, and how to determine services have been successful. The standard will address safety and environmental issues related to fire restoration and the re-occupancy of properties.

 



PROPOSED STANDARDS ON HOLD

IAQA/ASHRAE 4210P/Standard Guide For The Evaluation and Sampling of Arsenic on Surfaces of Pressure Treated Structures

ANSI/Pin Date: October 29, 2007

To provide standardized procedures for investigation, sampling and evaluation of arsenic and/or arsenic compounds on surfaces constructed of pressure treated lumber. The purpose of the investigation is to identify materials are structures that are suspected of containing arsenic and/or arsenic compounds. Describe a standardized methodology for collection of surface samples. Identify and utilize existing accreditations required of laboratories analyzing samples. Data interpretation and recommendations based on concentrations of arsenic and/or arsenic compounds and also information to be included in the report.

 

IAQA/ASHRAE 4310P/Air Filtration Device Field Testing and Validation Standard

ANSI/Pin Date: May 2009

This standard provides minimum in-field testing requirements for portable high efficiency air filtration devices. These devices include vertical and horizontal PHEAF devices, movable vacuums, hand held vacuums, and other filtered suction devices used for cleaning surfaces for the purposes of removing dust, dirt, mold, asbestos, lead, soot and other undesired particulate and environmental contaminants.

 

IAQA/ASHRAE 4400P/Thermography to Assist the Restoration of Catastrophic Water Damage

ANSI/Pin Date: December 2008

This standard applies to the use of thermal cameras to help locate and to document areas suspected of having elevated moisture content after a catastrophic water damage event. A catastrophic event is an unexpected, unusual or one-time occurrence, and it is one in which the sources of the water and its initial locations or penetration points are well-understood. This standard does not extend to the use of thermal cameras in forensic building investigations such as determining the causes and pathways of chronic water damage problems or determining the causes and pathways of water leaks through the exterior enclosures of buildings. A chronic water damage problem is one which occurs repeatedly and intermittently over an extended period of time rather than as a one-time, unexpected, catastrophic event.

 

IAQA/ASHRAE 4500P/Device and Procedure for Collection of Dust Samples in Homes and Public Facilities for Allergen Exposure Assessment

ANSI/Pin Date: December 2008

Exposure to indoor allergens is a major risk factor for the development of asthma. The new Heart, Lung and Blood Institute National Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3, http://www.nhlbi.nih.goc/guidelines/asthma) recommend environmental control of allergy and asthma triggers based on home assessments. Collection of dust samples for analysis by a qualified laboratory is a key component of exposure assessment.

 

IAQA/ASHRAE 4600P/Guide to the Measurement of Non-ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) in Low-Rise Residential Buildings

ANSI/Pin Date: December 2008

This standard provides a review of the nature of biological effects from non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation in low-rise residential buildings, how it can be measured and evaluated, and the significance and limitations of the measured values are covered. Measurements selected from those that are outlined may be appropriate during new construction, remodeling, or surveys of existing construction.

 

IAQA/ASHRAE 4700P/Method for Field-testing the Momentary Dehumidification Performance of a Portable Dehumidifier

ANSI/Pin Date: December 2008

This standard applies to the field-testing of the dehumidification performance of portable desiccant and cooling-based dehumidifiers during building drying operations. The purpose of testing under this standard is to establish that the equipment is delivering the expected air flow rate and removing the amount of humidity that its manufacturer intended, given the entering air temperature and its humidity ratio during the test. Variables tested under this standard include the dry air flow rate leaving the equipment, as well as the dry bulb temperature and humidity ratio of that air stream as it enters and leaves the equipment. Tolerances of these measurements are limited by the typical operating range of instruments and procedures which are suitable for field use in a rugged environment. Reliable conclusions from testing using this standard include assessment of the momentary humidity removal rate compared to manufacturers’ expectations for operation at the specific inlet air conditions during the test; conditions which will be changing. This standard does not apply to the high-precision instruments and procedures used to test and to rate such equipment at steady-state conditions in a laboratory environment. This standard also excludes the field measurement of the equipment’s electrical consumption and its fuel burn rate, if any. It also excludes measurement of the external static pressure of the dry air stream as it leaves the dehumidifier.