SOURCE: Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)

October 14, 2005 12:06 ET

IAQ Organizations Approve Consolidation Proposal

Unanimous Membership Votes a Highlight of Conference Attended by 1,250

ROCKVILLE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 14, 2005 -- A proposal to consolidate the programs and activities of three independent, non-profit organizations received unanimous support at a joint conference held by the American Indoor Air Quality Council (AmIAQ), Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), and Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO).

The unification of the associations' activities was approved unanimously at separate membership meetings held Oct. 8 by IAQA and IESO. Several hundred members took part in the historic votes.

With AmIAQ, whose leadership had already approved the proposal, the organizations held their first-ever joint conference Oct. 6-9 in Orlando, Florida.

Following the meeting, conference organizers said they were staggered by the unanimous votes in favor of the consolidation, which was first announced only four months ago.

"I always thought there would be a lot of support for the consolidation plan, but I never thought it would be welcomed so undisputedly," said Glenn Fellman, who currently serves as executive director for both IAQA and IESO.

"Getting hundreds of people in one room to agree on anything is no small feat," said IAQA President Bob Baker. "But that's exactly what we did."

When the unification takes full effect Jan. 1, the three organizations will maintain their unique identities and continue to exist as separate non-profit corporations. However, programs and activities of the three groups will be streamlined to avoid duplication of effort and to eliminate perceived conflict of interest in their activities.

During a presentation to the memberships of all three organizations, attendees of the conference in Orlando witnessed an impressive visual demonstration of how the three organizations would unify under the proposal. Their logos joined on one common puzzle piece, with the grooved edges of that piece symbolizing that the unification and consolidation would not simply end with those three organizations.

"Excitement over the consolidation has extended beyond the three organizations directly involved," Baker said. "A number of other organizations have asked about how they can become involved with one or more of the realigned organizations or strengthen presently existing ties."

Under the member-approved unification, membership will be handled by IAQA, with AmIAQ and IESO transferring their memberships to IAQA. When the consolidation takes effect on Jan. 1, 2006, IAQA will emerge 5,500 members strong with more than 30 local chapters. The chapter program was developed by AmIAQ and is also being transferred to IAQA.

Managing certification programs will be the sole responsibility of AmIAQ. AmIAQ will be administering the certification programs for Certified Indoor Environmentalists and Certified Mold Remediators created by IAQA, and AmIAQ will also take over administration of IESO's Certified Residential Mold Inspector program. AmIAQ announced in Orlando that it has applied for accreditation as a certifying body by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB).

IESO will be a standard-setting organization focused squarely on the task of establishing new standards for IAQ professionals. The IESO board of directors announced last week that it will seek ANSI accreditation and follow ANSI requirements in its standards-setting work.

The Orlando conference was attended by more than 1,250 people, making it the largest IAQ conference and exposition ever held. Conference organizers announced that next year's meeting will take place October 4-8, 2006, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization, dedicated to promoting the exchange of indoor environmental information, through education and research, for the safety and well being of the general public.

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