Allied Industry Partners Announce Renewal of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
The Indoor Air Quality Association commits to renewed partnership agreement with six other industry organizations — the only of its kind for the industry.
July 2023 – The Indoor Air Quality Association, along with six other like-minded non-profit organizations, agreed to renew the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during a recent meeting of leaders from the respective organizations.
The purpose of the MoU is to identify and recognize current standards and credentials developed and administered by the Allied Industry Partner organizations and related industry organizations.
“This partnership was explored for several years, beginning with a small group in 2015 at an IAQA conference. It evolved and established roots in 2020, just prior to the pandemic when the original MoU was signed by the respective organizations. This collective exists to strengthen our industry and to advocate and represent our members to the best of our ability. Many voices are stronger than one.,” said Lisa Rogers, IAQA President. “Understanding the importance of promoting high-level expertise through advocacy, education, certification and adherence to standards is what drives the Allied Industry Partners’ efforts.”
Organizations comprising the Allied Industry Partners group are the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA), the Environmental Information Association (EIA), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), and the Basement Health Association (BHA).
As part of the renewed MoU, all those involved have agreed to cooperate and coordinate at a level that ensures maximum efficiency, utilizes available resources, and is consistent with the principles of all. The Allied Industry Partners will maintain close liaison at the senior level by the most effective means available to ensure that each organization is aware of the applicable functions and activities of the other. They will encourage their members to work cooperatively on the mutual review and revision of industry standards, and authorized representatives from each organization will meet in-person, annually, to evaluate progress in the implementation of the MoU and revise and develop new plans as needed. The partners will also serve as a unified voice on regulation and legislative issues, where appropriate.
Established in 1995, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of consumers and the greater public. IAQA provides the best education for all parts of the IAQ industry, translating science and standards into practice, properly informing consumers, and bringing critical feedback to industry leaders. IAQA’s mission is to lead the IAQ industry in education and professional development and be an informed resource for the public concerning indoor air quality. The IAQA’s vision is to elevate the relevance and credibility of all Indoor Air Quality Association members as professionals in the eyes of the consumer and the industry while advancing Indoor Air Quality Worldwide. Comprised of approximately 2000 individuals and companies, IAQA’s membership includes contractors, consultants, facility maintenance professionals, researchers, industry vendors, school officials, and state and federal government agency representatives. To learn more, visit IAQA.org.
In a post-pandemic world, the need for mutual recognition and specificity with regard to indoor air quality can’t be overstated. Each organization’s members play key roles in keeping building occupants safe and ensuring that the building envelope is top of mind for homeowners, facility managers in commercial and healthcare settings, insurance companies, and bid specifiers. “The combined experience and expertise of all those involved is unmatched and the Allied Industry Partners are going to leverage that collaboration in support of each other and the broader IAQ industry.”