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Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Encouraged Through Free Download of IAQ Guide.


To promote good indoor air quality (IAQ) in buildings, ASHRAE is making available for free a guide for achieving enhanced IAQ.

The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning provides strategies to achieve good IAQ using proven technologies and without significantly increasing costs.

First published in 2009, the guide is the result of collaboration between ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects, the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association and the U.S. Green Building Council with funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The guide can be downloaded for free at

The free download is being offered in support of the presidential theme of 2013-14 ASHRAE President William P. “Bill” Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASME Fellow. His theme, “Shaping the Next,” focuses, in part, on making buildings safe, healthy, productive, comfortable environments in harmony with nature.

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“As we move forward in shaping the next generation of buildings and systems, good indoor air quality must be a central focus of our efforts,” Bahnfleth said. “The health and comfort of buildings occupants is too important to leave IAQ as an after-thought in design, construction and operation. By making this publication available to the industry, we are providing guidance to help ensure the use of best practices for good IAQ, allowing all of us to enjoy the benefits of a better indoor environment cost-effectively.”

The book describes 40 strategies for achieving critical IAQ objectives related to moisture management, ventilation, filtration and air cleaning and source control. It also highlights how design and construction teams can work together to ensure good IAQ strategies are incorporated from initial design through project completion.

The book also contains:

Hundreds of internal and external links to resources for the design, construction, and commissioning of buildings with excellent indoor air quality
Access to an incredible variety of in-depth information by topic to help you design, construct and operate buildings using best practices for indoor air quality
Best practices for all aspects of IAQ building design, commissioning and construction, including designing for maintainability
Tools and material for demonstrating the value of IAQ to clients

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.




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