IAQA Annual Meeting & Indoor Air Expo

January 30, 2011

It’s not too late to register for the IAQA 14th Annual Meeting & Indoor Air Expo, taking place in San Antonio, Texas from February 15-17. Click the convention banner at the bottom of this email to get travel information, registration forms and other essential information. See you in Texas!

Access the full technical program HERE.

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com


Investigate Your Indoor Air Quality

January 30, 2011

You worry about smog and outdoor air pollutants, but do you give indoor air quality a second thought? Click to read more.

In the air we breathe outdoors, we know that smog and other pollutants are a big cause for concern. But don’t assume that the air quality inside your home is perfectly safe. A number of chemicals found in the home can pollute the air, making indoor air quality testing essential for a healthy home.

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com


WORLD HEALTH CONFERENCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDOOR AIR QUALITY GUIDELINES

January 30, 2011

World Health Organization

Indoor air pollution was estimated to cause nearly two million deaths in 2004, including half of pneumonia deaths among children under five.

Experts from nearly 20 research institutions and universities globally will meet to define the scope and boundaries of the planned, new WHO indoor air quality guidelines for household fuel combustion. The new guidelines aim to define unsafe levels of indoor air pollution relevant to biomass and coal stoves commonly used in poor households of developing countries.

They will complement the existing WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: selected pollutants, issued in 2010 and covering certain chemicals that may accumulate indoors from unsafe heating systems and poor construction – including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene and radon.

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com


IN 2013, RESNET TO JOIN ACCA, IAQA, RPA AT EXPO

January 30, 2011

Expanded Marketplace to Showcase Total Building Solutions for HVACR Contractors, IAQ Professionals, Energy Service Providers

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), and the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) will hold their combined 2011 Indoor Air Expo in San Antonio, Texas from February 15-17.

But work has already begun on future events, and this week the three associations announced that, in 2013, they will be joined by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) as the fourth co-sponsor of a joint expo for the indoor environmental and energy services industry.

“RESNET is excited about co-locating our national RESNET Building Performance Conference with ACCA, IAQA, and RPA in 2013,” say Steve Baden, executive director of RESNET. “The co-located conferences and trade show creates a strategic partnership and gives ACCA, IAQA, RPA, and RESNET members the platform to create partnerships at the local level.”

RESNET is a not-for-profit membership corporation and national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating systems. RESNET’s mission is to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s housing stock and to qualify more families for home ownership, by expanding the national availability of mortgage financing options and home energy ratings.

“This is another step in creating the most comprehensive marketplace experience in the home and building services industry,” says Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president & CEO. “We are glad to have partners like IAQA, RPA, and now RESNET, who realize that coming together offers terrific learning and sharing opportunities for HVACR contractors, IAQ professionals, radiant professionals, and energy raters – indeed, for everyone who provides homeowners and building managers with comfort, health, and energy efficiency.”

“RESNET is a natural fit for the expo, and a great new partner for ACCA, IAQA, and RPA,” adds Glenn Fellman, executive director of IAQA. “Our members are often involved in energy audits and associated green building and home initiatives. Bringing all of our members together to share knowledge and experiences is a win-win for everyone.”

According to Ted Lowe, RPA Executive Director, “RPA looks forward to RESNET joining our collective EXPO as a natural extension of the HVAC worlds’ dedication to improving the living environment through energy efficiency. The logical integration of their standards with our contractors and systems can only lead to better options for North American buildings and their occupants.”

The 2012 expo, sponsored by ACCA, IAQA and RPA, will be held March 5-7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. RESNET will join the partnership in 2013.

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com


IESO Rescinds Section of Standard

January 30, 2011

IAQA E-News

The Board of Directors of the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) voted to rescind Section 2 of IESO’s Standard of Practice for the Assessment of Indoor Environment Quality, 2nd Edition, 2003. Acting within its proper authority, the IESO rescinded Sections 2210 and 2110 since they were not originally developed following ANSI Essential Requirements.

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com


The EPA Cracks Down

January 30, 2011

From Wonder Makers Environmental

The EPA has begun enforcement of the new Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) regulation. For a window replacement company in the Midwest, this new regulation came at a hefty cost. The company was fined $70,000 for failing to hand out Renovate Right brochures to its homeowner customers ($35,000 for non-compliance; $35,000 for willful violation).

Another window contractor in Michigan was cited with a $784,380 fine for failing to warn the tenants of 271 residential units of possible lead exposure during construction activities. Business owners are responsible for the requirements of all regulatory agencies that have rules concerning the work they do.

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com


Hotel Deadline for RIA Convention Approaching

January 30, 2011

Restoration Industry Association

The deadline for making your reservations at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for RIA’s Leadership Summit and Industry Expo is Monday, February 7th. With the cost to attend the event is the lowest it’s been in 10 years, rooms will be going fast, so make sure to book ASAP. The early registration price is $400 for the first attendee and $300 for each additional one, and includes 2 full breakfasts and lunches, education sessions, exhibition hall access and two evening receptions. Register for the convention here before the February 21st early-bird deadline.

This is a great place to pick up several continuing education credits, particularly for those who hold RIA Certifications and need to attend one RIA event within their 3-year cycle.

This will be RIA’s only convention-style event this year, since there will not be a traditional “Fall Conference” as done in the past. There will be a two-day Striclty Contents Conference in Chicago on September 15-16. More details to come…

•John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
•Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
•Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com


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