02-08-2016 | United States of America

ATLANTA – The keynote speakers for the IAQ 2016 Defining Indoor Air Quality: Policy, Standards and Best Practices Conference have been announced. The conference, co-organised by ASHRAE and AIVC, takes place Sept. 12-14, 2016, in Alexandria, Va., at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria.

The conference seeks to facilitate understanding of current indoor air quality policies, standards and best practices.  Themes include regulatory vs. voluntary compliance for achieving IAQ, the role of IAQ in sustainable building programmes and the relationship between IAQ and IEQ. The technical programme includes internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, conference papers and steering committee-organised sessions comprised of industry leaders in various aspects of indoor air quality.

The keynote speakers are:

  • Chris Pyke, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Howard Wolf, HW3 Group (IICRC)
  • Pawel Wargocki, Technical University of Denmark
  • David Jacobs, National Center for Healthy Housing
  • David Rowson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Thirteen paper sessions with 60 papers are included, covering IAQ metrics, ventilation and IAQ measurement methods, residential IAQ, natural ventilation, infiltration, approaches and tools for achieving better IAQ and others.

The technical programme’s strength is in the steering committee’s influential industry ties to organise 13 sessions on current IAQ practices, standards and best practices with speakers who are leaders in the industry.  These sessions include:

  • Where Are We Going with IAQ Metrics?
  • Future of IAQ Sensors and Controls
  • Demand-controlled Ventilation
  • The Policymaker’s Perspective
  • IEA EBC Annex 68 Project: IAQ Design and Control in Low Energy Residential Buildings
  • Evolution and State of the Art of the Residential Ventilation Standard for North America (ASHRAE 62.2)
  • Continuous Assessment of IEQ


The session “IAQ Standards Around the World: Where We Are and Where We Want To Be” discusses the current status of IAQ standards and guidelines throughout the world and how they might change in the future, particularly given the current focus on net, or near, zero energy and high performance buildings.

Also, “Practical Strategies for Achieving IAQ in High Performance Buildings” discusses performance measurements to assess the achievement of IAQ in high performance buildings and materials specifications programmes to guide improved IAQ by better materials selection to reduce contaminant sources.

In all, some 130 presentations will take place during the two-and-a-half day conference.

The Indoor Air Quality Association and the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance are partnering organisations.


ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.


AIVC (Air infiltration and Ventilation Centre) is the IEA information centre on energy efficient ventilation.  In recognition of the significant impact of ventilation on energy use, combined with concerns over indoor air quality, the International Energy Agency (IEA) inaugurated the AIVC in 1979. The AIVC offers industry and research organisations technical support aimed at optimising ventilation technology. The AIVC offers a range of services and facilities, including comprehensive database on literature standards, and ventilation data.