ASHRAE, the global-reaching American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, has announced that an agreement has been reached with the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) for IAQA to transition to its own association management firm.
IAQA became an affiliate of ASHRAE in 2015. In that relationship, IAQA’s operations became integrated within ASHRAE’s headquarters operations in Atlanta, Ga.
Going forward, IAQA will take on a more independent management position.
“ASHRAE has progressed strongly as a global society and our focus now turns to positioning each organization for long-term growth and leadership,” says 2018-19 ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter in a media release. “The best way to accelerate that transformation is by separating our associations to uniquely position both ASHRAE and IAQA to lead their markets, while focusing strongly on the needs of our members.”
During its affiliation, IAQA operated independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure, maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. Both associations viewed the initial partnership as an asset for the growth and development of each organization’s distinct membership base.
“This change comes as a necessity to ensure the growth, expansion and financial stability of our membership and association,” says IAQA President Jay M. Stake in the release. “IAQA will now be managed by AH, an association management company with offices in Mount Laurel, N.J. and suburban Washington, D.C.
IAQA will continue to offer corporate and individual memberships, education, conference and resources to indoor air quality professionals. ASHRAE will continue its leadership of IAQ sciences and technologies. A task force has been established to examine the best path forward for both organizations.