ASHRAE has reached an agreement with the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) for IAQA to transition to an association management firm.

IAQA became an affiliate of ASHRAE in 2015. In that relationship, IAQA’s operational base became integrated within ASHRAE’s headquarters in Atlanta. With this change, IAQA will take on a more independent management position. Both organizations say they are committed to continuing collaborative programming that benefits all members involved.

“ASHRAE has progressed strongly as a global society and our focus now turns to positioning each organization for long-term growth and leadership,” said Sheila J. Hayter, 2018-2019 ASHRAE president “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,” said IAQA President Jay M. Stake. “IAQA will now be managed by AH, an association management company with offices in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and suburban Washington, D.C.”

A task force has been established to examine the best path forward for both organizations.