ICS Magazine

AmIAQ, IAQA and IESO Announce Unification and Consolidation Plan

June 28, 2005
June 28 -- The three leading trade organizations serving professionals in the indoor environmental quality industry have announced plans for the consolidation and unification of their programs and activities. The move is a milestone for the industry because it will result in the creation of a powerful, membership organization with more than 5,500 constituents, an independent certification board for IAQ professionals and tradespersons, and a separate standard-setting organization to create long-needed standards for indoor environments.

A proposal jointly written by the presidents and executive directors of AmIAQ, IAQA and IESO to realign the specialized programs and activities of the three organizations received unanimous approval by their respective boards of directors. The American Indoor Air Quality Council (AmIAQ), Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), and Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) are non-profit, 501(c)(6) corporations offering membership, certification and a variety of related benefits to people working in the IAQ market.

AmIAQ, IAQA, and IESO have approximately 2,800, 2,400 and 1,000 members respectively. Recognizing that significant duplication in programs and activities existed, the leaders of the three organizations began meeting late last year to discuss cooperative ventures. "Those meetings led us quickly to the conclusion that we needed to do more than just cooperate, we need to consolidate programs to more effectively serve our industry," said IAQA's president, Robert Baker.

It has been agreed that the three organizations will retain their unique identities but redefine and specialize their scope of activities. AmIAQ will serve as the industry's certification body; IAQA will be a membership association; and IESO will be a standard-setting body.

Now that the Boards of Directors of AmIAQ, IAQA and IESO have approved the proposal, the next step is to gain membership approval. IAQA and IESO have bylaws that will require their members' approval of the proposed unification and consolidation plan. Their members will be asked to vote on the matter at the combined AmIAQ-IAQA-IESO national convention scheduled for October 6-9, 2005 in Orlando. If approved, the associations will assume their redefined roles and responsibilities on January 1, 2006.

IAQA will retain its Rockville, Maryland headquarters office and staff, and AmIAQ will likewise continue to operate from its Phoenix, Arizona office with the same personnel. IESO, which is also currently based in Rockville, Maryland, will retain its location and key staff members as well.

For more information about AmIAQ, IAQA and IESO, visit www.iaqcouncil.org, www.iaqa.org, and www.iestandards.org.