ASHRAE IAQ 2016: Keynote Speakers, Technical Program Preview and Early Bird Registration

ATLANTA, Ga. – The keynote speakers for the IAQ 2016 Defining Indoor Air Quality: Policy, Standards and Best Practices Conference have been announced. The conference, co-organized by ASHRAE and AIVC, takes place Sept. 12-14.

The Early Bird Registration rates of $550 for ASHRAE members and $600 for non-members, are available through Aug. 18. For more information and to register, visit

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 programs and the relationship between IAQ and IEQ. The technical program includes internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, conference papers and steering committee-organized 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 program’s strength is in the steering committee’s influential industry ties to organize 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 programs 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.