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IAQA 18th Annual Meeting & Indoor Environment and Energy Expo (IE3) The views and opinions herein are those of the volunteer authors and may not reflect the views and opinions of IAQA. The information is offered in good faith and believed to be reliable but it is provided without warranty, expressed or implied, as to the merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or any other matter. Impact of Maintenance on IAQ Commercial Buildings Compared to Residences IAQA 18 th Annual Meeting By Bob Baker- bbaker@bbjconsultingservice.com Background During the 2013-14 ASHRAE Society year, a Presidential ADHOC Committee studied the role of the society relative to Residential Buildings. Their work resulted in the addition of Initiative 5 (ASHRAE's Role in the Residential Sector) to the Strategic Plan Starting in 2014 (ASHRAE's year runs from July 1 to June 30). The language of that Initiative is very clear in the description of the Initiative: "The residential building sector represents a significant portion of the built environment, and ASHRAE has a role to play in the continued success of residential buildings. ASHRAE willcreate partnerships and collaboration with key organizations in the residential sector. ASHRAEwill work with its new partners to develop technology, perform research, and educate owners,builders, and designers to improve the residential built environment." i The scope becomes even clearerwhen one studies the language contained in the companion "Tool Kit" ii : Despite the large impact the residential sector has on the built environment, ASHRAE has had only minor role in that sector to date. Most of ASHRAE's current membership is focused on commercial construction but the BOD has realized that ASHRAE still has a role to play in the residential sector, more likely through collaboration with other groups focused on the residential sector. During 2013–14, a presidential ad hoc committee studied ASHRAE's role in the residential sector. The proposals in their report are expected to generate more initiatives to support this important goal. Objectives Affected • Develop programming and promotions that enable ASHRAE chapters to educate a wider rangeof audiences. • Expand educational topics and enhance delivery methods to address the needs of priority audiences includingemployers, owners and operators. • Foster collaborations throughout the building industry to augment the positive impact of ASHRAE'sofferings on building performance. • Work to translate science and technology into practical tools and resources that drive effective buildingdesign, operation, and management. Possible Programs and Resource Allocation

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