Kindly give a brief on your organization and activities?
The Indoor Air Quality Association or IAQA is an international trade group dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. Established in 1995, the IAQA is the only professional organization that focuses on and connects the many facets of the indoor air quality (IAQ) industry. IAQA’s domestic and international membership is made up of thousands of individuals and companies from various industry verticals including contractors, consultants, facility maintenance professionals, industry vendors, school officials, researchers and representatives government agencies. IAQA provides education for all parts of the IAQ industry, translating science and standards into practice, properly informing consumers, and bringing critical feedback to industry leaders. The membership benefits are too numerous to share in this venue. But, IAQA members enjoy weekly email updates in IAQ related topics, quarterly educational e-newsletters, Chapter educational programs, 50+ IAQA University on-line courses, monthly technical webinars, Annual Meeting packed with presentations and discussion panels, industry product discount programs, opportunities to work cooperatively with partner organizations, on line business referrals and so more.
IAQA’s India Chapter is just over one year old but has a powerful nucleus. The India Chapter of the IAQA and the local members of the association are hard at work achieving the IAQA mission throughout the country and beyond. IAQA India Chapter is jointly working with the relevant authorities and associate societies to promote awareness and solutions to public at large.
What do you feel about your presence in India and how does it help your members?
Broadly speaking, there are numerous positive effects any time you can gather industry professionals from the various air quality related disciplines. The exchange of ideas, the networking connections made and the camaraderie of colleagues are all positive outcomes from this event.
How do you look at India as a marketplace for your offerings and future plans?
The desire to provide quality indoor environments is not specific to any nation. However, India is facing major issues with outdoor and indoor air quality in metro cities and IAQA intends to continue its mission of bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public in every corner of the globe. With the growth of the IAQA Chapter in India, we expect opportunities for our local members to be ever increasing.
India is fastest growing economy your views?
Awareness about air quality is becoming very prominent in India and resulting in big opportunities. And, IAQA wants to be on the scene to ensure a quality indoor environment is considered and delivered for the buildings existing today and for the buildings planned for the future to accommodate India’s growing economy.