The American Institute of Architects and U.S. Green Building Council are among five organizations partnering with the EPA to develop “improved indoor air quality” standards for builders and designers. The effort, which includes an educational course and guidebook, is designed to “assist building professionals in implementing high-performance designs and IAQ performance in a broad range of buildings.” The project is expected to be completed in mid-2009.

According to Andrew Persily, chair of the steering committee overseeing the project, the partnership is aimed at encouraging the A+D community to create buildings that exceed IAQ standards. “The book and course will give guidance to designers and builders, so that buildings may be constructed, operated and maintained to improve IAQ without constraining the building function or the comfort and productivity of the occupants,” he said.

Flooring adhesives together with cleaning agents and sealers with little or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are among the materials that contribute to better indoor air quality. Representatives from other segments of the construction industry are also participating in the project, including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; the Building Owners and Managers Association; and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association.