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INDOOR AIR QUALITY WORKSHOP EDUCATES BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS TO ACHIEVE INCREASED MARKETABILITY AND BETTER TENANT RELATIONS

 WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Associated Air Balance Council, in conjunction with the National Coalition on Indoor Air Quality, will offer a one-day workshop on the methods of achieving and maintaining a clean, healthy indoor environment. As large buildings have become more energy-efficient, the quality of indoor air has deteriorated, a result that has had a direct impact on owner-tenant relations. To compete in today's tight real estate market, the owner of a "healthy" building will have a distinct edge. Good indoor air quality also reduces the risk of lawsuits resulting from Sick Building Syndrome. The Sheraton Tara in Newton, Mass., is the site of the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Workshop, which will take place on July 14.
 This workshop will focus on the many factors affecting indoor air quality so that building owners, property managers, facilities engineers and others responsible for managing office buildings, schools and hospitals will gain the skills necessary for evaluating their indoor air. This knowledge will enable them to design and implement practical, cost-effective IAQ management programs. With such a program in place, building owners and managers will then be able to respond quickly and effectively to air quality concerns within their facilities.
 The quality of indoor air reflects directly on the ability of the building management community to compete in the marketplace -- good indoor air quality is in demand. Tenants expect the indoor environment to foster productivity by providing comfortable and safe surroundings. Thus, ensuring good indoor air quality becomes an effective marketing tool for building management to attract and retain tenants.
 Workshop Program
 The workshop begins with an introduction to indoor air quality and a description of the three categories of indoor air pollutants -- gases, particulates and biological contaminants. Their sources are then reviewed. Next, applicable standards and guidelines are discussed in the context of differing occupational standards and public health standards. The morning session concludes with an overview of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
 The afternoon session begins with a review of testing equipment that is not only accurate, but inexpensive and easy to operate. Actual equipment is on
hand for demonstration purposes. IAQ evaluation procedures are then explained along with the necessary equipment for preliminary evaluations. The role of other professional disciplines in evaluating and solving IAQ problems is also discussed. Knowing when to call on these professionals and how to select the
right consultant is central to this discussion. Actual case studies are then reviewed, and practical recommendations are provided. Techniques for marketing a healthy building conclude the seminar.
 Workshop Information
 The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an hour for lunch. The cost is $75, which includes a copy of the workshop manual, lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments.
 For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Associated Air Balance Council at 202-638-4833.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Price or Ken Sufka of the Associated Air Balance Council, 202-737-0202/


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