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The Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings (CCIAQB) was created  following consultations and discussions by a working group. Members were selected in accordance with a matrix designed to maintain the balance between building owners,suppliers of products and services, health professionals and consumer interests. In as much as possible, members are also selected to maintain the widest possible geographic distribution across the country.  With the exception of employees of departments and agencies of the Government of Canada, members of the Committee are chosen for their individual interests and abilities rather than as delegates of any particular organization. The Committee is independent, but is supported by the Government of Canada’s Clean Air Regulatory Agenda. Administrative support is provided by the National Research Council of Canada.  The National Research Council and Health Canada provide technical assistance.

The Committee’s mission statement and mandate are as follows:

The goal of the Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings is to improve indoor air quality in buildings and, ultimately, the health of occupants, by providing a national forum and clearinghouse for ‘best-of-knowledge’ information on the design and operations of buildings as they affect indoor air quality.

Its mandate is to:

  • solicit and review relevant information;
  • identify gaps and issues;
  • provide discussion forum;
  • recommend studies;
  • develop “best-of-knowledge” positions and best practices;
  • disseminate knowledge;
  • promote adoption of uniform requirements, best practices and guidelines for the design and operation of buildings; and
  • provide guidance for evaluation of solutions and technologies.

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Although the Committee is interested in all buildings and people that may be affected by indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, its initial focus is to develop concise, helpful and user-friendly technical guides for managers and operators of buildings where Canadians spend time outside their home, working, learning, shopping, being entertained, etc. For the most part, these buildings have relatively complex heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems that are operated and managed by knowledgeable persons. [For a list of occupancies covered under the National Building Code of Canada, click here]. This first series of documents will be the foundation for guides and educational materials covering other types of buildings.

As a first step in fulfilling its mandate, the CCIAQB determined that it was imperative to gain an appreciation of the level of knowledge of indoor air issues and improvement strategies currently held by building professionals. The Committee therefore commissioned a survey that would at once establish a baseline measure of knowledge as well as identify gaps in information. To learn more about the survey, click here.

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