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Enhancing Education at AIA: Our Course on IAQ Earns CE Credits

    Dr. John McKeon wraps up from Washington, D.C.

    To access course on IAQ visit iAIR Academy Short Courses

    As we increasingly spend our time indoors, the importance of the air we breathe has never been more critical. The iAIR Institute, through its Indoor Air Innovation and Research (iAIR) Academy, is leading the way in ensuring our indoor environments support health and wellbeing. We are excited to announce that the iAIR Institute is now an approved educator with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), marking a significant milestone in our mission to enhance indoor air quality (IAQ) education.

    Our AIA-Approved Course: Medical Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality

    We are proud to announce that our course, “Medical Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality,” has been approved for continuing education credits by the AIA. This course qualifies for one learning unit (LU) in health, safety, and welfare (HSW). AIA members, including architects and international associates, are required to complete 18 LUs from registered AIA/CES providers annually, with 12 of these focused on HSW topics.

    Overview and Learning Objectives of Course on IAQ

    The “Medical Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality” course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of how building environments can impact human health. The course covers:

    • Identification and Assessment of Harmful Building Elements: Learners will gain the ability to identify and assess building elements that negatively impact health and articulate the specific health impacts of each element.
    • Understanding Sick Building Syndrome: The course explores the concept of sick building syndrome and the recent shift towards designing and maintaining healthy buildings.
    • Implementation of Healthier Building Strategies: Participants will learn practical strategies to enhance building health, including the use of advanced air cleaning technologies and the application of ASHRAE Standard 241.
    • Enhancing Human Experience and Productivity: The course highlights how improved indoor air quality can boost human experience and productivity.

    By the end of this course, learners will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to apply these principles in their professional practice, ultimately contributing to the creation of healthier built environments.

    Why This Matters for Architects

    At this year’s AIA Annual General Meeting, delegates voted overwhelmingly to acknowledge the 2024 Strategic Council’s unanimous recommendation: The Council urged the AIA to continue exploring areas that optimize health and well-being in relation to climate, design, equity, and the value of architecture. They also emphasized that ongoing research and education in these interconnected areas are ethical imperatives that form the foundation of the Institute.

    This acknowledgement that architects play a crucial role in designing buildings that support occupant health and well-being means that to stay at the forefront of industry standards and practices, courses like “Medical Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality” are essential for professional development and continuing education.

    For more information and to access the course on IAQ, visit iAIR Academy Short Courses.

    By partnering with the AIA, the iAIR Institute is dedicated to advancing knowledge and practices surrounding indoor air quality, ensuring that the places where we live, work, and play are safe, healthy, and conducive to our well-being. Join us in our mission to create healthier built environments.