The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council is an interdisciplinary cooperative of professionals formed in 1998 to promote the improvement of all indoor air environments in the state. The Council operates according to the principle that understanding indoor air quality requires a multi-dimensional approach. Consequently, the Council and its Board brings together diverse professionals from the medical, technical and policy arenas to work towards a common goal. Our membership includes physicians & nurses, engineers, maintenance managers, lawyers, toxicologists, insurers, industrial hygienists, respiratory therapists, educators, architects, legislators and public policy decision-makers.
Our mission statement:
1. The mission of the Council shall be “to promote better quality of life through improved indoor environments”.
2. The Council shall identify and promote best practices for building and maintaining healthy, energy efficient indoor environments. The Council shall recommend credible and science-based (peer reviewed whenever possible) resources based on the information available to the Council.
3. The Council shall coordinate indoor environmental improvement efforts between state agencies and the private sector.
4. The Council shall raise public awareness of indoor air quality and energy efficiency as they impact quality of life and productivity.
5. The Council shall promote educational activities in accordance with its mission.
The Council’s History
As indoor air quality concerns have increased in importance over the past several years, so has the need for better technical guidance, coordination and education. The Indoor Air Quality Task Force of the Maine Environmental Priorities Project recommended the establishment of this council as a mechanism by which this work would be conducted in the state. With the support of the American Lung Association of Maine and the Maine Department of Human Services, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council was formed. It was incorporated in March 1998, and received not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in December 1999.
Since its inception, the Council has worked closely with numerous public and private entities to provide education and technical resources.
- Breakfast Seminar Series
- Annual IAQ Conferences
- Consensus “Best Practice” Recommendations for School Air Quality, IAQ Testing, Floorcoverings, New Residential Construction, and Building Commissioning
- Electronic Newsletter
- Foundational Policy Statements
- First Maine web-site dedicated to IAQ
- Recognized resource for public policy decision-makers
Much of the Council’s work will be done through the various standing and ad hoc committees. The committees represent the major mechanism by which Council members can be involved, and participation is strongly encouraged.
MIAQC members have the opportunity to serve on one of the four working Committees. The interdisciplinary nature of the Council and its committees provides an effective environment for the development of “best practice” and policy recommendations to address IAQconcerns, as well as for the development of educational programs of value to all professionals involved in IAQ.
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- Promotion of interdisciplinary approaches to diagnose and solve indoor air quality problems
- Develop indicators of healthy/unhealthy indoor air quality
- Review/develop resources
- Develop consensus best practice principles to achieve and maintain healthy indoor air
Healthy Homes with Energy Solutions
frank AT freshairventilation DOT net
Public Policy Committee:
- Synthesize best practice principles in a timely and effective manner, so that they may positively influence public actions regarding indoor air quality
- Monitor the public arena for issues relevant to indoor air quality and indoor air quality professionals
- Assess indoor air quality improvement efforts in the state
- Coordinate development of IAQ indicators as a means to guide and assess improvement efforts
Brant Miller, P.E.
bsmiller99 AT gmail DOT com
- Provide educational opportunities for the council membership
- Develop resources, materials, and educational opportunities for other organizations and individuals with like interests
Communications & Public Relations Committee:
- Inform general public of resources available through the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
- Coordinate member communications through the web site, newsletter, and membership literature
- Facilitate media communications to educate the public on relevant and timely IAQ concerns.
Maine Asthma Program
desirae.severson AT maine DOT gov
Board of Directors
In keeping with the interdisciplinary focus of the Council, the Council’s by-laws requires diversity of expertise in the following four categories:
- Public policy/Government
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2014-2015 Board of Directors
Kurt Johnson – President
Fresh Air Ventilation
Residential Ventilation Design & Installation
kurt AT freshairventilationDOT
Caulfield – Immediate Past President
Turner Building Science
Profession: Consulting Engineer, Industrial Hygienist
Desi-Rae Severson – President-Elect
Maine Asthma Program
Profession: Research Associate
James Reny – Secretary/Treasurer
Waterville Public Schools
Profession: School Business Manager
Bangor Savings Bank
Profession: Facilities Engineer
Profession: Clinical Lung Specialist
Profession: Manufacturer’s Representative
Dennis Kingman – Past President
Profession: Industrial Hygienist
Profession: Certified Industrial Hygienist
Northeast Laboratory Services
Profession: President, Environmental Testing Laboratory
Brant Miller, P.E. – Past President
Mechanical Systems Consultant
Cape Elizabeth Schools
Profession: Facilities & Transportation Director
Profession: Program Director
Isaacson & Raymond
Profession: RST Thermal
Registered Agent: Norman Anderson
Contacting the Council:
All questions and comments may be directed to:
Christine G. Crocker
Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
PO Box 2438
Augusta, Maine 04338-2438
Telephone (207) 626-8115
Fax (207) 626-9015
E-mail: christy AT maineindoorair DOT org