International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ is an international, independent, multidisciplinary, scientific, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the creation of healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environments. We strongly believe this is achievable by advancing the science and technology of indoor air quality and climate as it relates to indoor environmental design, construction, operation and maintenance, air quality measurement and health sciences.

Company details

2548 Empire Grade , Santa Cruz , CA 95060 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Publishing company
Industry Type:
Health and Safety
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
Year Founded:

ISIAQ was founded in 1992 by 109 international scientists and practitioners following the 5th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air '90 (Toronto, 1990). It is an international, independent, multidisciplinary, scientific, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the creation of healthy, comfortable and productivity-encouraging indoor environments.

As a Society, our major role is to facilitate international and interdisciplinary communication and information exchange by publishing and fostering publication on indoor air quality and climate. We organize, sponsor and support initiatives such as meetings, conferences, and seminars on indoor air quality and climate; and we develop, adapt and maintain guidelines for the improvement of indoor air quality and climate. We also cooperate with government and other agencies and societies with interests in the indoor environment and climate

Members of the Society are:

  • Scientists involved in all aspects of indoor air quality
  • Government and regulatory professionals
  • Medical practitioners
  • Occupational health professionals
  • Building owners and managers
  • Building, construction and air-conditioning engineers
  • Architects
  • Environmental lawyers

Some of ISIAQ's most important activities include:

  • Publication of a high profile journal Indoor Air which reports original research results in the broad area defined by the indoor environment of non industrial buildings.
  • Publication of a Newsletter which carries news and information.
  • Developing guideline documents by a number of Task Forces focused on specific issues. Task Forces convene during ISIAQ conferences.
  • Organising Indoor Air and Healthy Buildings series as primary Society conferences.

In 2005, the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences (IAIAS) merged with ISIAQ and became the Academy of Fellows. The IAIAS was founded in 1991 and election to IAIAS is in recognition of research, practice, and/or outstanding service in the field of indoor air sciences. The IAIAS hosts the Indoor Air conference. Following the merger, the Academy retains primary responsibilities to (a) nominate and elect additional Fellows; and (b) promote and select awards. The awards include:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award - bestowed on occasion to scholars who have made seminal contributions to the indoor air sciences through their career's work
  2. Pettenkofer Gold Medal - awarded to an individual in recognition of outstanding work in advancing the indoor air sciences
  3. Yaglou Award - acknowledge outstanding work of young promising researchers within the indoor air sciences and to encourage them to continue their career in this field
  4. Best Paper Awards - granted to the top papers published in 'Indoor Air' during the previous three years, as judged by the editors and editorial board; and
  5. Student Awards - established in 2008 and are granted in two categories:
  1. Student Achievement Awards are given to students based on their commitment and dedication to the field for any combination of academic, professional, and research achievements;
  2. Student Paper Awards are given to students who have published an outstanding paper in the field of indoor air quality during the past year

The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) consists of members spread across many countries, disciplines and philosophies. To fulfill its objectives, as well as to expand its operation and to grow in strength, the Society desires to increase its presence in all regions of the world. In this way the Society will serve the local needs and will draw from local experience. An effective way to achieve this objective is to operate via National (or Regional)Chapters, which are serviced by members who are most aware of the local needs and strengths. This policy document describes the formation of Chapters as well as the roles, responsibilities, operation and activities of the Chapters. This policy document also describes the role and responsibility of ISIAQ as the Parent organization.