ASHRAE and the International Ultraviolet Association have signed a new memorandum of understanding formalizing the organizations’ relationship. The agreement defines parameters by which ASHRAE and IUVA will work cooperatively to promote the advancement of emerging research and technologies to support a more sustainable built environment.
The MOU includes, but is not limited to, the following initiatives related to development of ANSI-certifiable standards and related source documents:
Test and measurements on specific pathogens across a specified light spectrum (e.g., antimicrobial UV-C: 200 nm – 280 nm) and in specified mediums (e.g., aerosols, large droplets, surface – dry & wet, in aqueous solution, pristine & soiled)
Test and measurements on efficacy outcomes for antimicrobial UV-C devices and systems in specified, well defined testing environments (e.g., simulated hospital rooms, equipped and arranged in a standardized configuration, with predetermined numbers and locations of sampling points)
Test and measurements on efficacy outcomes for antimicrobial UV-C devices and systems installed in “upper room” HVAC applications
Standards and guidelines that establish the minimum requirements for commissioning permanently installed UV antimicrobial systems in existing and newly constructed facilities
Standard and guidelines for the application of UV disinfection of water used in cooling towers to control spread of bacteria, such as legionella, algae and fungi into the building HVAC system
In addition to these research and publication development initiatives, ASRAE and IUVA’s other areas of potential collaboration include general advocacy, joint conferences and meetings, consistent leadership communication, education and professional development, technical activities coordination and research.