The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association is one of six organizations collaborating on a book and professional development course that will deal with indoor air quality design issues.

Other participating organizations include the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the American Institute of Architects, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Green Building Council.

The groups recently signed a memorandum of understanding.

“We are pleased to partner with these organizations. Because of these efforts, SMACNA members will gain realistic (knowledge on) best practices of design, construction, operations and maintenance to better serve their customers in achieving improved indoor air quality in their facilities,” said SMACNA President Richard J. Cramer Sr.

According to the contractor group, the book and course will guide designers and builders on improving IAQ without constraining the comfort and productivity of the occupants.

In 2006, ASHRAE was awarded a $510,000, three-year cooperative agreement with the EPA to develop a design guide for commercial buildings. The book will assist building professionals in implementing high-performance designs and improving building performance.

The book is to be published in April 2009 and followed later in the year by the design course.