Wrong labels lead to misunderstandings
A plumber, pipe fitter or tinsmith is no
more of an indoor climate engineer than a framer is a
cribber or a cabinet maker.
We have labels for trades and designers
within categories such as HVAC or carpentry but there is
absolute confusion by industry and consumers alike as to
what profession is responsible for
In part it is because IEQ is a multi
disciplinary study in the relationship between the
building and health sciences, where the "mechanics" of
HVAC does not equal IEQ.
In the former, the indoor climate
engineer is very much attuned to human physiology and
psychology where the latter is primary concerned with
codes, equipment and assemblies.
The latter will be judged by an inspector
minimum and objective requirements; the former by the
subjective needs of the occupant and IEQ standards.
What is IEQ?
IEQ = TCQ + IAQ + ISQ +ILQ +IOQ +IVQ
Q = Quality, and
IO = Indoor odour
IV = Indoor vibration
Just because someone can design, install
and commission an MRI machine doesn't make them a
doctor. Likewise just because someone can design,
install and commission an HVAC system does not make then
an indoor climate consultant.
Heating, cooling and ventilating a space
does not equal IEQ...sure its part of it but IEQ does
not begin and end with HVAC.
Having said that...some of the best IEQ
consultants are those with a background in HVAC.
Message to the HVAC industry you're oh so
close to making quantum leaps if you would only add a
few courses on human physiology to your curriculums.