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Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between ASHRAE and IUVA

The new Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) defines parameters by which ASHRAE and IUVA will work cooperatively.

May 13, 2021   Logan Caswell

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A new agreement between ASHRAE and International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) has been reached to help formalize both parties’ relationship.

Reports say the new Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) 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.

“With a focus on the science and engineering of UV technology, IUVA members are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with ASHRAE to enhance the knowledge base and application of UV in the built environment,” said IUVA President Ron Hofmann. “While the technology is already well established, the urgency of addressing the global pandemic has raised the profile the UV, and our partnership with ASHRAE promises to help develop the necessary data, protocols, guidelines, and standards to ensure its continued effective, safe use.”

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The new MOU provides the following:

  • Test and measurements on specific pathogens across a specified light spectrum (e.g., antimicrobial UV-C: 200nm – 280nm) 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.

ASHRAE and IUVA’s additional areas of potential collaboration include: general advocacy; joint conferences and meetings; consistent leadership communication; education and professional development, technical activities coordination; and research.

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