IAQA Meeting - Fall Meeting - 2018

Indoor Air Quality Association - Houston Chapter Meeting

Thursday, March 21, 2019  8:00 AM1:00 PM

The SWCOEH is pleased to partner with the Houston Chapter of the IAQA to facilitate this educational event and meeting!


IAQA Member Registration Fee: $55.00/meeting
Partial tuition sponsored by local IAQA chapter. Membership will be verified. Select IAQA Member on the e-Registration form field.

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Standard Registration Fee for Non-member Guests : $75.00/meeting

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Thursday, March 21, 2019, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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8:00 - 8:30 Sign-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45

Introductions and Chapter Update
Jason Dobranic, PhD, IAQA Houston Chapter Director

8:45 - 10:15 Building Solution Fusion
Claudette Hanks Reichel, Ed.D.
Professor and Extension Housing Specialist,
Louisiana State University AgCenter

LaHouse Resource Center, an educational demonstration house on the Louisiana State University campus, tapped the expertise of numerous prominent building scientists, designers, and educators to blend high-efficiency, resilience, health, convenience, appeal, and economic benefits in its four high-performance residential building systems. Dr. Claudette Hanks Reichel, who spearheaded its creation, will present highlights and insights on how and why LaHouse achieved and stimulates “building solution fusion”, the balanced integration of all the above attributes for this region's hot-humid climate, hazards, resources, and people.
10:15 -10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Air Filtration and Indoor Air Quality
Jim Rosenthal, CAFS
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Air Relief Technologies, Inc.

Do air filter test results reflect indoor air quality? As it turns out the answer is no. There are a myriad of other factors such as particle size, system run time, activity in the space, outdoor to indoor particle transfer and filter installation that come into play. This session will cover these and also address some of the drawbacks of other 'air cleaning devices.

Jim Rosenthal is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Relief Technologies, Inc., the parent company of Tex-Air Filters, Allergy Clean Environments and Allergy, Air & More. Mr. Rosenthal has over 20 years of experience in the air filtration and environmental control industries and has been active in the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA), serving as President in 2009-2010. He is a Certified Air Filter Specialist (CAFS) by NAFA. He was also President of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Texas Chapter from 1998 to 2013. Jim has given over 50 presentations and training seminars on air filtration and indoor air quality. He is also a frequent contributor of articles on air filtration, indoor air chemistry and indoor air quality to national trade journals and technical journals. His articles have appeared in Indoor Environment Connections, Air Media, RSES Journal and the Journal of Indoor Air.
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (Networking Opportunity)



Claudette Hanks Reichel, Ed.D.
Professor and Extension Housing Specialist,
Louisiana State University AgCenter

Jim Rosenthal
Chief Executive Officer, Air Relief Technologies, Inc.



Meeting Location

UTHealth Operations Center Building
1851 Crosspoint Drive
Rio Grande Room 2.200 (2nd floor)
Houston, TX 77054

Note this location is not directly inside the Texas Medical Center. The UTHealth Operations Center Building is closer to 610 South Loop West/Fannin South/ West Belfort area. Click here for directions

Parking - Please park in Visitor Lot C only!

Parking is free for SWCOEH events at the UTHealth Operations Center Building, but restricted to Visitor Lot C. Visitor Lot C is slightly hidden. When entering the driveway, you will be facing north (towards downtown) and the OCB building will be on your left. Drive about 50 feet, past the parking spaces on your right, labeled Per Se' Parking Only. Drive beyond the speed bump and beyond the guard shack until you see an opening in the chain link fence on your right. Turn right into this opening. This fenced-in area is Visitor Lot C. Click to view OCB Parking Lot Map


Continuing Education

This event meets the Category 4 Education requirements of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

ABIH® Diplomates can claim CM credit for this event. See http://www.abih.org/maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information

Pre-register and pay at least 48 hours in advance to receive a hard copy of your certificate of attendance at the meeting.


IAQA Quicklinks

Indoor Air Quality Association website

Become an IAQA member


Houston Chapter Officers:

Dr. Jason Dobranic
Chapter Director
EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Houston , TX

Mr. Rick Anderson
Vice Chapter Director
EFI Global, Inc.
Houston , TX

Jeffrey H Peters
Membership Development Chair
Rimkus Consulting Group Inc.
Houston , TX

Event Goals

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of consumers and the public.

IAQA is the only IAQ trade organization that connects all parts of the industry to collaborate and grow. Connecting all parts of the IAQ industry is central to better business growth, operational effectiveness, and customer satisfaction. IAQA provides the best education for all parts of the IAQ industry, translating science and standards into practice, properly informing consumers, and bringing critical feedback to industry leaders. By sharing information between all parts of the industry, pushing each other forward, and refining our practices collectively, all parts of the industry will grow.

The Houston Chapter meets 2-3 times per year and is now partnering with the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health to bring you this meeting.

  • This event meets the Category 4 Education requirements of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • Network with your peers while enjoying informative presentations
  • Catering is provided at no additional cost
  • IAQA members and non-members welcome


Your Best Response to a Changing World!

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health. The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health and is under the leadership of Elaine Symanski, PhD who serves as Director.

The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health.

The mission of the SWCOEH Continuing Education (CE) Program is to serve as a training resource for professionals and decision-makers in the occupational and environmental health fields by delivering specialized courses in response to current training needs. Our ultimate goal is to improve occupational and environmental health. Our core subject areas are occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, hazardous substances and materials and occupational health nursing. Contact us to discuss your training needs!

Contact Us

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Continuing Education (CE) & Outreach Program

1200 Pressler St., RAS West, Ste. 1038
Houston, TX 77030

Michelle McDaniel - Continuing Education Coordinator (Mon-Fri)
Email: Michelle.R.McDaniel@uth.tmc.edu
Phone: 713-500-9447

Brenda Brown - Program
Coordinator (Tu-Th)
Phone: 713-500-9448

General CE Email: swcoeh.ce@uth.tmc.edu

To learn more about the SWCOEH, please visit us on the web at www.swcoeh.org