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RE: Clearing the Air – The Texas Hospitality
Coalition on Indoor Air Quality

Dear Website Customer:

Much has been said about Indoor Air Quality over the past several years. Last year the major Texas hospitality industry trade associations decided to do something about it!

The Texas Restaurant Association, the Texas Hotel & Motel Association, and the Texas Licensed Beverage Association joined forces to form Clearing the Air-The Texas Hospitality Coalition on Indoor Air Quality to address IAQ issues common to their members (cigarette/cigar smoke drift, mold and mildew, and kitchen odors). The Coalition has partnered with the Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors of Texas, and Options/Phillip Morris USA in their efforts to educate the hospitality industry on ventilation problems and cost effective solutions for them.

According to Richie Jackson, the Coalition's President and Executive VP/CEO of the TRA, here are some things they have accomplished and some that are "in the works":

- Ventilation Guidelines Booklet outlining ventilation and filtration principles and methods for retrofit and new construction applications in hospitality establishments. A special taskforce of hospitality association members and ventilation and IAQ experts is preparing this booklet which should be available in the Fall.

- Qualified Contractor Program is being established to identify capable contractors for the membership to call on to help solve their specific IAQ problems. Applicants for the program should have hospitality-sector experience and a good understanding of the IAQ issues hospitality establishment owners and managers face. Applicants are carefully reviewed and references are checked before inclusion in the Coalition's database. An interested member will be referred to several contractors in his or her area.

- Website is currently "under construction" to keep members and other interested parties up on the most current and relevant IAQ information.

- Factsheets, Commonly Asked Questions, & Case Histories are currently available through the Coalition office. You are welcomed to call 800-965-4689 for an information packet.

We applaud the hospitality industry for joining together to work out solutions to a common problem. Should you be interested in learning more about ventilation issues, please e-mail or call me at (214) 631-1010. I'd like to hear from you!

Sincerely,

KAHN MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS

Ann R. Kahn
TACL A370C

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