Nashville, Tenn., has long been known as the worldwide capital of country music, earning the nickname “Music City, USA.” But for five days this month, a better name might be “Metal City.” 

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association is holding its 18th annual convention and trade show March 4-8 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The hotel is one of the Nashville area’s best-known resorts.

The theme for this year’s event is “Profiting from teamwork,” and communication issues will be the focus of several discussions. As in years past, the convention will also include a trade show March 6-8, with exhibitors offering the newest duct-cleaning equipment.  

Here’s a rundown of some of the convention’s educational sessions and other activities. Association officials say many of the sessions qualify for continuing-education credits under the NADCA certification system. 

On March 4, daylong Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician classes will be held. The registered trademark program includes teachings on fire protection, building codes and dryer safety.

Training sessions

Several all-day training courses will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5:
  • “Big Bucks in Air Ducts! Introduction to HVAC Cleaning” is designed for people new to duct cleaning or considering getting into the industry. The basics of a profitable HVAC cleaning company will be revealed. Equipment, procedures and business advice will be offered.
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  • “NADCA Air Systems Cleaning Specialist Training Course” is for certification candidates to help prepare for the ASCS exam. Cleaning methods, safety issues, mechanical systems and other topics are discussed. Program officials recommend the course to new technicians and certification students who want to learn quickly.
  • Another training course, “NADCA-Certified Ventilation Inspector” will also be held. Inspection and assessment of HVAC systems is the focus of this program. Codes, standards, system maintenance, indoor air quality and working with building owners are among the major topics. Environmental consultants, remediators, inspectors and cleaning workers are encouraged to take the course. It is also a primer for the certified ventilation inspector test.
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  • Germs and other microorganisms are the focus of “Ventilation System Mold Remediator.” This in-depth session deals with how to remove contaminants from HVAC systems according to industry standards. Attendees must be ASCS-certified to attend this class.
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Building a team

From 8:15-10:30 a.m. March 7, “Teamwork: Communicating Without Driving People Crazy!” will tale place. Bob Davis of Wilson Learning will offer advice on dealing with difficult people. Attendees will learn how to: 
  • Recognize the four social styles most people have and learn how to use them in your business
  • Understand your behavior as well as that of others
  • Become aware of “intuitive” communication
  • Reduce the stress of poor communication
  • Work better with people
  • Exert more influence on customers and co-workers
 The session will not be a typical speaker-oriented presentation. Attendees will have the chance to try out their new communication skills on other session attendees. 

At 10:45 a.m., “Tips and Techniques for Coil Restoration” will be held. Bill Lundquist of Motor Vac Inc. will lead the talk.

Coiling confusion

Although coil cleaning was added to NADCA standards two years ago, officials say it still causes confusion. This training-oriented session will teach attendees how to perform the procedure as well as teach others. Tips on hard-to-reach locations, contaminants and different types of coils will also be featured.

March 8 is full of sessions. “Building Your Business with Water, Mold and Smoke Damage Restoration Contractors” at 8:30 a.m. is aimed at people who are looking to expand their companies - which should be all owners, speakers say.

Working with restoration contractors can lead to better revenue and more work. This session will have information on the restoration industry and what types of companies it contains. Stan Richardson from ServePro and Carey Vermeulen from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification will lead the presentation. 

“Tips and Techniques for Cleaning to the ACR 2006 Standard” is a follow-up to the March 7 session on coil cleaning. The most recent edition of NADCA’s Assessment, Cleaning and Restoration of HVAC Systems, commonly called “ACR 2006,” will be reviewed by Doug Groen of Vac System Industries. NADCA’s new brochure for consumers and other public education initiatives will be discussed. The session is at 10:15 a.m.

Leaks

Leakage is the topic of “Does Your Building Suck?” at 11:15 a.m. Steve Tratt of Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc. will talk about “stack effect” and other reasons why the relationship between the HVAC system and a building’s components is important. Problems can affect health, safety and comfort, Tratt says. 

His presentation will explain how uncontrolled air leakage can cause mold, moisture, temperature fluctuations and other difficulties. Tratt will also offer solutions to these problems. 

At 2 p.m., “Commercial Documen-tation: Liability Protection and Securing Timely Payment” is planned. Bob Allen of Priority Services will tell why “paperwork” isn’t a curse word, but sometimes is said like one. This session will teach how to gain clients’ trust through better documentation and communication. 

“Anti-microbial Chemicals: Risks and Regulations” will take place at 3 p.m. This contentious subject will be explored by Tim Hoysradt of Twins Air Duct Cleaning, and Tracey Lantz, a worker with the Environmental Protection Agency’s anti-microbial division. 

How the chemicals work, limitations and laws on use will be explained. 

For more information on NADCA and its 18th annual convention, write to 1518 K St. N.W., Suite 503, Washington, DC 20005; call (202) 737-2926; fax (202) 347-8847; visitwww.nadca.comon the Internet.

Nashville has much to offer NADCA members

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association has picked Nashville, Tenn., as the site of its 2007 convention. 

A city of 570,000, Nashville is the heart of a fast-growing metropolis. It has one of the largest concentrations of health care companies in the United States and is the acknowledged American capital of country music. But even if your musical tastes run more toward blues than bluegrass, this city offers plenty to do. It sports a lively club scene featuring music of all types and numerous restaurants and attractions. Between convention sessions, here are some things that might hold some interest. 

Not too far from Nashville is Hermitage, the longtime home of former U.S. President Andrew Jackson. The mansion and its surrounding 1,000 acres were the Jackson family home for more than 50 years. The home is now a National Historic Landmark, and its exhibits chronicle the life of the nation’s seventh president. It also delves into life at Hermitage, which operated for many years as a cotton plantation with slaves. This controversial past is explored through exhibits. 

You may or may not be a big fan of country music, but the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a must-stop for anyone interested in American history and culture. The downtown Nashville museum contains tributes to music icons such as Hank Williams Sr., Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. The building, which opened in 2001, replacing the original museum, was designed to face the Ryman Auditorium, the historic home of the Grand Ole Opry. “The Opry,” as it is known, is the longest running radio program in America. It has been broadcast live every Saturday night on WSM-AM radio in Nashville since 1925. 

It may be politically incorrect these days, with smoking bans proliferating across the country, but tobacco is still a major contributor to the Tennessee economy. The Museum of Tobacco Art and History traces the “weed’s” journey from Native Americans’ tobacco growing to modern advertising and industry. 

If your preferred vice is liquor, you can drive an hour from Nashville to Lynchburg, Tenn. Whiskey aficionados will know it as the home of the Jack Daniels Distillery. Tours of the famous distillery are available, where guides will explain what makes the drink so unique and popular worldwide.