NADCA is urging members to have more employees certified under its air systems cleaning specialist designation.

To be a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, a business is required to have at least one ASCS-certified employee. But there are advantages to having more workers with the designation, the association said.

“By equipping your company with multiple certified technicians on staff, you can set your business apart from the competition,” said association President Bill Benito, who is certified under the program. “Homeowners and building managers are interested in hiring the company that is the most reliable and the most qualified for the job. With heightened public awareness of the dangers of indoor air pollution and the need for home energy efficiency, the demand for professional HVAC system cleaning has increased dramatically.”

The certification exam tests knowledge of HVAC system cleaning and microbial remediation procedures. Passage is recognized worldwide, officials said.

“NADCA is the leading HVAC inspection, cleaning and restoration organization in the industry,” Benito added. “Companies with NADCA-certified technicians on staff are able to provide the complete service that aligns with the standard for assessment, cleaning and restoration of HVAC systems.”

Society, Indoor Air Quality Association sign agreement

Indoor Air Quality Association President Donald Weekes (left) and ASHRAE President William Bahnfleth have signed an agreement that will have both groups working together on common issues. 

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and the Indoor Air Quality Association have agreed to work together on common goals.

The two groups signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 15, 2013, which says they will team on advocacy to ensure better air quality in structures.

ASHRAE President William “Bill” Bahnfleth said the agreement was good for both groups.

“As professionals responsible for environmental control of buildings and transportation systems, our first priority must be making those environments safe, healthy, productive and comfortable,” ASHRAE President William “Bill” Bahnfleth said. “This partnership between ASHRAE, a worldwide organization with a scope to broadly promote the arts and science of HVAC and R and allied arts and science for the benefit of the general public, and IAQA, an organization focused on services to ensure good indoor air quality, will enhance the ability of both to achieve their shared goals. We welcome the opportunity to combine the resources of ASHRAE with the expertise of IAQA to strengthen our effectiveness in this critical area.”

Donald M. Weekes, IAQA president, agreed.

This agreement is a great step forward for IAQA and the indoor air quality field,” Weekes said. “ASHRAE and IAQA have agreed to work closely on issues that are of mutual interest. I am personally looking forward to working with ASHRAE in the coming year.”