Posts Tagged ‘ACI’

ACI 2011 Summit and Conference–a Not-to-Miss Event for the Home Performance Industry

March 8, 2011

GreenHomes America is excited to be sponsoring and attending ACI’s 25th annual Home Performance Conference, in San Francisco, March 28-April 1.  It truly is THE location for the best minds in the industry to come together and share and learn.  Enlightened contractors, policymakers, utilities, anyone with an interest in home energy retrofits–and the economic, environmental, and security considerations that go along with improving the efficiency of our housing stock.  If you’re serious about delivering all the benefits of a safe, comfortable, and more energy-efficient home to homeowners, then you should seriously consider attending–and it looks like record numbers are this year.

ACI 2011 National Home Performance Conference

Of particular interest for me this year is the second annual Home Energy Summit held in conjunction with the conference, and I’m delighted that our CEO Tracy Price has the opportunity to share his vision with others.  He’ll be joining others talking about the latest innovations and how we hope to improve homes across the country.

Industry colleagues (and I know some of you are reading this)–if you can make the time, make the trip out of San Francisco at the end the month.  It will be well worth it.

Thanks,
Mike

ACI New England – a don’t miss event for those who are in the business of fixing homes

September 22, 2010

For 25 years, the ACI (formerly Affordable Comfort) conference, has been the go-to destination to learn about home performance and building science in existing homes.  Even though, as this video attests ACI helps our competitors elevate their games, GreenHomes is proud to be a sustaining sponsor.

Coming up Oct 6-7 in Masschussetts is an outstanding regional event ACI New England.  We encourage audits, contractors, utility program officials, home inspectors, energy raters, and anyone who care about the comfort, durability, and energy-efficiency of existing homes–and the health and safety of the homes’ occupants–to attend. 

Thanks,
Mike

ACI Continues Leadership in Energy-Efficiency with New Director

March 24, 2010

Amy Fazio has been named executive director of Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI), an excellent home energy training and education organization. Helen Perrine, ACI executive director for more than 15 years, is retiring.

ACI has led the way in North America to explain to leading stakeholders how retrofitting can impact health, safety, durability, efficiency, and comfort. A systems approach to improving the performance of home has been championed by ACI as a way to get past the limitations, risks, and oversimplification of past “widget” approaches, and many at GreenHomes became familiar with the home performance approach through ACI conferences reaching back more than two decades.

In commenting upon Ms. Fazio’s selection, ACI Board President Charles Segerstrom said, “Amy clearly has the knowledge, skills and abilities ACI needs to expand its role as a key international player in energy efficiency education, training, and building science leadership.”

Mr. Segerstrom praised the service record of retiring Executive Director Helen Perrine. “It is time to celebrate the vision that Helen Perrine had 24 years ago when she and Linda Wigington created the foundation for ACI. The success that ACI has had as a leader in North American education and training in building science is due to the consistent passion for impact and excellence Helen has exhibited throughout her distinguished term as executive director,” Mr. Segerstrom said. “Helen’s work has transformed ACI’s image from one of small niche advocacy to a major force in the residential environmental and energy efficiency space. Based on this platform, Amy is well equipped to take ACI to the next level of incredible opportunities emerging in the evolving green economy,” Mr. Segerstrom added.

Thank you, Helen, for your outstanding leadership! And welcome, Amy!

Thanks,
Mike

ACI & the Home Energy Retrofit Summit

March 7, 2010

Coming up April 19-23 in Austin, TX is the annual ACI Conference, the best gathering of minds focused on energy-efficiency in existing homes.  The core confernce is a treasure trove of technical and best-practice information for business, utility program design, research and results in home energy retrofits.

This year, as a special high level event for policy makers, financial institutions, state and utility program managers, and entrepreneurs is the first annual Home Energy Retrofit Summit.  The Summit features a great line-up of topics and speakers, including Congressman Peter Welch, DOE Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi, and GreenHomes’ own president, Brett Knox.  This is a must attend event for those on the leading edge in home energy efficiency.  See you there!

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Fellow Contractors–Check out an ACI Conference

October 15, 2009
ACI: The premier home performance conference in North America

ACI: The premier home performance conference in North America

We’ve had calls from several dozen contractors over the past two months wanting to learn how we do what we do.  While we’re expanding to new locations and will be offering  fanchises soon, I can in good conscience point all contractors (and utility DSM/efficiency managers, policy makers, and anyone interested in the way of the future) to an ACI conference.  ACI hosts what without a doubt is the single best gathering of minds and experience in existing home energy-efficiency retrofits.

Maryland–you’ve got an event next week.  Canada, coming soon.  They have regional events around the county, and their next national conference–a real eye-opener–is in April 2010 in Austin, TX. 

I don’t mind sharing this “secret” even with our competitors.  Frankly, the more contractors that learn how to do things the right way, the better off we all are.  [And we’ve got a head start, anyway 😉 ]

Thanks,
Mike

LEED and Heretics

May 7, 2009

Camden Watts has an interesting post about her very broad view of a session by Henry Gifford at the recent ACI conference.  Henry talked about the shortcomings from an energy performance perspective of LEED buildings.   He hits the nail on the head.   Frankly, relying on modeling complex buildings is difficult and imprecise, and many put why too much stock in these models, whether for LEED or for other purpose to estimate energy savings.  We’ve found modeling usually off and often wildly overpredicting savings.   At the end of the day, the models mean nothing.  What’s important is the actual performance of the building–whether a large commercial building or a single family home–from energy, comfort, and health and safety perspectives.   Thanks, Henry for the session–and thanks Camden from coming at this from an angle I hadn’t looked at it before!

Thanks,
Mike

Enterprise Communities

May 1, 2009

One of the groups at the ACI conference was Enterprise Community Partners.  They’re doing great work with green communities and affordable housing.   As they ask/state on their website, What would you sacrifice to heat [or cool] your home?  Groceries?  Health Care?  Rent?  With energy-efficient affordable homes, families don’t have to make desperate trade-offs.

The neat thing is how they are demonstrating that energy-efficiency makes sense in affordable housing and communities.  And if it can (and it certainly can!) be done in low-income housing, it can be done in the rest of housing, too!

Thanks,
Mike

ACI Conference

May 1, 2009

I just got back from the ACI Conference where not only did myself and other on the GreenHomes Team get a chance to present our successful approaches, but we got to hear from some of the leading researchers, policy experts, and other practioners about the latest and greatest in energy-efficiency in homes.  As I review my notes and reflect on this over the next several days, I’m sure I’ll have a few new tidbits for you to consider.

Thanks,
Mike


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