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February 15, 2011 12:51 ET

ACI National Home Performance Conference to Host 2011 Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry Presentation Ceremonies

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2011) - Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI), the nation's leading educational resource for home performance and weatherization, is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the annual Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry, sponsored by Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI). The award will be presented at the 25th Annual ACI National Home Performance Conference at the Marriot Marquis in San Francisco, California from March 28 - April 1, 2011.

The award recognizes the individual who has most advanced the home performance industry over the past year, and one who demonstrates the most dedication to and activism in this industry. Criteria for selection include:

  • Recognized efforts at promoting and advancing quality assurance for the home performance industry
  • Development and introduction of new standards and certifications
  • Expansion of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® programs
  • Demonstrated success in professionalizing the home performance industry 

Nominations can be made at: BPI Tony Woods Award for Excellence ( The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 23, 2011.

"This is a special award," says Amy Fazio, Executive Director of ACI. "Tony Woods was a popular presenter known for his quirky sense of humor, who made regular appearances at ACI regional and national conferences. He served tirelessly in the industry and kept reminding all of us that there was always room to make something just a bit better. He was a true pioneer of building performance and the systems approach, but best of all he was a true friend and inspiration to many people within the home performance and weatherization industry across North America."

The Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry is presented in honor of Tony Woods, former President of Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc. and ZERODRAFT®, and a pioneer of the home performance industry. During his career, he served as a volunteer board member with BPI, ACI, as president of the Ontario Building Envelope Council and on more than 10 Standards Committees dealing with air leakage control, air barriers, ventilation and more. He has presented on building envelope retrofit and home performance topics throughout North America and around the world. Woods passed away after a battle with leukemia on May 8, 2009, just over two weeks after the inaugural award in his name was presented.

Previous winners include Matt Golden, Co-Founder and President of Sustainable Spaces and a driving force behind the formation of Efficiency First – America's Home Performance Workforce, who was honored in 2009. Congressman Peter Welch (D) of Vermont in 2010. Congressman Welch led the development of the Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) portion of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. REEP in turn provided the foundation for the HOME STAR Act of 2010 legislation. Laverne Dalgleish, Principal in Building Professionals Consortium, received the inaugural Canadian version of the award.

In addition to the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry, the 2011 National Home Performance Conference will also host the annual inductions into the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame. Nominated by their peers and selected by a panel made up of current Hall of Fame members, individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame are recognized for their significant and lasting contributions to the building performance industry over the course of their careers.

ACI's National Home Performance Conference will offer 144 core sessions—more than ever before in the event's history—providing cutting-edge information for contractors, builders, energy raters, remodelers, designers and weatherization professionals.

For more information on the ACI National Home Performance Conference 2011 and find updates to the conference agenda, visit

About Affordable Comfort, Inc.

Founded in 1986, Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) is a not-for-profit organization that has become the go-to resource for information, education and best-practices in the home performance and weatherization industry. ACI recently expanded to new headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, while also maintaining its original offices in Waynesburg, PA.

ACI recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its participation in the Building Science Corporation (BSC) team, one of 15 research and deployment partnerships formed to help dramatically improve the energy efficiency of American homes selected by the DOE for funding under the $30 million Energy-Efficient Housing Partnerships program.

ACI national and regional events provide the forum for thought leadership, bringing together the best and the brightest—and the eager to learn—to solve technical problems, exchange new techniques, source new tools and materials and build the momentum of this fast-growing industry. For more information, visit

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