Affordable Comfort, Inc.

Affordable Comfort, Inc.

April 01, 2011 12:55 ET

Highlights from the Second Day of the 2011 National Home Performance Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - April 1, 2011) - Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI), the nation's leading educational resource for home performance and weatherization, presents highlights of the second day of the 25th annual National Home Performance Conference taking place at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA, March 30 to April 1, 2011.

Day Two of the conference is all about education, with more than 64 sessions over 16 tracks, and live demonstrations of technologies and techniques. Just a handful of those sessions are highlighted below.

House of Horrors

Joe Kuonen of CLEAResult Consulting, Inc. took participants through real-life examples of home performance problems they might encounter on their next job, from poorly installed insulation to back drafting combustion appliances and strange homeowner behaviors. Attendees were challenged to come up with solutions to correct energy inefficiency, mold and mildew issues and carbon monoxide leaks.

Mobile Home Retrofit

Bob Pfeiffer of Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation and Calvin Steiner of the Division of Community Service for the State of North Dakota provided an overview of diagnostic testing and energy auditing, tools and materials and techniques used in the complete weatherization of walls, attics, bellies, ductwork and air leakage areas in mobile homes.

What do the National Retrofit Work Specifications Mean to You?

Benjamin Goldstein of the United States Department of Energy and John Tooley of Advanced Energy presented this session aimed to help demystify the new national work specifications. The pair walked the audience through how the specifications were developed, the importance of knowledge, skills and assessments, training curriculum and worker certification.

Taking Advantage of Smart Grid and Live Home Energy Usage Data

Lei Wang of APOGEE Interactive presented pilot studies on live interval meter data and how to use that data to help homeowners batter understand their energy use, make energy-favorable behavioral changes, control monthly bills and identify energy saving opportunities.

Ugly New Homes that Don't Work

Rick Chitwood of Chitwood Energy Management and Bruce Wilcox of Bruce A. Wilcox PE explored the results of an intensive, statewide survey of 80 California homes built in 2007. Findings based on measurements of HVAC systems, envelope air leakage and lighting presented the audience with a surprising realization about quality problems in new home construction.

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

Mark Dyen of Conservation Services Group helped contractors understand the risk they may be exposed to when conducting home repairs—one of the most litigated activities in the United States. Using the home performance industry's practice of conducting energy audits both before and after work is implemented, clear documentation and contracts and excellent customer service were risk-reduction tactics discussed in this session.

Mac on Mold

McGregor Pearce of Environmental Health Consultant LLC helped attendees understand the building science behind mold and moisture problems, mitigation techniques, prevention best-practices and the relationship between mold, building durability and property value.

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water: Enhanced Resilience Through Deep Energy Retrofit

Terry Brennan of Camroden Associates, Inc. and Remington Brown of the Institute for Business and Home Safety presented data substantiating the increased incidence of extreme weather events and the resulting economic impact, then explored ways in which building durability can be enhanced as part of a deep energy retrofit. They also discussed the opportunities and challenges of working with the insurance industry.

New Product Launch: Green Energy Compass Suite for Programs

Performance Systems Development launched its Green Energy Compass Suite for Programs. This new software suite combines four powerful modules:

  • Engaging website portals that motivate homeowners to participate in your program
  • Super-efficient energy audit software with on-board audit instructions and TREAT technology for accuracy
  • Integrated central program data hub for smooth workflow management and reporting
  • Powerful program CRM and campaign management tools for marketing, tracking, and reporting

The Green Energy Compass Suite for Programs Provides efficient and accurate energy audit software, powerful energy tracking and modeling tools, smooth workflow management for jobs, verified energy savings, efficient public website creation and maintenance, management for leads and marketing campaigns, quality assurance support, program reporting, simple and effective tools for homeowners and on-board audit training tools.

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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 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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