Affordable Comfort, Inc.

Affordable Comfort, Inc.

September 20, 2010 14:51 ET

Leading Experts in Home Performance and Weatherization to Assemble at ACI New England 2010

Fast-Growing Market Segment Offers Opportunities for Sustainable, Green-Collar Jobs in New England Communities

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2010) - Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI), the nation's leading educational resource for the home performance and weatherization industry, is pleased to announce the agenda and presenter roster for ACI New England 2010, a two-day educational summit on improving the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, health and safety of homes.

The event, taking place at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center on October 6 and 7, 2010 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, will connect individuals looking to start or advance their careers in the home performance and weatherization industry with leading trainers and subject-matter experts from across the country. An exhibit hall will showcase the latest products and services essential to success.

For the plenary session, Reaping the Home Energy Harvest: Low Hanging Fruit? …Bring a Ladder, Michael Blasnik and ACI's own Linda Wigington will bring different perspectives to the challenge of tapping the huge opportunity for home energy reductions. Blasnik will examine the factors that lead to real-world energy savings based on measured—not projected—results. Wigington will address the need to achieve significantly deeper levels of energy reduction and will speak to subjects such as the Thousand Home Challenge—a deep energy retrofit initiative with the goal of transforming 1,000 homes in North America to reduce their energy use by 70% to 90% through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable resources, community-based solutions and behavioral choices.

Hands-on and train-the-trainer demonstrations—conducted by experts from Manchester Community College of New Hampshire and Synergy Companies Construction—will take place three times on Wednesday, October, 6 and will illustrate best-practices for increasing the thermal performance of existing walls by increasing insulation and adding air sealing measures, with an emphasis on the particular requirements of New England's typical existing homes and specific climate conditions.

Classroom sessions will include topics such as:

  • Moisture Science (IAQ, Mold, Psychometrics) presented by Joe Lstiburek Ph.D., P.E., of Building Science Corporation (BSC)
  • House as a System, presented by David Keefe of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Combustion Principles & Safety Testing, presented by Bill Spohn of Trutech Tools
  • Lead: Regulations and Guidance, presented by Ellen Tohn of Tohn Environmental Strategies
  • The Red Hot World of IR Analysis, presented by Brett Monroe of Monroe Infrared
  • Mechanical Ventilation 101, presented by Rick Karg of Energy Information Management
  • Deep Energy Retrofit Case Studies, a panel discussion presented by Paul Scheckel of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister, Inc., Kohta Ueno of Building Science Corporation (BSC), David Legg of National Grid, Bret Hamilton of Shelter Analytics and Marc Rosenbaum of Energysmiths
  • Multifamily: Addressing New Opportunities, presented by Beth Lonergan of NSTAR, Kara Grey and Vin Graziano of Rise Engineering
  • Paths to a Successful Business Growth, presented by Mike Gorman of TechKnowledge
  • Oil & Wood Systems: Next Generation of Equipment, presented by Tom Butcher of Brookhaven National Lab
  • Solar Thermal Design CombiSystems, presented by John Siegenthaler of Appropriate Designs
  • Raising the Bar: New Building Standards, presented by Richard Faesy of Energy Futures Group, Inc.
  • And many more

"Retrofitting America's 130 million existing homes to improve energy efficiency, durability and occupant comfort, health and safety is a booming business. It's a gateway to the new green collar, clean energy economy," says Amy Fazio, Executive Director of ACI. "ACI Home Performance Conferences offer attendees a wealth of unbiased building science know-how and all the latest product information. That's why they attract newcomers and veterans alike, year after year. We're excited to be returning to New England for the 7th time this year, and hope our presence here will help to accelerate home performance and weatherization in this region."

That growth is reflected in the rapid increase of attendance at ACI events throughout the 2009-2010 season so far—a 20% overall increase for regional events and a 54% increase in attendance for the National Conference, held in Austin, TX in April 2010.

For more information on the ACI New England 2010 event, view the agenda or learn more about the presenters, 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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