Affordable Comfort, Inc.

Affordable Comfort, Inc.

November 15, 2010 17:11 ET

Locals to Receive Training for Careers in Home Performance at Colorado ENERGY STAR® Summit Presented by ACI

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

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - Affordable Comfort Inc. (ACI), the nation's leading educational resource for the home performance industry, is pleased to announce that it will now manage the Colorado ENERGY STAR® Summit, a two-day educational summit on improving the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, health and safety of homes.

The event, taking place at the Marriott Denver Tech Center on December 8 and 9, 2010 in Denver, Colorado, will connect individuals looking to start or advance their careers in sustainable home building or the home performance 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.

"We are incredibly proud of the amazing accomplishments the housing industry has achieved with voluntary high-performance home programs and increased consumer interest. This all begins with outstanding education, the kind ACI has been delivering for decades. Their combination of passion and competence consistently ensures state-of-the-art content," said Sam Rashkin, National Director, ENERGY STAR® for Homes. "We are very excited to have ACI running the Colorado ENERGY STAR Summit, and hope to see lots of new faces and old friends out to learn the latest best-practices for improving the performance of homes and accelerate their careers in this field."

The Plenary session will be presented by Mark LaLiberte, president of LaLiberteOnline, Inc. and a principal of Building Knowledge, Inc., on the subject of the advantages of designing and planning for a home to last 100 years. As a distinguished trainer, author and consultant, Mr. LaLiberte has devoted more than two decades to educating the homebuilding industry about the benefits of constructing durable, energy efficient, healthier, more environmentally sustainable homes. Mr. LaLiberte will examine the issues of durability, energy, and IAQ performance from a long-term view, proposing that truly sustainable housing stock can last a century without requiring lots of maintenance, repair and upgrades. For more information on Mr. LaLiberte, visit or

In addition to the plenary, classroom sessions will include topics such as:

  • House-as-a-system building science and diagnostics
  • Moisture mitigation and mold prevention
  • Ventilation strategies, indoor air quality (IAQ) and combustion safety
  • Local and national program updates including ENERGY STAR new homes, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and the proposed federal Home Star program
  • Business management, marketing and sales

"Although unemployment in the construction industry at-large is still unacceptably high, we're seeing huge growth in the home performance sector," says Amy Fazio, Executive Director of ACI. "Government support and unprecedented public attention have created new opportunities—billions of dollars in homeowner incentives and program funding, which will create an expected 168,000 new jobs in local communities across the country over the next two years alone. We're excited to be taking the helm for this important event in 2010, and hope our presence here will help to accelerate sustainable construction, as well as home performance and weatherization retrofits, in the state."

That growth is reflected in the rapid increase of attendance at ACI events throughout the 2009-2010 season so far—a 31% overall increase for regional events and a 54% increase in attendance for the National Conference, held in Austin, TX in April 2010. The ACI New England event held in Sturbridge, MA, in October 2010 set a new attendance record for an ACI regional event with 870—a 60% increase over the attendance total in 2008, the last time an ACI event was held in that region.

For more information on the Colorado ENERGY STAR Summit event, 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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