Affordable Comfort, Inc.

Affordable Comfort, Inc.

September 20, 2010 14:50 ET

Locals to Receive Training for Careers in Home Performance and Weatherization 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 welcome contractors, remodelers, tradespersons, energy auditors and homebuilders to ACI New England 2010, a two-day training and 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.

"ACI events are invaluable sources of information for our industry, whether you're just getting into the business or have been in it for years. I try to attend as many as I can," says Peter Troast, Founder and CEO of Energy Circle, a Maine-based online service that connects consumers with resources, tools and products to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes. "They are always an extraordinary gathering of the critical players in the residential energy efficiency world—fulfilling, mind opening, educational and intense. I'm sure this year's regional event in New England will be no different. I look forward to the fantastic learning opportunities it will provide."

Hands-on and train-the-trainer demonstrations will take place three times on Wednesday, October 6, illustrating 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:

  • best-practices for evaluating current home performance and prioritizing improvements
  • proper techniques for installing and/or correcting problems with insulation, air sealing measures and HVAC equipment
  • enhancing indoor air quality by controlling moisture, mold and carbon monoxide
  • deep energy retrofit case studies and net-zero-energy housing

Business-building topics such as marketing for small businesses and updates on local, state and federal homeowner incentive and weatherization assistance programs will also be covered.

"Although unemployment in the construction industry at-large is still unacceptably high, we're seeing huge growth in the home performance and weatherization 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 weatherization 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 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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