ACI's mission is to be the national catalytic voice for the home performance industry.
ACI's vision is that all people live in healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient homes.
ACI (Affordable Comfort, Inc.) is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to making every home healthy, comfortable, and resource-efficient. Since 1986, ACI has served as an unbiased go-to resource for home performance and weatherization, bringing together industry leaders for the purpose of education, professional networking, and business-to-business collaborations.
The first conference, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was developed as a meeting to share ideas about making homes energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable, without risk to the residents and building structure. This gathering, including utilities, weatherization and government agencies, and nonprofits, became an annual event, alternating between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. ACI was later incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1992. In 1996, ACI held its first event in Chicago, which sparked the move to various locations throughout the United States each year. In response to the increased demand for more events, ACI added regional events in 1994. These events allow area-specific material to be presented in partnership with regional industry partners.
ACI events 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. These events offer a wealth of unbiased building science know-how and individuals meet to solve technical problems, exchange new techniques, source new tools and materials and build the momentum of this new paradigm shift in building construction. ACI brings together people from many sectors of the building trades and housing industry – contractor, builder, utility, nonprofit, local, state, and national government, research and education. Out of this diverse network comes the opportunity to discover resources and to solve difficult home performance issues.
ACI Trade Shows
In additional to educational sessions, ACI offers an exhibitor trade show at each of the events, featuring manufacturers, distributors, nonprofits, trade and service organizations, educational institutions, software companies, and more. Each ACI trade show offers a unique marketing and branding opportunity to showcase products, equipment and services, while providing the vendors with the opportunity to capture quality leads and expand their customer base.
Expert Presenters – Innovative Information
Many of today’s leading industry experts started their careers in home performance and weatherization by attending an ACI event. They learned something new there, became interested in it, and decided to take it to the next level. Now they are bringing their knowledge and expertise to the classroom. Whether it’s from a veteran presenter or a newcomer, ACI is looking for stimulating sessions that cover new ground, or that take perennial topics and advance the conversation to a deeper level. ACI values diversity of perspectives and is interested in sessions that challenge attendees to consider existing problems or assumptions in new ways.
Continuing Education Units
ACI is a continuing education service provider, offering credits from allied organizations that include:
- American Institute of Architects (AIA) - www.aia.org
- American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) - www.ashi.org
- Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) - www.bpi.org
- International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) - www.nachi.org
- National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) - www.nari.org
- North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE) - www.natex.org
- Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) - www.natresnet.org
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) – www.nahb.com