Who We Are
ACI (Affordable Comfort, Inc.) is a division of the Home Performance Coalition (HPC), an organization that creates energy-efficient, healthy, sustainable homes through education, training, advocacy, and outreach. HPC unites the many voices of the home performance and weatherization industry, analyzes industry trends and issues, provides education to advance the standards and practices of our industry, and supports collaboration and business development throughout all sectors. Sponsored by an array of industry leaders, HPC is committed to a robust industry that makes all of America's homes more resource efficient, healthy, durable, resilient, and affordable.
Since 1986, ACI has served as an unbiased go-to resource for home performance and weatherization professionals. The first Affordable Comfort conference was held that year in Pittsburgh, PA and was developed as a meeting to share ideas about making homes energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable without putting residents—or building structures—at risk. That gathering, which included utilities, weatherization and government agencies, and nonprofits, became an annual event and in 1992, ACI was officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization. In addition to the national conference, ACI recognized the need for regionally-focused educational content that addressed the unique home performance and weatherization challenges in the country's varied climates and began presenting regional conferences in 1994.
Throughout its history, ACI has collaborated with partner organizations and in 2013, the boards of directors of both ACI and the National Home Performance Council (NHPC) met to discuss a formal alliance that would unite the missions of the two organizations. Recognizing the opportunities that could be realized through such an endeavor, the boards voted to merge, and the Home Performance Coalition was created.
As a division of the Home Performance Coalition, ACI will continue to present excellent educational and networking opportunities for industry professionals through regional and national conferences and trade shows. These events convene professionals from all sectors, welcoming contractors, HVAC professionals, remodelers, builders, utilities, manufacturers, local, state, and federal government agencies, nonprofits, and everyone working to create healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient homes.
ACI's educational agendas present essential information for industry professionals at every stage of their careers—from the fundamentals of building science to strategies for marketplace transformation. At ACI events, individuals come together to discuss technical problems, exchange new techniques, source new tools and materials, debate business development strategies, and examine the role that residential energy efficiency plays in creating strong, healthy communities, the development of green jobs, and environmental stewardship.
Many of today's leading industry experts began their careers in home performance and weatherization by attending an ACI event, where they learned something new, became interested in it, and decided to take it to the next level. Now, these individuals share their knowledge and enthusiasm in the classroom, where diverse perspectives are always welcome.
ACI is a continuing education provider, working with the following organizations to present sessions that are eligible for continued education units:
- 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 Technical Excellence, Inc. (NATE)—www.natex.org
And, in addition to outstanding educational content, ACI offers an exhibitor trade show at each conference, 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 and provides exhibitors with the ability to capture quality leads and expand their customer bases.
ACI looks forward to continuing to play a role in the advancement of the home performance and weatherization industry as a division of the Home Performance Coalition.