Who We Are
The Home Performance Coalition creates energy-efficient, healthy, sustainable homes through education, training, advocacy, and outreach.
Forged by the merger of Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) and the National Home Performance Coalition (NHPC), the Home Performance Coalition 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.
In 1986, the first Affordable Comfort conference was held 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.
In 2010, the National Home Performance Council (NHPC) was founded to strengthen and advance home performance and weatherization through standards development, stakeholder engagement, policy analysis, and research. NHPC has worked with stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to provide cutting-edge research and policy analysis and to develop and implement data standards and has also worked to advance smart grid integration that bridges home performance programs and the private sector.
Under One Roof
Throughout each organization’s history, both ACI and NHPC have collaborated with partner organizations. In 2013, the boards of directors for both organizations met to discuss a formal alliance that would unite their missions. Recognizing the opportunities that could be realized through such an endeavor, the boards voted to merge, and the Home Performance Coalition was created.
Today, the Home Performance Coalition presents excellent educational and networking opportunities, conducts critical research and policy analysis, and supports collaboration and business development throughout all sectors of the home performance and weatherization industry.
Education & Networking
The Home Performance Coalition’s regional and national conferences continue in the proud tradition of ACI events, convening professionals from all sectors and 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.
The Home Performance Coalition’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 HPC 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.
The Home Performance Coalition 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, the Home Performance Coalition offers an exhibitor trade show at each conference, featuring manufacturers, distributors, nonprofits, trade and service organizations, educational institutions, software companies, and more. Each 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.
Research, Policy Analysis, and Standard Development
The Home Performance Coalition researches and analyzes the market conditions, programs, and policies that influence the home performance and weatherization industry’s growth. HPC is currently involved in a range of projects, including but not limited to the following:
Organized by HPC, the National Efficiency Screening Project (NESP) is a group of organizations and individuals that are working to improve the way electricity and natural gas energy efficiency resources are screened for cost-effectiveness. NESP recommends using the Resource Value Framework (RVF) to improve cost-effectiveness testing, with the end goal of improving efficiency screening practices throughout the United States, educating decision-makers about which efficiency resources are in the public interest, and what level of investment in such programs is appropriate.
Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations for categories of sources which cause or significantly contribute to air pollution which may endanger public health or welfare. The Home Performance Coalition and its partner Efficiency First are working to ensure that residential energy efficiency has a voice in the discussion about these regulations.
The Home Performance Coalition works with the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and others to drive consensus on how industry data is collected, tracked, and managed. Current projects include:
- Data Transfer Standard, or HPXML (BPI-2100)
- Data Collection Standard (BPI-2200)
- Home Performance Certificate (BPI-2101)