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. Saturn has contributed to the ACI effort since the beginning by providing speakers and financial support.
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. ACI connects the professional contractors and technicians on the front lines with the newest building science information from industry experts. This allows these professionals to raise the performance of homes in the field, concentrating on a house-as-a-system approach that considers how different components of the home-the building envelope or shell, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and the occupants-interact as a complete system.
ACI Events Meet the Need for Ongoing Training
The home performance and weatherization field is an emerging industry, and there is new research into better methodologies and next-generation best practices coming out as more field work is done and a better understanding of how to achieve really substantial results is attained. 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. Each ACI event includes in-class and hands-on training sessions on several tracks, including:
- Home performance diagnostics and energy analysis
- Building envelope improvements-insulation and air sealing
- HVAC improvements
- Water conservation
- Renewable energy systems
- Incentive programs and policy-federal, state, local, utility
- Codes and standards-compliance, credentialing
- Business best practices-marketing, management, financing, quality assurance
ACI is a continuing education service provider, and many sessions offer credits for advancing attendees' professional careers through educational opportunities from allied organizations that include:
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
- Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI)
- National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI)
- National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
- North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE)
- Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
With a goal to keep attendance costs down and make learning opportunities accessible, ACI depends on sponsors and revenues generated by exhibit hall bookings. High-value, high-impact sponsorship opportunities let sponsors raise their profiles among the most qualified and most influential players in the home performance and weatherization industry-the people who set the standards, write the specifications, select the products and do the work. Designed to suit a variety of budgets and marketing goals, ACI events offer multiple approaches to connect with attendees. At every level, ACI sponsorship guarantees optimal brand and product exposure to those defining the energy world of tomorrow.