ACI National Home Performance Conference

Tue, 2012-04-03 07:41

Last week’s ACI National Home Performance Conference in Baltimore, MD was a large success. It felt like home being among so many individuals passionate about residential energy efficiency. Everblue staff enjoyed the blend of opportunities available during the conference, including attending educational seminars, networking at the exhibition booth, presenting to others, and participating in after-hours events.

Educational Seminars
In order to meet the needs of all attendees, the Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) staff graciously provided various career tracks to set the theme for all available seminars. The career tracks included Standards & Credentials, Program Design, Healthy Homes, Marketing, Engaging the Customer, and Business Tool Box. Participants had the option to attend any seminar they wished, giving them a chance to stick with one career track or to dabble in multiple career tracks. Each seminar lasted 90 minutes, with a 30-minute break between sessions.

Networking at the Exhibition Booth
In between sessions, participants wandered around the exhibition hall, visiting booths and interacting with company representatives. Everblue staff proudly stood at booth #210, right across the aisle from the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Many passersby picked up their free Everblue flyers - the Frisbee / pressure pan / brochure / meal plate sitting atop our booth. We even took a few opportunities to wander the room ourselves, saying hello to our friends at Fluke, Energy Circle, The Snell Group, NATE, intec, TerraLogos, and others.

Everblue staff participate in the ACI National Home Performance Conference 2012

Presenting to Others
Layla Thomas, Everblue’s BPI & RESNET Program Manager, spoke as part of a panel in the Standards & Credentials career track. She presented alongside A. Tamasin Sterner, of Pure Energy Coach, as well as Bruce DeMaine, from BPI. Layla discussed the recent changes to the BPI Certification process, including the shift from “training affiliate” to “testing center” and the integration of quality assurance video testing procedures.

After-Hours Events
Vince DiFrancesco, Everblue’s Operations Manager, participated in a Training Show & Tell in the style of Pecha Kucha on Thursday evening. Pecha Kucha presenters are limited to 20 slides of 20 seconds each - they stand up, tell a story, and sit down. Chris Dorsi moderated this fun and fast-moving event, introducing each speaker with a self-written haiku. Vince discussed best practices for administering BPI training and also gave examples on how to avoid certain testing situations, like asking homeowners all the necessary questions to ensure that their homes meet the qualifications for BPI field training and testing.

The week flew by. We want to thank the ACI staff for planning such a flawless event and for jam-packing it with so many opportunities for networking and educational advancement. If you haven’t been to an ACI National Conference before, you should plan to attend next year’s event in Denver. Regardless of your experience in the home performance industry, you are bound to learn something while attending this conference. It truly is a meeting of the minds.

We’re glad we live tweeted from the event, so we never have to forget the people we met and the workshops we attended! Search #EverblueACI in Twitter to follow every moment of ACI12!

By Lesley Cowie

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