We had an awesome time at this year’s Home Performance Conference hosted by ACI (Affordable Comfort, Inc.). Met some great people, understood what users liked and didn’t like about thermal imaging products & services, had fun with our demo house, took tons of great pictures—and enjoyed the beautiful Texas weather!
Now that we’re back, we’d like to share some insights on our experience at ACI 2010. First off, attendance was through the roof! Compared to past years, attendance dramatically increased to around 2,000 people–imagine the hustle and bustle on the floor and in all of the conference sessions each day. Some conference sessions were literally “standing room only” with people overflowing into hallways just to listen! We definitely believe that this helped make ACI 2010 such a great success this year, and proved that energy efficiency is a hot topic (no pun intended).
Thanks to our Fluke attendees—Michael Stuart, Joe Anders, Jay Choi and John Neeley—here are some great points, and pictures, that stuck with them after leaving Texas.
- Fluke’s BPI “HOT” (Hands-on-Training) tub kits drew strong interest from training affiliates both big and small. We plan to offer a program where these kits will be available to qualified BPI training affiliates at no charge, and will provide a “hands-on” experience using Fluke infrared cameras and other tools used for weatherization, energy audits, and home performance analysis.
- There was a strong interest in the pending Home Star legislation from many attendees, and Efficiency First expects a good turn out for the Home Star advocacy days in Washington DC starting on May 19 at Noon through May 20 at 5pm.
- Building analysts, energy raters, and other contractors are looking for a very rugged, reliable IR camera—and Fluke’s “drop test” video (view here) drew a lot of interest in that category…even from some of the competition! (Wonder what they were looking for? )
- Made in the USA is important, especially for many of the conference attendees. Taking care of energy efficiency “at home” was a big sentiment this year, and doing it with tools made “at home” made sense!
That’s all for now. Actually, one more thing: we learned that the attendees loved our demo house, which you can check out here on our Facebook page! And if you like it, go ahead and “like” us as well!