Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) announced today that Carrier and Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, will serve as host sponsors for the 2013 National Home Performance Conference in Denver, CO April 30-May 3. This is the first time in ACI’s 26-year history that the organization will have international manufacturers as host sponsors for this event.

"Carrier and Dow’s investment in ACI is a measure of the strength of the home performance and weatherization industry," according to Amy Fazio, chief executive officer of ACI. "Their commitment proves that we represent a stand-alone industry, in which manufacturers can invest in order to stay ahead of their competitors."

The home performance and weatherization industry creates solutions for the comfort, health, and durability of residential buildings by exploring how buildings use energy and how building materials and appliances affect energy efficiency, air circulation, and moisture. Homeowners seek solutions to enhance comfort, lower energy costs, and utilize sustainable resources; weatherization assistance programs help low-income households improve comfort and lower utility bills through renovations that are funded by community action agencies, non-profit groups, or local governments.

ACI’s National Home Performance Conference is an annual event attracting members of all sectors of the home performance and weatherization industry—contractors, building analysts, utilities, government, and more—for a comprehensive educational agenda, workshops, networking, and the industry’s largest trade show. The 2013 event will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, and registration is now open at affordablecomfort.org/national2013.

Both Carrier and Dow have pioneered innovative technology that changed the way we live, impacting home construction, comfort, and energy efficiency. Carrier’s sustainable, efficient furnaces, central air conditioners, and air quality products represent decades of leading research and development in heating, cooling, and refrigeration. Dow’s innovative insulation and air sealing products, including STYROFOAM Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Foam Insulation, FROTH-PAK Foam Sealants and Insulation and GREAT STUFF Insulating Foam Sealants, have advanced energy, air and moisture management solutions. This partnership will enable ACI to extend its reach into the insulation and HVAC sectors of home performance and weatherization, engaging a more diverse group of professionals in its mission of making every home healthy, comfortable, and resource-efficient.