Nashville 2017: A Conference for Contractors (and program folks too!)

Last year at ACI Austin, many of us took note. The energy was electric. And It was probably the best ACI I’ve been to. (you can read my perspective hereMike Rogers had a great analysis too). I’m pretty confident that this year’s National Home Performance Conference will build on that momentum of last year. Contractors will share their best practices and best horror stories, and some of the best and brightest in building science, business, and policy will share their expertise. Here are some highlights of the great content I'm excited about:

Check out the Healthy Homes/IAQ track, which includes a full day on Sunday March 19 by Kevin Kennedy. He’s a renown expert in environmental health, and has been performing research and running programs that link home performance and health for years.  This track covers everything from data collection/analysis to tactical applications to your contracting business or program design. 

Weatherization Tracks. HPC’s precursor ACI has always had a strong focus on weatherization, and they’re bringing it full force this year. Expect to see some new faces too - for the first time, HPC has partnered with DOE’s Weatherization program to expand the conference to weatherization programs across the country. 

Industry Partnership and Diversity. This year, you’ll notice a couple of sessions focused on diversity. I’ll be leading a session with Danielle Putnam, board member of Women in HVAC, and Kristen Nicole, Executive Director of Women in Solar Energy. More on this soon. You’ll also notice that Habitat X is back at it with an innovative session on diversity and the future of home performance. 

Business Operations, Sales, and Marketing. You'll see some of the usual heavy hitters, but some new faces too. These sessions are largely focused on contractors, and helping you grow and sustain your businesses. You'll find sessions about managing finances, building sales teams, marketing best practices, and more. For contractors out there looking to learn directly from your peers, look for the sessions that are market "Powered by Efficiency First." Efficiency First partnered with HPC to build out 9 sessions with almost exclusively contractor presenters. 

You can find the schedule at a glance here, and the searchable schedule here. If you’re on the fence about coming, check the schedule. And decide to come learn from your peers and the smart thought leaders. Or just come for the beer and good friends. Hope to see you there!