ARLINGTON, Va. — ACCA’s Building Performance Council (BPC) has announced that registration is now open for the inaugural Building Performance Forum. The event, which is sponsored byThe NEWS, is scheduled for Oct. 9-10 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas.

This event was created to meet the needs of the expanding market segment and to help contractors and the industry realize the full potential of building performance.

“Building performance is a great opportunity for HVAC contractors, because we are already in the business of comfort and have practical knowledge about indoor environments,” said Ellis Guiles, vice president of TAG Mechanical, and chairman of the BPC Advisory Committee. “It’s time for contractors to stop ignoring this opportunity, and this event will do just that, help contractors see that the potential for business, and profit, growth are there and it is time for them to take advantage of it before someone else does.”

The event kicks off with a keynote address, “People, Planet, and Performance…A Conversation with Rick Fedrizzi of the U.S. Green Building Council.” During this insightful conversation, Fedrizzi will discuss how building performance has gained prominence worldwide and share that when done properly, it affects and improves each building, neighborhood, nation, and the world.

The event will also include 12 breakout sessions running concurrently throughout the two days. Sessions include:

• “Transitioning from HVAC to Home Performance” with Michelle Knaszak of GreenHomes America.

• “Take What You Now Know and Turn it into a Business Opportunity” with Matt Todd and Chris McKinney of Entek Corp.

• “Creating the Business of Your Dreams” with Ellis Guiles of TAG Mechanical.

• “Retrofitting Existing Homes to Net Zero Use” with Hal Smith of Halco Plumbing & Heating.

• “Taking it to the Streets” with John Waldorf of Estes Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., Andrew Oser of CroppMetcalfe Services, and Richard Dean of Environmental Systems Associates, Inc.

The two day event will wrap up with a special closing keynote: “The Future Really is Now,” with Doug Garrett of Building Performance & Comfort. Garret will look into the future and share his forecast for this vital market segment of the industry.

“ACCA is excited to be able to provide this quality educational program that was created by contractors for contractors who are already working in the field or are interested in getting into it,” said Guiles. “Since some of the top contractors and industry experts have agreed to share their experiences, best practices, and expertise, these two days are sure to get attendees pumped up and prepared to move their businesses to the next level.”

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Publication date: 7/30/2012