During the upcoming few days, Don Millard and I will be attending the ACCA 2013 Conference and IE3 (Indoor Environment & Energy Exposition) in Orlando, Florida. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Conference runs from today through March 2nd and is being held at the Marriott World Center convention hall. This conference (and expo) is one of the premier events and conferences in the country for Indoor Environment Professionals to learn and discuss the newest and most important issues that face our industry today.

The conference includes a wide range of sessions throughout the week, including discussions on professional development, plumbing and hydronics, building performance (including information on the latest home energy audit topics), industry business practices and many, many more. The conference also features “Learning Labs,” which are the heart of the ACCA Conference and what really sets it apart from other conferences and meetings. This year’s Learning Labs consist of more than 40 special educational sessions led by the nation’s top contractors and industry experts. We’re extremely excited about attending because the ACCA conference draws the highest caliber of industry presenters and the highest caliber of contractor attendees, which makes for very informative discussions both in-session and out.

Don Millard will be representing the Washington State ACCA Chapter (WaACCA) as the chapter President, at a meeting of the Local Chapters from across the country prior to the start of the general conference. These leaders, including Don, will be gathering to discuss best practices, general industry and business information and much more during these pre-conference meetings. I will also be participating in an annual planning session for the Building Performance Council as a member of that council. This council was set up in early 2012 by the ACCA with the intention of bringing building performance leaders together from all over the country to discuss ways to move that industry forward.

If you’d like to follow along with the conference, feel free to check out the ACCA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/accontractors) or Twitter account (https://twitter.com/acca_kevin) for the latest news and updates from the show. Also, our attendance at this event is part of our commitment to making investments that will further our organization’s knowledge and cutting edge work so we can continually improve for our customers in the Northwest region.

We will also be tweeting from the conference, so feel free to follow along at https://twitter.com/BelRedEnergy1 as well.

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