ABAA - Air Barrier Association of America
The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated in the State of Massachusetts in 2001 and consists of stakeholders in the building enclosure industry. Such stakeholders include manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, architects, engineers, contractors, researchers, testing & audit agencies, consultants and building owners. ABAA is focused on leading the industry into the future in a progressive and professional manner. We are the national voice of the air barrier industry in America.
AIVC - Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre
AIVC (Air infiltration and Ventilation Centre) is the IEA information centre on energy efficient ventilation.
Ventilation and air infiltration into buildings represent a substantial energy demand which can account for between 25% to over 50% of a building's total space heating (or cooling) needs. Unnecessary or excessive air change can therefore have an important impact on global energy use. On the other hand insufficient ventilation may result in poor indoor air quality and consequential health problems.
Designing for optimum ventilation performance is hence a vital part of building design. This task is made especially difficult, however, by the complexities of airflow behavior, climatic influences, occupancy patterns and pollutant emission characteristics.
In recognition of the significant impact of ventilation on energy use, combined with concerns over indoor air quality, the International Energy Agency (IEA) inaugurated the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre in 1979 (To be more precise, the AIVC is one of the annexes running under the Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Programme (http://www.iea-ebc.org/) which is one of the Implementing Agreements of the IEA). The AIVC offers industry and research organisations technical support aimed at optimizing ventilation technology. We offer a range of services and facilities, including comprehensive database on literature standards, and ventilation data.
BPA - Building Performance Association
The Building Performance Association 501(c)6 industry association dedicated to advancing the home and building performance industry by ultimately delivering improved energy efficiency, health, safety, and environmental performance of buildings. The Association was created to support home performance contractors, weatherization agencies and training centers, product manufacturers and distributors, program sponsors and implementers, building scientists, and non-profits focused on residential and commercial energy efficiency, including many others who together form the large and diverse network of stakeholders of the building performance industry. State and federal advocacy, education, programs, networking, publications, and community are the means by which the Association aims to support these groups.
The Association was formed through the re-alignment of three organizations, with a special linkage to Building Performance Institute, Inc. The Association now consists of the assets and staff from Efficiency First, Home Energy Magazine, and the Home Performance Coalition, which itself was the result of a merger of Affordable Comfort, Inc. and the National Home Performance Council (NHPC). There is a 17 member board of directors that is made up of representatives of the organizations that created the Association, plus a handful of at-large members.
BPI - Building Performance Institute
Many of the 130 million homes in this country were constructed before energy and building codes were established. These homes often suffer from performance problems ranging from energy consumption to poor thermal comfort to indoor air quality issues.
In response to these issues, the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) was founded in 1993. BPI has become the nation's premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work. BPI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The Habitat X Conferences have become a reliable point of connection for professionals from across all sectors of the energy and housing industries. These one-of-a-kind events offer an adaptable and productive venue in which thought leaders and decision makers create real working solutions for their organizations. The networking opportunities are strong and relevant.
We addressed key topics from our 2019 Habitat X Action Plan at the Summer National Conference:
- Advocacy and Politics
- Business of Healthy Homes
- Whirlwind Evolution of Modern Utilities
- Real Estate Valuation and Finance
- Building Performance and Product Development
- Climate and Environment
FSSA - Fire Suppression Systems Association
The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) is a not-for-profit trade association, drawing members domestic and internationally and is comprised of a blend of designer/installers, manufacturers, consultants, academics, and suppliers working together to share ideas and strategies for the benefit of the fire suppression systems industry. FSSA members are dedicated to the highest level of safety, reliability and effectiveness of special hazards fire suppression.
Home Diagnosis - TV Series
Home Performance Experts Grace and Corbett Lunsford created the first-ever series on measured home performance and building science, which airs on public television stations nationwide.
The six episodes of Season 1 were shot in cities across the U.S. as part of the Proof Is Possible Tour, and the show follows Corbett and Grace in the #TinyLab as they solve mystery problems of all types in homes new and old. Season 2 will feature 13 episodes exploring the invisible dynamics of physics and chemistry across the U.S. while Grace and Corbett build their own 3,000 sq. ft. home in Atlanta.
MDBPA - Maryland Building Performance Association
Maryland Building Performance Association (MDBPA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving Maryland’s building performance contractors and the general public with education, member services, industry advocacy and much more.
MDBPA's mission is to increase consumer participation in high performance construction of homes and buildings across Maryland by working with industry companies, professionals and stakeholders to improve policies and regulation, educate consumers, train our workforce and more.
Established in 1971, NEBB is the premier international certification association for firms that deliver high performance building systems. NEBB Certified Firms provide:
Testing, Adjusting and Balancing of Environmental Systems
- Building Systems Commissioning
- Technical Retro-Commissioning for Existing Buildings
- Sound Measurement and Vibration Measurement
- Building Enclosure Testing
- Fume Hood Testing
- Cleanroom Performance Testing
NCBPA - North Carolina Building Performance Association
High performance buildings are more healthy and comfortable to live and work in, are energy efficient, save water, offer greater durability and lower maintenance, and are more valuable than others.
NCBPA represents the companies and professionals that make North Carolina buildings perform better. Our members know that constructing and servicing high performance homes and buildings requires advanced training in building science, experienced and educated workers, an understanding of the latest code requirements and best practices, and cutting edge diagnostic tools fit for the job.
NYSWDA - New York State Weatherization Directors Association
The New York State Weatherization Directors Association is committed to developing new opportunities in support of its’ membership, linking sound public policy with the concepts of energy conservation and economic self sufficiency, resulting in safe, healthy, and affordable housing for low income families in New York State.
The corporation is organized for the following purposes:
- To establish the corporation as a leader within the energy conservation community;
- To associate its members together for their mutual benefit as directors of weatherization programs;
- To provide and disseminate educational, management, technical and other information to its members;
- To provide a process and voice through which its members may address problems;
- To represent its members point of view to state and federal agencies except to the extent provided under Section 501(h) of the Code as it may from time to time be amended.
- To act as an advocate for the right of all low income, elderly, and handicapped persons to live in safe, comfortable, energy efficient housing;
- To perform any and all things not inconsistent with law that affects the mutual interest of weatherization directors.
The association may undertake any and all other activities as are proper, reasonable, and desirable to carry into effect the purposes of the Association including, but not limited to, legal proceeding; rent, purchase, or otherwise hold real estate; solicit and receive contributions; contract with government units, firms and other organizations to procure or provide services or functions as per the contract; and to act as a liaison with other organizations of the membership.
RESNET - Residential Energy Services Network
The Residential Energy Services Network or RESNET is a not-for-profit, membership corporation that is governed by a board of directors (who are elected by membership).
In April 1995, the National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Rated Homes of America founded the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages.
RESNET is a recognized national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems in the United States involving:
- A consensus based standard development and amendment process
- Transparent review and adoption process
- Formal public review and comment process
RESNET created and maintains
- The HERS Index to allow for easy comparison of energy performance of homes
- The HERS H20 rating to compare indoor and outdoor water usage of homes
- National training and certification and quality assurance standards for Home Energy Raters
- Two American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards supporting energy and water efficiency in homes
- Four Standard Development Committees
SMACNA - Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) is an international trade association representing 1,834 member firms in 97 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil. A leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, SMACNA has offices in Chantilly, VA., which is outside of Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill.
Reasons behind TightVent Europe
- Envelope and ductwork airtightness represent a major challenge for the wide-scale implementation of nearly zero-energy buildings
- There is a growing interest for envelope and ductwork airtightness, because of evidence of energy and IAQ impacts, but:
- There is a lack of a good understanding of the present status, challenges and experience
- In less than 10 years from now, probably the majority of new European buildings will have to be assessed in terms of airtightness. It is far from clear now how this can be achieved in a cost effective way and with the support of the major stakeholders
- If well prepared and carefully implemented, the increased attention to airtightness will result in substantial improvements in the energy efficiency while guaranteeing good indoor climate and it might also be a driver for innovation
- If the appropriate conditions are not achieved, airtightness might be seen as another burden for the building sector without much added value
- Through a European collaboration in the context of TightVent, we believe that substantial progress can be achieved