National Home Performance Conferences: A History of Energizing the Industry

February 01, 2018
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In this issue you are reading articles on topics that will be presented, by the authors, at the National Home Performance Conference in Philadelphia next month. Cory Chovanec wrote on Zone Pressure Diagnostics, Claire Miziolek on the smart home for contractors, and John Tooley submitted the “Back Porch” feature at the back of the magazine.

We hope that these pieces make you hungry for more and that we will see you there! In addition to the great content presented in these pages, you will hear from 200 of these author’s colleagues in 155+ sessions and workshops, over 16 tracks—all under one roof.

Check out our conference program pages at to create your custom schedule, so that you can make all of your hard choices in advance. You might want to take the same approach when planning for your free time in Philadelphia, a world-class city waiting for you to explore.


Our conference and trade show’s history is rooted in Pennsylvania. We got our start in Pittsburgh, where we still have an office, and our conference alternated between our hometown and Philadelphia for a number of years in our early days. We are thrilled to be back in the City of Brotherly Love for the first time since 1994! It’s HISTORY, and not just ACI and HPC history, but all sorts of HISTORY that makes this city such a great place for you to visit.


OUR NATIONAL HISTORY Just 15 minutes away on foot is the Old City, home to some of American’s most historic locations like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and Christ Church. The neighborhood is also home to great museums such as The Museum of the American Revolution, the National Liberty Museum, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. While in the Old City, check out the City Tavern—founded in 1773, it was the favorite restaurant and bar for many famous revolutionaries, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, and more. Cheers!

MUSICAL HISTORY The famed “Philadelphia Sound” accounts for some of the best soul music in American history. Artists like Chubby Checker, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, and Hall & Oates helped define this sound, which is a critical part of our national soundtrack.

Two institutions—American Band Stand and The World Café—are Philadelphia products. While you are in town, hit one of the many legendary venues around the city and you will see why Philadelphia is a world-class music city.

CULINARY HISTORY. Philadelphia is one of the best food cities on the planet—period. While you are here there is no excuse for not eating well (and a lot). Directly across the street from the hotel is the historic Reading Terminal Market—part farmer’s market, part food hall—this is a must visit. Also within walking distance is a treasure trove of amazing restaurants.

While in Philadelphia, some things are a must—cheesesteaks (not just for tourists), roast pork, hoagies, and Italian Food. For the Italian experience, head to the Italian Market section of South Philly. This neighborhood is home to Italian grocers, specialty food stores (like the legendary Di Bruno Brothers), and of course restaurants—including Ralph’s, the longest running Italian restaurant in America. We are only scratching the surface here; the city’s culinary options will satisfy any palate.

This city (and this conference) has such a rich HISTORY—we invite you to make a bit of your own with us in April!

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