The AERC Fall Meeting is scheduled for October 23, 24, & 25 in New York City.

Weds. Oct 23

  • Board Meeting (afternoon)
  • Special Event  – Speaker Series 6:00 PM

Thurs. Oct 24

  • Full Day

Fri. Oct 25

  • 1/2 Day (morning)

Please note:

  1. This is a preliminary agenda. Sessions and time slots may be subject to change.
  2. All participants must register to attend the meeting.
  3. All sessions except for the Board of Directors meeting are open to all registered attendees.
Wednesday, October 23rd
Board of Directors Meeting (Board members only)

Staff Facilitator: Connor O’Rourke

Location: Kellen NYC Office – 355 Lexington Ave 15th Floor


3:00 – 5:00 pm



Thursday, October 24th


7:30 – 8:30 am


Welcome, Introductions, and Program Update
Speakers: Ralph Vasami (Executive Director) and Erika Burns (Program Manager) 
8:30 – 9:00 am
Opening Keynote

Samuel Medina, Editorial Director,  Metropolis Magazine


9:00 – 9:40 am


9:40 – 10:00 am
Residential Program: What you need to know about certifying

Staff Facilitators: Erika Burns and Lucy Albin

Description: Are you interested in, planning for, or in the midst of the AERC window attachment certification process? This session will provide key information on what you need to know and plan for, as well as insights from those who have already certified products.

Send questions and suggestions in advance to Lucy Albin


10:00 – 10:30 am


Residential Program Marketing and Market Impact

Staff Facilitators: Paul Hagar and Danielle Meyer

Description: This session will provide additional background on AERC’s marketing efforts, including tools for certified products and how they are being used in the market today.


10:30 – 11:00 am


Rapid-fire: Window attachment utility programs

Staff Facilitator: Gabe Duarte

Speakers: Mei Poon (Consolidated Edison, NY), Natalie Fish (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance), Stacy Lambright (Hunter Douglas, working with Xcel Energy, CO), David Bailey (Larson, working with Focus on Energy Wisconsin), Gabe Duarte, (AERC, working with Baltimore Gas & Electric, MD)

Description: Utility and efficiency partners and AERC members working on window attachment utility incentive programs will review programs in progress and in the pipeline for 2020.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm
U.S. Department of Energy Update

Speaker: Marc LaFrance

Description: An update on the status of the U.S. Department of Energy and its impact on AERC.

12:00 – 12:10 pm
Lunch 12:10 – 1:00 pm
Attachments Operation Schedule Working Group Meeting: Residential Automation Rating Roadmap

Staff Facilitator: Gabe Duarte

Description: The Attachments Operation Schedule Working Group, which operates as a specialized group under the Technical Committee, is currently charged with developing the technical basis for an AERC Automation Rating – a new element of the AERC window attachment certification program expected to launch in 2020. The ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management System program will include window attachments with AERC automation ratings. This group worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to perform analysis of various automated window attachment operation schedules. This session will remind attendees of the background, include a working group member-only vote, and the rest of the time will be used to map out the automation rating program next steps and timeline.


1:00 – 2:00 pm
AERC Opportunities

Speaker: Erika Burns (AERC staff)

Description: Two new opportunities have arisen over the past couple months for AERC to offer funding, resources, and technical support to advance awareness and data supporting window attachment energy savings. The first is the Consortium for Energy Efficiency’s Connected Homes Competition and the second is the General Services Administration/ Department of Energy’s Green Proving Ground program. Attendees will hear an overview of the opportunities and discuss whether they are a good fit for AERC to pursue.

2:00 – 2:20 pm


2:20 – 2:35 pm
Commercial Update

Speaker: Erika Burns (AERC staff)

Description: A brief update on the status of AERC’s Commercial Committee and all commercial-sector efforts.

2:35 – 2:45 pm
ORNL Commercial Energy Modeling Findings
Staff Facilitator: Lucy AlbinSpeaker: Mahabir Bhandari (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Description: Background and results from an energy and daylight modeling project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal of this project was to generate energy savings and comfort metrics for window attachments used in commercial buildings, from offices to hospitality.


2:45 – 3:30 pm
AERC Commercial Window Attachment Marketing

Staff Facilitators: Paul Hagar and Danielle Meyer

Description: This session will provide an update on AERC’s commercial-sector focused marketing and communications efforts, focusing on developing educational resources and hosting speaker events for the design community. All are encouraged to participate and brainstorm new ideas.


3:30 – 3:50 pm
Commercial Secondary Window Working Group Meeting

Staff Facilitators: Erika Burns and Lucy Albin

Description: The Secondary Window Working group (formerly Secondary Glazing System Working Group) was formed this year to plan a certification program for commercial secondary windows (aka secondary glazing systems or commercial storm windows/ window panels) based off of the work already completed for the residential program. The working group will review the technical ratings and certification concept, review feedback from the market on the concept, vote on the final technical details, and plan out next steps to incorporate the working group’s decisions into AERC’s technical standards and launch the program in 2020.


3:50 – 4:50 pm
Happy Hour

Location:  Papillon – 22 E 54th Street, NY

Network with fellow meeting attendees over drinks at a local bar.


5:15 pm




Friday, October 25th
Breakfast 8:15 – 9:00 am


National Lab Window Attachment Field Study Results

Staff Facilitator: Gabe Duarte

Speakers: Katie Cort (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Mahabir Bhandari (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), and Charlie Curcija (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Description: Representatives from AERC’s national lab partners will share updates on their to-be-published energy savings research work on roller shades and cellular shades.


9:00 – 9:30 am
Certification Committee Working Meeting

Staff Facilitator: Lucy Albin

Description: The Certification Committee, AERC’s member group responsible for creating and managing its certification standards, will review and vote on any proposed updates to the certification standards (AERC 100, 300, 301, 302, and 400). Please send proposed edits to Lucy Albin by October 16 for consideration.

9:30 – 10:30 am


10:30 – 10:45 am
Technical Committee Working Meeting: Residential Awnings

Staff Facilitator: Erika Burns

Description: This committee working meeting will include two parts:

1.        Presentation by Dr. Charlie Curcija (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). Dr. Curcija will provide an overview of LBNL’s technical model development for awning ratings

2.        Committee meeting and discussion to review AERC 1 awning section drafted in 2018. The group will discuss which technical ratings (U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Cool Climate Rating, Warm Climate Rating, etc.) apply to awnings and any changes that may need to be incorporated into the AERC 1 or AERC 2 standards.


10:45 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 – 12:45 pm
Staff Office Hours
Staff Facilitator: Lucy AlbinDescription: AERC staff will be available to discuss company-specific topics and needs, from certification planning, budgeting, to marketing plans and outreach to customers or suppliers. Contact Lucy Albin to reserve a time slot.
12:45 –2:30 pm

The meeting will located at:

Omni Berkshire Place
21 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022