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AERC Gears up for Semi- Annual Fall Meeting

To host sessions on automation, certification, marketing efforts, and more

NEW YORK (November 16, 2020) – The Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) is hosting its semi-annual members meeting in a virtual format from November 18-19. This meeting will gather important leaders in the window attachment space, from leading manufacturers, to government organizations, to utility companies. This 2-day virtual event will play host to engaging discussions around a next generation certification label, upcoming tax incentive opportunities, and early conversations about the launch of ratings and certification for automated window attachment products. Additionally, the AERC Fall Meeting will host members of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency who will present an award ceremony to announce the finalists and winners of the Lighting and Home for Tomorrow Competition, a nearly yearlong competition highlighting the best in lighting and window attachment products that connect to smart home systems.

“AERC is at a tipping point where many of its programs are coming into the market place,” said Ralph Vasami, Executive Director of AERC. “The Fall Meeting will serve as a great opportunity for key leaders in the industry and within the organization to gather and work to advance many elements for the next phases of developing the programs, the organization, and creating value for the industry over the next four years.”

A complete schedule and list of session descriptions are below:

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

1:00pm – 2:15pm ET

Welcome Program Update

This session will provide an update on AERC programs and strategic initiatives.

Federal Tax Credit 25C

As part AERC’s outreach, AERC is attempting to explore opportunities for window attachments to be included in the Federal Energy Tax Credit Program.

2:30pm – 3:30pm ET

AERC Automation Kick-Off Meeting

During this session, AERC’s automation goals and outcomes will be presented along with the proposed roadmap of the AERC Automation Program.

4:00pm – 5:00pm ET

AERC Certification Webinar on Commercial Secondary Windows, Awnings, and Roller Shutters

This session will provide key information on what you need to know when planning for the AERC window attachment certification process. While some information is relevant to all manufacturers interested in certifying, there will be a special focus on the new product categories introduced in 2020: commercial secondary windows, awnings, and roller shutters.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

1:00pm – 1:50pm ET

AERC Marketing/Label Redesign Committee 

The AERC Marketing Team will host a session covering top marketing and communication initiatives achieved throughout the last half of 2020 as well as an outlook on what’s next in 2021.  The session will speak to media outreach, the updated consumer website, the re-design process and consumer survey project undertaken to complete the residential label. The AERC Marketing Team will offer a look ahead at what’s next in 2021 including the completion of the residential label, the launch of the awning and roller shutter program and the marketing action items planned for its promotion, and more.

CEE Lighting & Home for Tomorrow Competition Updates       

The AERC Marketing Team will provide a high-level overview of its partnership with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) on the Lighting & Home for Tomorrow competition. During the presentation, the team will highlight AERC members who entered projects in the competition, any winners, and major takeaways from this year-long competition.

2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

AERC Certification Committee Meeting

The Certification Committee, AERC’s member group responsible for creating and managing its certification standards, will review, discuss, and vote on any proposed updates to the standards (AERC 100, 300, 301, 302, and 400).

3:30pm – 4:30pm ET

AERC Outreach and Utility Working Group

The AERC Utility Working Group will hold its normal monthly meeting, and share updates and information related to conference attendance and utility outreach.

For more information about the AERC Energy Rating Program, or to find the right energy-efficient window attachment(s) for your building, visit the AERC Certified Product Database at www.aercenergyrating.org. The product search allows you to enter your product preferences, and then shows products that best fit your needs.

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November 16, 2020