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Tracy Burleson

About Tracy Burleson

As Communications Director for the American Gas Association, Tracy serves as editor and publisher of American Gas magazine. In addition, she works to increase the visibility of natural gas in the residential market with a focus on opportunities to expand the use of natural gas in new construction. Her other responsibilities include projects to expand AGA’s work in the international energy community. Previously, Tracy served as director of residential programs at the Propane Educations & Research Council for nine years where she planned and executed the annual marketing and communications programs and instituted a formal training program for construction professionals. Tracy started her career as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Science in Consumer Sciences from the University of Alabama.

Tracy Burleson Join AGA at the 2018 International Builders’ Show in Orlando


In early 2018, the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will again co-locate at the Orange County Convention Center to create the fifth annual Design and Construction Week. This three-day, must-attend event for residential construction and design professionals will be take place January 9-11 in Orlando, Florida. One badge will provide access to all the exhibits with an estimated 80,000 attendees projected to attend.

The 2,800-square-foot natural gas industry exhibit will be the result of an important partnership between the American Gas Association (AGA) members and manufacturers of gas appliances demonstrating the latest, most innovative technologies available to consumers. Leading up to IBS and throughout the course of the show, AGA will use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our blog to promote the exhibit booth and manufactures.

We look forward to seeing you all in Orlando this coming January! If you are interested in supporting the natural gas industry efforts at IBS as a volunteer or manufacturer, please contact Tracy Burleson at

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Tracy Burleson NAHB International Builders’ Show 2017

IMG_0846The American Gas Association (AGA) is looking forward to the 2017 National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) taking place this Tuesday, January 10 through Thursday, January 12. This year, IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will co-locate at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida to create Design and Construction Week.

AGA’s exhibit booth will include 11 natural gas appliance manufacturers featuring the latest industry technology available to consumers and builders. This year’s manufacturers include Bevelo Gas & Electric Lights, Westport, BlueStar, FiveStar, Bradford White, Lennox Industries Inc., Navien, Rinnai Corporation, A.O. Smith, R.H. Peterson and Legendary Lighting.

Throughout the week, the AGA booth will be the site of new and exciting natural gas industry events. On Tuesday, January 10, the Florida Natural Gas Association will host the “Energy Boost” reception at 10:30 a.m. with fruit smoothies and healthy food. BlueStar will present multiple live cooking demonstrations on Tuesday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and again on Wednesday, January 11 at 1o a.m., 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday will also feature a reception hosted by the Energy Solutions Center beginning at 2 p.m.

Over the course of the week, AGA will use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote the American Natural Gas Industry Exhibit in booth W2519. In addition, AGA will give away a French Barrel Oak Fire Table from R.H. Peterson on Thursday, January 12 at 2 p.m. Forms will be available for all attendees at the booth throughout the week.

IBS 2017 promises to be a successful event delivering the largest number of building professionals in one location. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

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Tracy Burleson The International Builders’ Show 2016

More than 110,000 home builders, remodelers, architects, designers and suppliers attended the third annual Design & Construction Week (DCW) in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19 through 21. The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once-again co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center to offer an exhibition and educational experience for all facets of the residential construction industry.

IMG_0879In its 70th year at the show, the American Gas Association (AGA) partnered with 10 natural gas appliance manufacturers to feature the latest industry technology in a 2,500 sq. ft. exhibit booth, powered entirely by an EcoPower micro CHP unit. Other manufacturers included Rinnai, Navien, BlueStar, RH Peterson, Westport, Lennox, FiveStar, Marathon, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lighting, and Dettson West.

IMG_0846According to show organizers, many of this year’s new products focused on home technology and increased energy efficiency – two factors boosting the return of buyers to the new home market. This theme was reflected in the AGA booth with the addition of a Ford F-150 pickup truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), provided by Westport, as well as the introduction of Wi-Fi connectivity for new and existing natural gas tankless water heaters by Rinnai.

Westport and Rinnai

Another unique feature of the booth this year, was a colorful natural gas range and oven on display by BlueStar, designed in the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, rose quartz and serenity, just two of the more than 750 color choices consumers can select from when designing their own appliances.


Throughout the week AGA booth attendees had the opportunity to register to win a beautiful natural gas urn by RH Peterson. AGA would like to congratulate Carl Fernandez, of Prairieville, Louisiana, for being the lucky winner.


AGA looks forward to being a part of the 4th Annual DCW when IBS and KBIS join forces on January 10 through 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The two shows will continue to co-locate through 2022, alternating between Orlando and Las Vegas every two years. For information about next year’s show and beyond, contact Tracy Burleson at

For more photos of the Builders’ Show, check out AGA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Watch video highlights below.

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Tracy Burleson Ecopower Can Help Consumers Save Money on Utility Bills

Households across the Unites States that use natural gas for heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $840 less per year than homes using strictly electricity for those same appliances. The ecopower microCHP demonstrates how natural gas is not only clean, domestic and abundant, but may be more efficient and affordable as well.

Using a natural gas or propane fueled Marathon engine, the ecopower system is designed to produce heat while simultaneously co-generating electricity, essentially providing consumers with their own on-site power plant. While creating the thermal energy for space heating, domestic hot water and other appliances, the system is also producing electricity to supplement or replace the reliance on grid supplied energy, reducing your overall utility bill and saving you money.ecopower

Benefits of installing ecopower:

  • Provides heat and electrical power
  • Runs on low-cost natural gas
  • Reduces CO2 emissions
  • May reduce your energy bill


Producing 13,000 – 47,000 BTUs per hour, the ecopower system will modulate based on the thermal needs of the application. Sensors located in the buffer storage tank tell the engine when to slow down and speed up as needed, ensuring the unit runs as long as possible in order to create the 1.2 – 4.4kW of byproduct electricity per hour. Accordin to ecopower, any application with a large thermal demand, such as large homes, multi-family buildings, pools, hotels, sports facilities and nursing homes, is the ideal candidate for one or more ecopower units.

With an engine life of more than 40,000 hours and long service intervals, the Marathon Engine is the prime energy source for ecopower. Clean burning natural gas contributes to the long life and thermal efficiency of the system.

For more information, please visit or visit the American Gas Association booth C2615 at the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 19 through 21.

*Statements of fact or opinion in this blog post are the responsibility of ecopower alone and do not imply an opinion or endorsement on the part of the American Gas Association.







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