Home Performance Standard Approved by ANSI

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National standard establishes the minimum requirements to evaluate a home and recommend improvements in energy efficiency, water conservation, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality.

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

This new standard provides clear guidelines for how to properly evaluate homes, provide homeowners with appropriate solutions, and then perform the work.

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Educational Institute Standards Task Team announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has recognized the ACCA 12 QH-2011 standard, "Existing Homes Evaluation and Performance Improvement."

ACCA 12 QH-2011 was developed by ACCA in the cooperation with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and is the first, and only, industry-developed, nationally-recognized standard that establishes how to audit, evaluate, develop a scope of work, perform the work approved by a home owner, and test the completed work.

“ACCA is proud to offer the home performance community the first standard for existing homes that is in line with our other ANSI recognized standards," said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA President and CEO. "This new standard provides clear guidelines for how to properly evaluate homes, provide homeowners with appropriate solutions, and then perform the work. And, by requiring third-party verification to ensure that the work was performed correctly, it gives more credibility to the contractors who are following the standard and sets them apart.”

“We were happy to work with ACCA to create this standard for existing homes,” says Steve Baden, executive director of RESNET. “RESNET will use the standard as the foundation for its Energy Smart Contractor designation. Having an ANSI standard for existing home performance improvement will make the entire industry stronger as a whole.”

The ACCA 12 QH-2011 "Existing Homes Evaluation and Performance Improvement" is available for free download at http://www.acca.org/quality and will be available in print format for purchase soon.

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the professional indoor environment and energy services community. Founded more than 40 years ago, today ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors in every state in the country. Learn more at http://www.acca.org.

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