ARLINGTON, Va. - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Educational Institute has released a new standard for determining whether or not an HVAC system has been installed properly. The HVAC Quality Installation Verification Protocols (QIVP) have been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a national standard.

According to ACCA, HVAC systems have a significant effect on home energy costs. One step to reducing these costs is to verify that HVAC systems have been installed in accordance with ACCA’s ANSI standard for HVAC Quality Installation Specification. The QIVP explains how to conduct this verification and establishes the minimum requirements to evaluate HVAC system installations.

The QIVP’s requirements include minimum sampling rates, evaluation procedures, and documentation. It also defines the primary roles and responsibilities for the main participants in the verification process - contractors, verifiers, and administrators.

Trade associations, municipalities, utilities, equipment manufacturers, or groups of HVAC contractors seeking to differentiate themselves may implement QI verification efforts.

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Publication date:04/06/2009