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 as a national standard.

ACCA notes that HVAC systems have a significant impact 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, “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 of the main participants in the verification process - contractors, verifiers, and administrators.

QI verification efforts may be implemented by trade associations, municipalities, utilities, equipment manufacturers, or groups of HVAC contractors seeking to differentiate themselves.

The standard is available for purchase online at or by calling 888-290-2220. For more information about ACCA’s Quality Installation and Quality Maintenance programs, visit or contact Glenn Hourahan at

Publication date:03/30/2009