ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has submitted a letter to the Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) enumerating its objections to BPI’s four proposed American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-intended standards on installation and service of residential HVAC systems, noting that the standards duplicate existing ANSI-recognized ACCA standards.

ANSI Standards Action announced on April 27 that BPI is planning to develop four ANSI-intended standards — BPI Standards 1301, 1302, 1303, and 1304 — related to the installation and maintenance of HVAC equipment. According to ANSI rules, industry stakeholders and other affected parties have 30 days from the time of the notice to advise BPI of concerns related to conflicts or duplications with existing standards or with other ongoing efforts. The deadline for response is May 25.

ACCA stated that it sent a letter to BPI requesting that it stop moving forward and identify what needed changes are deemed necessary for the five existing ANSI-recognized standards — ANSI/ACCA 4 QM-2007, ANSI/ACCA 5 QI-2010, ANSI/ACCA 6 QR-2007, ANSI/ACCA 9 QIvp-2011, and ANSI/ACCA 12 QH-2011. The ACCA letter also lists third-party adoption examples of these standards.

If BPI decides to continue with its efforts that ACCA considers duplicative, the letter requests that the parties proceed with an ANSI requirement for deliberation between BPI and other stakeholders to show a compelling need for BPI’s proposed standards.

Publication date: 05/21/2012