ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that its HVAC Business Partners program has more than doubled its 2013 project goal for implementing the national ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180 for Quality Maintenance (Standard 180 for QM).

The HVAC Business Partners program trains commercial HVAC contractors on how to profit from an expanded business model providing energy efficiency project development, and addresses primary factors affecting their customers’ HVAC operations and business decisions. The program helps contractors understand customer decision-making processes while providing a suite of marketing materials and support to help differentiate the Business Partners from their competition.

Contractors participating in the HVAC Business Partners program completed 1,227 Quality Maintenance projects in 2013, more than doubling the 600-project goal for the year. In addition, 116 technicians were trained, nearly twice the original target of 60, and 34 new partners joined the program, four more than the target.

In total, HVAC Business Partners provided services on more than 9,600 tons of rooftop air conditioning equipment, resulting in a savings of 1.53 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity. The savings is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by almost 300 average-sized homes annually.

NYSERDA said its Business Partners are trained to provide commercial HVAC diagnostic and inspection services that meet the requirements of Standard 180 for Quality Maintenance (QM). The partners use a detailed QM checklist with specialized diagnostic tools to measure, diagnose, and remedy refrigerant charge and airflow conditions in HVAC systems. This thorough approach ensures that each component functions optimally and contributes to the efficient operation of the entire HVAC system. These systems, when correctly maintained, are more efficient and have lower operating costs. A proactive maintenance plan also means fewer emergency calls for repair.

For additional information, visit HVAC firms interested in becoming a NYSERDA Business Partner should call 866-904-8027 or email

Publication date: 4/14/2014

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