August 8, 2013

Send ACCA Your Comments on BSR/ACCA 12 QH-201x - "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement"

Submit your comments on 'ACCA 12' by September 2, 2013

Malta, NY, August 8, 2013 - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has issued a Call for Comments on its revised energy auditing standard, BSR/ACCA 12 QH -201x "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement," in accordance with the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI's) 45 day public review period protocol. The 45 day period started on July 19, 2013 and will end on September 2, 2013. BPI encourages all industry stakeholders to review ACCA's revised standard and provide comments (see links below) prior to the September 2nd deadline.

The standard, commonly referred to as ACCA 12, is presented to the home performance industry as an alternative to BPI's BPI-1100-T-2012 Home Energy Auditing Standard. BPI-1100 provides the requirements for a building science-based evaluation of existing detached single-family dwellings and townhouses. ACCA 12's scope is broader than the energy audit, going into areas not generally included in an energy audit. It sets as a mandatory minimum a wide range of inspections and diagnostic tests that are not typical of current practice and could cause hardship to contractors if adopted by programs.

According to ACCA, comments may be submitted only on the red-lined changes to the normative portions of the standard (§1 - §7 and Appendix A). ACCA will not consider comments to the unchanged portions of the document, which are provided for context and therefore are not available for public comment at this time.

Click here to review the red-lined version of ACCA 12. Please use ACCA's response form to submit comments on the revised standard. Email the completed comment form to and note in the subject line "QH Standard Public Comment from {your last name}."

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