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How to Become an HVAC Quality Installation Training and
Oversight Organization

HVAC Quality Installation Training and Oversight Organizations (H-QUITOs) are the independent, third-party oversight organizations that will provide the required training and oversight activities for HVAC contractors. EPA is interested in working with any organization that wants to participate in this role, provided that it meets the criteria, submits an application to EPA, and abides by the program requirements. Note that EPA�s recognition of H-QUITOs relates solely and specifically to the ENERGY STAR for New Homes program and does not qualify the organization to implement or participate in other programs. Further, recognition by EPA as an H-QUITO does not imply ENERGY STAR partnership or certification, nor give the organization rights to use of the ENERGY STAR logo. In addition, participating HVAC contractors shall not represent themselves as ENERGY STAR partners and may not use the logo. For more information about HVAC contractors� role in ENERGY STAR for Homes.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for HVAC QUALITY INSTALLATION TRAINING AND OVERSIGHT ORGANIZATIONS:

  • 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation, as recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service;
  • Open participation policy;
  • Governing Board of Directors or Executive Committee; and
  • Not be directly involved in the selling, installing, and/or maintaining of HVAC equipment.
  • Ability to serve HVAC contractors on a national level

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES for HVAC QUALITY INSTALLATION TRAINING AND OVERSIGHT ORGANIZATIONS:

A petitioning H-QUITO must submit an application for recognition to EPA that describes and provides documentation of the organization�s approach to conducting the following activities:

  • Developing and delivering awareness/orientation training on ENERGY STAR Version 3 requirements for HVAC contractors;
  • Developing and maintaining a credentialing participation program for HVAC contractors who demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively deliver the services required to complete the ENERGY STAR HVAC QI checklist;
  • Reviewing and approving HVAC contractor credentialing applications for participation (and providing copies to EPA upon request);
  • Requiring that contractors to be credentialed attend orientation training on ENERGY STAR Version 3 requirements; and maintain written policies and documentation detailing how they will adhere to and verify that their work complies with the requirements of the ENERGY STAR HVAC QI checklist;�
  • Maintaining a database and a publicly-available, on-line list of credentialed participating contractors;
  • Maintaining a participating contractor dispute resolution process that includes procedures for investigation of complaints, contractor probation, dismissal, and appeals;
  • Conducting periodic quality assurance (QA) of participating contractors; and
  • Providing periodic reports to EPA on program administration, quality assurance, and dispute resolution activities.

An H-QUITO that has been recognized by EPA can be terminated if, after 60 days from EPA notice, deficiencies in program requirements are not resolved.� For additional information or to request an application, contact energystarhomes@energystar.gov.