HVAC Quality Installation Oversight Organizations (H-QUITOs) are independent, third party oversight organizations recognized by EPA to provide the required training and oversight activities for HVAC contractors participating in the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program (“ESCH”). EPA is interested in working with any organization that wants to participate in this role, provided that it meets the program specific criteria, submits an application to EPA, and abides by the program requirements.
To participate as an H-QUITO, an organization must meet the following criteria:
Organizations whose mission is to promote quality HVAC installations and energy efficient practices can expand their market reach and membership base by being recognized as an H–QUITO.
EPA supports H–QUITOs by listing them on the ENERGY STAR website and providing links to H–QUITO websites so that prospective contractors and verifiers can learn more about the H–QUITO and its services. EPA also works to facilitate communications with energy efficiency program sponsors, so H–QUITOs can increase the breadth and depth of their services.
H–QUITOs are responsible for credentialing HVAC contractor companies as having the capabilities necessary to complete the ENERGY STAR HVAC Checklists.
The ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program relies upon Raters to play the primary role in completing the HVAC–Rater Checklist, and relies upon the Rating industry (i.e., RESNET and RESNET accredited Providers) to establish qualification criteria and provide oversight over Raters, issue the ENERGY STAR label on the new home, and address homeowner complaints.
The table below shows that H–QUITOs provide many of the same oversight services for the ESCH program.
H–QUITO Roles and Responsibilities
An organization that is interested in becoming an H–QUITO must submit an Application for Recognition to EPA. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they meet the program’s eligibility criteria and can successfully perform the required roles and responsibilities set forth in the application and summarized above. EPA’s recognition of an H–QUITO relates solely and specifically to the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program and does not qualify the organization to implement or participate in other programs.
An agreement between EPA and an H–QUITO can be terminated if, after 60 days from EPA notice, deficiencies in program requirements are not resolved. For additional information on either program or to request an application, contact email@example.com or hvacVI@energystar.gov.