HVAC Quality Installation Training and 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 Residential New Construction program. 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:
- Status as a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation
- Ability to provide oversight services across the continental United States
- Not directly involved in the selling, installing, and/or maintaining of HVAC equipment.
- Maintain a governing Board of Directors or Executive Committee with no single entity predominating
- Operate a credentialing/oversight program that allows for open participation by any qualified HVAC contractor regardless of membership status in a trade organization, union, or other exclusive body
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.
Roles and Responsibilities
H-QUITOs are responsible for credentialing HVAC contractor companies as having the capabilities necessary to complete the ENERGY STAR HVAC Checklists.
The ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction program relies on Energy Rating Companies (ERCs) to play the primary role in reviewing key elements of the HVAC Design Report and verifying discrete attributes of the installed HVAC system. EPA also relies on Home Certification Organizations (HCOs) to oversee ERCs, issue the ENERGY STAR label for new homes and apartments, and address homeowner complaints.
The table below shows that H-QUITOs provide many of the same oversight services for the ENERGY STAR program.