New Homes Program

QA logo flat 2014Contractors participating in the QA New Homes Program are eligible to install systems in new home construction projects that intend to apply for the ENERGY STAR label.

Builders: Click here to find an ENERGY STAR (QA New Homes) contractor.

QA New Homes was launched in 2011 after the Environmental Protection Administration invited ACCA to lead the way in developing a contractor accreditation program for ENERGY STAR 3.0.

The program supports ENERGY STAR efforts related to the installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for newly constructed Certified Homes (v3.0). This only made sense, since ACCA is the author of the ANSI-approved standards for Quality Installation and Verification Protocols on which utilities, regulators, code officials, and contractors rely for quality assurance.

Because ACCA is an organization of contractors who believe in the highest ethical standards, the QA Program was developed to be a rigorous program.

Builders and regulators can rest assured that participants in the ACCA QA program are the most likely contractors to complete an actual quality installation.

More than 700 contractors have qualified for the QA New Homes Program nationwide. Participation in QA New Homes requires that a contractor meet several baseline requirements (including licensing and certification), follow ANSI-approved standards when designing and installing HVAC equipment, and maintain paperwork and documentation related to each installation intended for the ENERGY STAR label.

ACCA verifies each participants’ licenses and credentials, and conducts random audits of all participants to ensure compliance.


Application Process

The QA application is a multi-step process.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Successful applicants can choose to participate in the New Homes program, the Existing Homes (RSI) program, or both. There is only one fee and one application process. QA is open to all contractors able to meet the requirements; ACCA membership is not required.


QA Program Fees

First Year Application & Participation Fee:

$800 ($600 ACCA members)
Click here to apply
Note: If your application is not accepted, your first year fee will be refunded less the $275 application fee.

Renewing Annual Participation Fee:

$525 ($325 ACCA members)
Click here to renew

RSI Verified Installation Certificate:

$45 per verified installation
For certificates authenticating the verification of a specific quality installation job in the Existing Homes (RSI) program.