ACCA Sends Letter to D.C. Mayor Promoting the Value of Quality Installations

March 17, 2017

On Friday, March 17, ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, sent a letter to D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, highlighing the importance and value of quality installation practices have on HVACR efficiencies.
The D.C. government is proposing to create a green bank that would fund HVACR equipment upgrades for many of the District’s buildings. 
In the letter, Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO stated, “Increased energy efficiency is not as simple as exchanging older HVAC equipment for something with an ENERGY STAR label, because these systems are not “plug-and-play” systems like a refrigerator.”  

He goes on to say that, “It would be unfortunate for Washington, D.C., to provide millions of dollars supporting HVAC equipment upgrades and miss the opportunity to ensure that said equipment are installed properly and operating efficiently. D.C. can capitalize on its investment by following the quality installation practices that the industry has developed.”
ACCA has taken a leadership role on energy efficiency issues and developed the nationally-recognized quality installation standard for residential and commercial HVACR systems. ACCA developed the ANSI / ACCA 5 QI Standard (HVAC Quality Installation Specification) – the minimum design and installation requirements for residential and commercial HVAC applications – to address the efficiency degradations caused by the improper design, installation, and commissioning of HVAC systems.

You can read the full letter that was sent to Mayor Bowser at

If you have questions about this letter or any of ACCA's energy efficiency efforts, please contact Todd Washam, ACCA's director of industry relations at


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ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environment and energy services community. Our member firms are the nation's most professional contracting businesses, serving residential and commercial customers in every state. With roots stretching back a century, ACCA was incorporated in its present form nearly 50 years ago. Today, ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors throughout the nation. Learn more about ACCA here.