Smart Tools for Efficient HVAC Performance Campaign

What is the Smart Tools for Efficient HVAC Performance Campaign

The Smart Tools for Efficient HVAC Performance (STEP) Campaign is an initiative designed to encourage and support the use of smart diagnostic tools that allow residential HVAC technicians to quickly and easily install and commission new HVAC systems and identify and troubleshoot energy-wasting faults in existing systems. The STEP Campaign serves as a national platform for sharing information and recognizing successes of key stakeholders, including HVAC contractors and installers, utilities, energy-efficiency programs, trainers, and others.

Goals of the STEP Campaign

  • Encourage and support use of smart diagnostic tools as a component of quality HVAC system installation or maintenance
  • Provide resources and technical assistance on smart diagnostic tools
  • Encourage use of other connected commissioning technology (i.e. embedded AFDD, third-party leave in AFDD, etc.)
  • Recognize organizations for adoption or support of smart diagnostic tools
  • Document and share best practices, challenges, and lessons learned 

Benefits of Joining the STEP Campaign

  • Access to resources, including guidance documents, case studies, utility incentive lists, and educational webinars.
  • Learn how contractors are improving their business operations through adoption of smart diagnostic tools. 
  • Access technical assistance from experts at the U.S. Department of Energy and its network of national laboratories who can answer your questions related to smart diagnostic tools.  
  • Demonstrate your organization’s leadership and help build the body of knowledge around these tools.
  • Get recognized for your organization’s support of smart diagnostic tools.

How Do I Get Involved in the STEP Campaign?

To get involved with the STEP Campaign, you can join as a Campaign Partner or contact the STEP Campaign team.

Campaign Partners

Campaign Organizers include Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Building Performance Association (BPA), Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), North American Technician Excellence (NATE), Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Campaign Partners include heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors, smart HVAC diagnostic tool developers, smart probe and gauge manufacturers, utilities, energy efficiency program implementers, weatherization organizations, and others. Organizers serve as advisors for the campaign and Partners are organizations that participate in or support the campaign. Learn more about STEP Campaign Partners and Organizers.  

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