STEP Campaign Resources

Access resources offered by the Smart Tools for Efficient HVAC Performance Campaign.

STEP Fact Sheet

Get more information about the benefits of smart diagnostic tools.

STEP Utility Program Case Study

How a group of utilities and energy-efficiency service providers designed a program to incentivize adoption of smart diagnostic tools.

STEP Contractor Case Study

This case study combines the experiences of three contractors who integrated smart diagnostic tools into their business.

E3 Initiative: A Buildings Initiative focused on better energy, emissions, and equity

The Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3 Initiative) focuses on advancing the research, development, and national deployment of clean heating and cooling systems that include heat pumps, advanced water heaters, low-to-no global warming potential refrigerants, and smarter HVAC diagnostic tools in residential and commercial buildings. 

Automated Fault Detection & Diagnostics: Residential Market Analysis

This report provides an overview of the market potential for automated fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD) in the residential sector, focusing on embedded AFDD in central air conditioners (CAC) and air-source heat pumps (ASHP) as well as the use of smart diagnostic tools to ensure quality installation of CAC/ASHP equipment. The contents include background on AFDD, stakeholder engagement efforts, a technology assessment of AFDD and smart diagnostic tools, residential CAC and ASHP market trends, a characterization of the CAC and ASHP installed base, a synopsis of utility provider programs, and market barriers.

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Quality Standards

ACCA’s Quality Standards outline precisely the procedures that contractors should follow when designing, installing, maintaining, repairing, and verifying indoor environment systems. 

ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation

The ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI) program helps homeowners identify contractors who install heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment using the ESVI guidelines. ESVI guidelines are based on the Air Conditioning Contractors of America's (ACCA) HVAC Quality Installation Standards and are recognized as an American National Standard.