What does the ACCA $1100 yearly fee for ENERGY STAR Version 3 go towards?
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America ACCA is charging an $1100 yearly fee to HVAC contractors to maintain compliance for doing ENERGY STAR homes.
The best HVAC contractor in town and the only one I would dream of using despite his higher prices was well on his way to obtaining the Q1 compliance to be an ENERGY STAR HVAC contractor. In one of the final webinars, they revealed that an 1100 dollar fee would be required every year.
He has done our homes for the past 3 years to a level beyond Version 3. Returns in every room, buckets of mastic resulting in the best duct blaster tests I’ve ever seen and possessing over 20k dollars in diagnostic equipment that most HVAC contractors have never heard of.
The reason for this fee that they took away from webinar organizers was to prevent “fly by night” contractors from doing this very important work. Despite staying plenty busy, they did only three ENERGY STAR homes this year and the only one in the works this year is an important new home for us.
Building energy efficient homes with the highest indoor air quality is our mission statement and goal. Using this contractor is one of the best and easiest ways for us to achieve this. He can’t justify paying an 1100$ yearly fee based on the number of ENERGY STAR homes he is doing and I completely understand.
This is an excessive yearly fee hurting small business, the EPA and ENERGY STAR program and the consumer. Does anyone have any better insight as to where that fee goes?