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Project: Residential Performance Tested Comfort Systems and HVAC Research
Bonneville Power Administration
In 2010-2011, Research Into Action led a team that conducted an evaluation of Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) protocols. PTCS is a certification program targeting residential heat pumps and duct systems. PTCS installation contractors receive training and submit each job to a registry maintained by the Program Contractor. Through the evaluation, BPA sought information that could help increase PTCS measure activity and stakeholders' satisfaction with the program, reduce program costs, mitigate program barriers, and improve the evaluability of the program and the program functionality for contractors. To achieve these goals, we: 1) reviewed BPA's PTCS program and other HVAC offerings, its program data and documentation, and best practices used by national and regional utilities in their duct sealing and heat pump programs; 2) interviewed program stakeholders and BPA customer utility stakeholders about their approach to HVAC offerings, how the PTCS program fit into their efficiency program portfolio, and the PTCS program's strengths and opportunities for improvement; 3) surveyed trade allies about their experience with the program; and 4) estimated the program's cost-effectiveness.