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Building Components and Systems

Examine house systems and learn what to look out for, which tests to conduct when, and what types of equipment you can use. Sections that have not been drafted yet are listed, but not linked, below.


Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Domestic Hot Water (DHW)


Appliances and Miscellaneous Electric Loads (MELs)

  • Major Appliances
  • Smaller Appliances, Home Electronics, Other Plug Loads

Home Energy Management (HEM)

  • Advanced Power Strips
  • HVAC Controls
  • Lighting Controls
  • Smart Thermostats
  • Whole-Home Controls Interoperability / Communications
  • Interactions with Smart Meters
  • Home Area Network (HAN)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging


Renewable Energy