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PTCS Newsletter

July 2020 Edition (find this newsletter here)

Read all about limited time promotional HVAC incentives for residential and commercial equipment, summer remote heat pump training opportunities, new heat pump sizing calculators, sizing and lockout guides, new thermostat support sheets, new heat pump stickers, and PTCS mobile registry benefits.

Older Editions (find archived newsletters here)

Please contact ResHVAC@bpa.gov to request older editions of the newsletter.


Don’t see a training listed below that will work for you?  Please email the customer service team at ResHVAC@bpa.gov with your name, company, location, type of training, and desired training date(s). They will add you to the training list and contact you when there is an available training near you. If you are seeking training in the near future, please contact a PTCS trainer in your area.

Remote Trainings

Note: Remote trainings require completion of both a classroom and field portion prior to certification. The information below regards the classroom portion, which must be completed prior to scheduling the field portion.

PTCS Air Source Heat Pump     

Dates:   September 28, 2020           

Times: 7:30 am to 1:30 pm PDT

Location: Remote via Go To Training

RSVP Contact: Eli Caudill at eli.caudill@clearesult.com  

PTCS Duct Sealing      

No trainings at this time. Please contact a PTCS trainer in your area if you are interested in training. 

Reference Materials

Not sure if your ducted heat pump is a variable speed unit?  Reference the "Ducted Variable Speed Heat Pump Reference List" by clicking here and on the "Technical Support Materials" button above. A Reference Guide for Identifying VSHPs is also available by clicking here.

Need help setting thermostat controls?  Reference the Thermostat Support Sheets here and by clicking the “Need Technical Support Materials?” button above.

Air source heat pumps designated as Variable Refrigerant Flow/ Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRF/VRV) no longer qualify for residential air source heat pump measures. Reference the Products Designated VRF/VRV Air Source Heat Pumps for products and refer to the “Indoor Type – Column E” for the system configuration.

Prescriptive Duct Sealing Training now available:

Visit the PTCS Learning Management Site to create an account and register for the training.

In order to receive Prescriptive Duct Sealing certification a technician must watch all five modules and pass the final exam.

Admin/Sales and Heat Pump Sizing training videos now available:

Duct Sealing Admin/Sales:

Heat Pump Admin/Sales:

Heat Pump Sizing:

Registry Updates

Several updates are now live on the PTCS Online Registry. These updates streamline the project entry process and address user concerns. For more details about these improvements, please click here.

Three site details were moved to the measure details screen. The heated square footage and the existing and backup heating system types were relocated to the screen where you enter the measure details to decrease the number of errors and corrections.

Company Administrators are now able to enter projects for multiple technicians at their company. Please contact the PTCS Customer Service team at ResHVAC@bpa.gov or 1.800.941.3867 to ensure you have the appropriate permissions. 

Process updated for heat pump AHRI numbers that do not validate.

Users will be able to enter all the remaining measure details and the PTCS Customer Service Team will verify the project. This will save users the extra step of having to submit their project to the PTCS Team for entry.


Users are now able to enter a second duct sealing and heat pump for the same site address. This includes two separate heat pumps and two separate duct sealing projects.

The Owner Address information was removed from the entry screens and reports.

The Compressor Low Ambient Lockout (LAL) question and answers clarified to reduce confusion.

For further information or questions, please contact the PTCS Team at ResHVAC@bpa.gov

Marketing Materials

PTCS offers free marketing materials for contractors and utilities, available in English and Spanish without a username and password. Print and web ready. Check them out here!

The PTCS team developed two new brochures: Heat Pump Sizing Reference Guide and Lockouts, and Balance Points Reference Guide available hereThese materials are great quick references to keep on hand any time you need a reminder of PTCS guidelines related to sizing and lockouts. 

Utility customers, please visit the Energy Efficiency Marketing portal for customizable marketing materials. For more information or help with these materials, please contact ResHVAC@bpa.gov.















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