TEC Stocks IECC 2015 Energy Code Compliant Equipment

TEC stocks the largest array of commercial IECC 2015 energy code compliant equipment in the Chicagoland area.  Along with this we have the expertise to make sure the equipment we sell you meets the IECC 2015 energy code.

Stock in TEC’s Chicagoland Warehouses:

  • IECC 2015 Compliant Carrier and Bryant RTU’s up to 25 tons
  • IECC 2015 Compliant Carrier RTU’s with Staged Air Volume (SAV) for energy savings
  • Curb adapters matching Carrier and other competitors equipment
  • IECC 2015 Compliant Carrier and Bryant Split Systems up to 25 tons
  • IECC 2015 Compliant Code Compliant Economizers with Ultra Low Leak Dampers and Fault Detection
  • IECC 2015 Compliant Code Complaint Programmable Thermostats



TEC & NEC Residential Territory Managers Receive BPI Certificate of Knowledge of Building Science Principles

All Residential Territory Managers at Temperature Equipment Corporation and National Excelsior Company, in all states, now hold the BPI Certificate of Knowledge of Building Science Principles. This means that our staff now has the expert knowledge of how building science interacts with the overall performance of a customer’s home. This program has provided Territory Managers with expertise on understanding the relationships between the following key systems within a home:

  • Building envelope
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Insulation
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Lighting
  • Appliances
  • Other systems

Territory Managers at both TEC and NEC possess the fundamental knowledge and understanding of how these systems affect the comfort, health, and safety of your customers, as well as the durability and energy efficiency of the home itself.

Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Approved by Chicago’s City Council

Chicago’s City Council passed the energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance on Sept.11.  In adopting a new chapter of the Municipal Code we are launching a new chapter in Chicago’s path to being the most livable, competitive and sustainable city.  Information unlocks markets and this new legislation will bring cost savings, reduced environmental impact and new economic opportunity.  In the near term the City will Continue reading

TEC Now Stocks GE Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters to Meet DOE Rules

TEC is proud to now stock General Electric’s GeoSpring Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters.  The new 2015 DOE rules require all 55+ gallon electric water heaters to be rated with an energy factor (EF) of nearly 2.0 (depending on tank volume).  Electric resistance water heaters are generally less than 0.95 with a technology maximum of EF 1.0 and hence will be prohibited by law.  In a year and a half, heat pumps will be the only viable Continue reading

Chicago Introduces Ordinance to Make Energy Use Benchmarking Mandatory

To further cement Chicago’s status as a center for sustainability and green jobs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today introduced an ordinance that would require the city’s largest buildings to benchmark their energy use and authorize the City to disclose the energy efficiency for these buildings publicly.  Below are the highlights as described by Benny Skelton of ASHRAE.  The Mayor’s press release can read at the link below. Continue reading

The Future of Commercial Building Efficiency

Check out this article in the ACHR News if you want a glimpse of the future of energy efficiency (see link below).  I will warn you that it is not sexy new HVAC products for you to sell.  It is all about the building functioning as a complete system.  It is written jointly by Dick Lord of Carrier (he is a Carrier Fellow with 40 years at Carrier engineering), Drake Erbe of Airxhange (he is the alpha dog there) and Robert Wilkins of Danfoss (former president of the company).  They are part of a new AHRI committee setup to focus on the energy efficiency of systems as a whole, not specific products. Continue reading

New ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Standard Increases Residential Ventilation Requirements

The latest version of ASHRAE Standard 62.2, which is published every three years and is the standard that forms the backbone of most ventilation codes, has some new significant changes.  The first of which is an increase to the minimum mechanical ventilation requirements for residential homes.  The second is a requirement for carbon monoxide detectors.  Click here to read about the updates or click here to download the latest version of the standard from the ASHRAE Bookstore.

Illinois Energy Code Duct & Envelop Tester Website Launched

MEEA, on behalf of Illinois Home Performance and IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), is putting together a list of individuals qualified to conduct blower door and duct leakage tests in the state of IL. In January of 2013 the state energy code will be updated to a state-specific version of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The testing provision in the new code (Section R402.4.1.2) requires that a blower door test be conducted to make sure the home reaches the acceptable level of 5ACH50 as modified by the state of IL. Ducts must also be tested when partially outside of conditioned space.

In an effort to make this transition easier for builders and inspectors, we are putting together Continue reading

Minimum Water Heater Efficiency will Increase in 2015

Our recent articles about the boiler and furnace efficiency changes have led to folks asking about other HVAC related products.  There are several equipment types in the DOE’s sights, but I believe that the only one finalized is the water heater ruling.  The below will go into effect on April 16, 2015.  On the gas side, 40 and 50 gallon water heaters will have to meet the current Energy Star levels and larger tanks will be “near condensing” type units.  On the electric side, heaters above 55 gallons will have to be heat pumps (it is the only way to get above an EF rating above 1.0).  The details are below or you can click here to learn more. Continue reading

Statewide Illinois Energy Code Goes into Effect on Jan.1, 2013

The state has adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as its energy code. All residential buildings in the state (including those in the City of Chicago) must comply. All commercial buildings must also comply with the new code also, except in Chicago where they have been permitted to adopt a more stringent code if they wish (but IECC 2012 is still the minimum). Illinois has made a few amendments to the IECC 2012, such as Continue reading

New Boiler Efficiency Standards are Now in Effect

Most of you have heard me preaching about this for over a year, but the new boiler standards are now in effect as of two weeks ago.  The main highlights are:

  • Enacted on 12/19/2007 as part of Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
  • Effective Sept. 1, 2012 for boilers
  • 82% AFUE minimum for hot water
  • 80% AFUE minimum for steam
  • No standing pilot
  • Means for automatic water temp adjustment…generally OA Reset strategies

If you like reading 37 page legal documents or you don’t believe me, then read more here.   There are also big changes coming for furnace and water heater efficiency, so visit our site again soon for more details.