TEC and RenewAire Team Factory Visit

Last month RenewAire hosted TEC customers and employees at their new LEED Gold office and manufacturing facility in Waunakee, WI. Participants were awarded PDH hours during this visit and helpful knowledge to pass on.

It was a two day event that started with a tour and tasting at the Ale Asylum Brewery in Madison, where everyone was delighted with the brew master’s concoctions and a host of tasty hors d’oeuvres. As a special treat everyone was shown the refrigeration side of the brewing process, which was to the delight of the HVAC team!

The next day started bright and early with RenewAire’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Nick Agopian giving a brief history of the company, and how they are represented in the world of IAQ. He stressed the importance of better air quality for the health and well-being of the world population. Up next was Product Manager Nishant Kanapilly; his main focus throughout the first part of his presentation was Federal and State codes and standards, and how they are encouraging everyone to go beyond the requirements for better IAQ. In the second part of the presentation he touched on the importance of zero air cross leakage and how the Energy Recovery Ventilator can affect payback.

This was the perfect time for Technical Support Manager, Dave Baldus to discuss how to utilize RenewAire. He spoke about installation faux pas and maximizing performance. For the participants to fully grasp RenewAire’s products and their performance, a factory tour showcasing the new production facility and LEED Gold HVAC plant took place. One of the highlights was a viewing of their new Dedicated Outdoor Air System that combines an ERV, heating and cooling in one system.

The day finished with Nishant and Nick giving a demonstration of their new CORES software selection tool that distributors, engineers and contractors have at their disposal.

All who attended this visit found it to be an informative and worthwhile day. Participants expressed that their visit will generate new ideas and sales. Future visits will be available.

For more information on RenewAire follow the link.


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 “Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Approved by Chicago’s City Council”

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

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 “Chicago Introduces Ordinance to Make Energy Use Benchmarking Mandatory”

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 “The Future of Commercial Building Efficiency”

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 “Illinois Energy Code Duct & Envelop Tester Website Launched”