The Participating Energy Efficiency Contractor (PEEC) Network is a resource for utilities and homeowners, providing a web-based listing of contractors trained to properly install and maintain high-efficiency equipment offered through utility energy efficiency programs. PEEC Network contractors must provide business license, proof of insurance, and a relevant third-party technical certification as well as agreeing to participate in post-installation third-party verification of their work
High Efficiency HVAC Rebates are also available for ComEd electricity customers! Keep your cooling system running at peak performance by having a ComEd Smart Ideas participating independent contractor perform an annual tune-up on your central air conditioning unit or assist in the installation of a new AC unit.
The PEEC Network currently has the following contractors qualified in Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Insulating, and Plumbing that can help homeowners to install high-efficiency upgrades that qualify for program rebates (please click the header to expand the contractor list and scroll through to find a contractor near you):
Not 3rd party certified? No problem. No problem. The four required certifications will help distinguish you and your company as leaders in the field. Below is a quick guide on each of the four certifications. As always, the most up to date information on trainings is available at www.illinoishomeperformance.org/trainingcalendar.
BPI Heating Professional
BPI does not require training for any BPI certification; you just have to pass the written and field exams under the direction of a BPI proctor. The BPI Heating Professional certification builds on the BPI Building Analyst certification and is a requirement for HVAC companies looking to become BPI Accredited. The BPI Heating Professional certification covers HVAC sizing, and system design and testing.
Like all BPI Certifications, training is not required for BPI A/C and Heat Pump Professional certification. This certification is intended for technicians with a great deal of experience in these systems. The Building Performance Workshop offers both training and proctoring for the BPI A/C and Heat Pump Professional certification.
NCI Residential Air Diagnostics & Balancing training Programs
NCI offers a 2 day training program that results in a Residential Air Balancing certification. The first day technicians learn and perform static pressure and temperature diagnostics with the second day focused on air property tests, including external static pressure, pressure drops, airflow traverses, and duct loss. We are currently working with NCI to bring a class to the Chicago area soon. The two-day training costs $610. As training dates become available they will be posted at www.illinoishomeperformance.org/trainingcalendar.
NATE offers a number of certifications, all of which meet the 3rd party certification requirement for companies to join PEEC. While training is offered for NATE certification, it is possible to take the certification exams without training, but instead with two years journeymen-level experience and a review of the materials. Exams are offered year-round by approved NATE Testing Organizations.
MEEA is currently accepting applications from residential HVAC contractors interested in joining the PEEC Network.
PEEC Network membership is a prerequisite for participation in the Energy Impact Illinois Residential Energy Efficiency Loan program, which makes low-interest loans available to homeowners through qualified contractors. Learn more at www.energyimpactillinois.org.
To join the PEEC Network, submit the following documents to email@example.com. If assistance is required, contact Lisa at 312-784-7241.