SPACE CONDITIONING TECHNICAL RESEARCH TEAM CALL
On March 7, 2019, the Space Conditioning Technical Research Team call provided an overview of research activities, resources, and new technologies. Michael Deru reviewed new technology award winners from the 2019 AHR Expo including enVerid, the winner of Product of the Year! Energy savings and air quality results from a multi-year technical field validation of the enVerid air cleaning technology were presented along with the latest product updates. Watch or download the presentation and slides.
LEARN ABOUT NYSERDA'S RTU RETROFIT KIT DEPLOYMENT
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently partnenergy-solution.com/ered with Energy Solutions and Transformative Wave to implement a large-scale deployment of the CATALYST RTU retrofit kit across a wide variety of building types, including restaurants, retail, and commercial offices across New York State. Learn about about how this technology is targeting HVAC energy reduction usage by 25 to 50%. -- Watch the recording or view the slides.
WEBINAR ON NEW HVAC TECHNOLOGIES
The Better Buildings Space Conditioning Technical Research Team hosted a webinar in September on field test results of several new high-performance HVAC technologies through the DOE HIT and GSA GPG programs. Test results from high performance circulator pumps, innovative air scrubber technology that removes CO2 and VOCs from the air, and high-performance motor for chilled water pumping were featured. These technologies have shown to produce savings of 30% or more over incumbent technologies! -- Access the presentation, slides, and transcript here.
BETTER BUILDINGS SUMMIT PRESENTATIONS
The Better Buildings Summit was held August 21-23 in Cleveland, Ohio. This year, the Summit partnered with DOE’s annual Energy Exchange, which is focused on federal facility energy management, to provide greater access to technical discussions and training while also providing the great panel sessions, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. The Advanced RTU Campaign was featured in two presentations: "Strategies for Piloting High Impact Technologies Featuring the Hospitality Sector" and "World as Laboratory: Updates on Partner Field Verifications of New Technologies." All Summit presentations are posted to the Better Building Solution Center, and the ARTU sessions can be found here and here, respectively.
Better Buildings also named the High-Efficiency RTU Replacement Toolkit as a Top 10 August Solution - coming in at #7 among the most viewed resources. Thank you!
NEW RESOURCES FROM THE GSA PROVING GROUND
In case you missed it, the GSA Proving Ground (GPG) hosted a webinar last week on the first commercial rooftop unit (RTU) to meet the Department of Energy’s High Performance RTU Challenge. Results from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) test-bed evaluation at a GSA warehouse in Fort Worth, Texas demonstrated energy savings of 26%. A concurrent PNNL study of high-performance RTUs at two Florida supermarkets found payback of 3.8 years.
-- Watch the recording or download slides. Learn more about the GPG here.
WEBINAR WITH NEW YORK CITY 2030 DISTRICT
On July 10th, the Advanced RTU Campaign presented a webinar with NYC 2030 District on the trends and drivers of RTU efficiency for commercial buildings in the NY area. The presentation provided details on efficiency options and different building types for RTUs, the business case for proactive RTU replacements with high-efficiency units, and specific New York utility incentives available to support RTU efficiency improvements.
-- Watch the recording or download slides.
-- Watch the recording or download slides.
RECOGNIZING LEADERS IN RTU EFFICIENCY!
2018 Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign Awards were announced! Congrats to the 7 organizations announced at the 2018 PRSM National Conference April 10th in Nashville, TN. These 7 organization's realized 50 million kWh and $5 million from RTU efficiency efforts. This year's recognition included new categories for Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics (AFDD) and intelligent controls. Read more here!
ALL ABOUT AUTOMATED FAULT DETECTION AND DIAGNOSTICS (AFDD)
In accordance with Department of Energy Better Buildings' market transformation efforts, the Advanced RTU Campaign has a new focus towards advanced fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD) and intelligent controls. Learn and find more resources about AFDD technologies and discover new ways to save on RTU efficiency on our new AFDD page.
THERE'S AN RTU TOOLKIT FOR THAT
We know the struggle. Sometimes navigating so many resources that may apply to various stakeholders and efforts is hard. Well now, through the Better Buildings' Solution Center, we have a replacement and retrofit RTU toolkit for contractors and service providers, a replacement and retrofit toolkit for utilities and efficiency programs, toolkit for leased-space tenants and evaluation methodology toolkit.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING?
The Advanced RTU Campaign provides building owners and operators with access to information and expertise to lower facility operating costs while maintaining or improving building occupant comfort. Joining the Campaign allows you to:
- Leverage campaign resources and technical expertise in evaluating savings opportunities
- Stay informed on innovative RTU technologies and resources produced through the campaign
- Gain recognition, achievement awards, and participate in case studies (pending submitting documentation of implementing a replacement or retrofit)
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
There are two ways to get involved in the Advanced RTU Campaign: by joining as a Participant (building owner/manager) or Supporter (assist implementation of RTU replacement/retrofit).
- Joining the Campaign as a Participant means making a pledge to evaluate and implement an RTU replacement or retrofit. Commercial and government buildings are eligible to join the Campaign as Participants.
- Joining the Campaign as a Supporter means committing to promoting the benefits of energy efficiency commercial cooling. Trade and industry organizations, utility and efficiency programs, and manufacturers and service providers are eligible to join the Campaign as Supporters.