6 New Toolkits for Different Rooftop Unit Efficiency Use Cases

Since 2013, the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign has been developing and gathering a large array of resources to support and promote commercial building RTU efficiency - see for yourself on the Campaign’s Case Studies and Guidance page. This is great…but what if you’re an HVAC contractor and you only want information on retrofitting RTUs? Or maybe you’re a retail tenant and you want resources specific to navigating RTUs in leased spaces?

You’re in luck! The Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Solution Center has organized, accumulated, and sorted the Campaign’s many resources by RTU use case. Here are the 6 new toolkits and info-suites:

  1. High-Efficiency RTUs in Leased Spaces: Contains example lease language, case studies and other resources to help building owners and tenants effectively include high-efficiency RTUs in leases.
  2. RTU Evaluation Methodology for Building Owners and Facility Managers: Resources to guide building owners and facility managers through a step-by-step method of evaluating and managing their inventory of RTUs and how to make the business case for replacements, retrofits, and quality maintenance practices.
  3. High-Efficiency RTU Replacements for HVAC Contractors and Service Providers: Resources to help HVAC contractors and service companies work with their customers through a step-by-step method of evaluating and managing their inventory of RTUs and how to make the business case for high-efficiency replacements, including an RTU Comparison Calculator and procurement specification.
  4. Advanced RTU Control Retrofits for HVAC Contractors and Service Providers: Resources to help HVAC contractors and service companies work with their customers through a step-by-step method of advanced RTU control retrofits, including an Advanced RTU Controller Specification and Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) case study.
  5. High-Efficiency RTU Replacements for Utilities and Efficiency Programs: Resources to assist utilities and efficiency programs in understanding and incentivizing high-efficiency RTU replacements. Reference guidance on various considerations including calculators, sizing guidance, procurement specifications, financial business cases, case studies, and M&V methods.
  6. Advanced RTU Control Retrofits for Utilities and Efficiency Program: Resources to assist utilities and efficiency programs in understanding and incentivizing advanced RTU control retrofits. Reference guidance on various considerations including a decision tree on when to retrofit units, RTU inventory and evaluation checklists, procurement specifications, case studies, and M&V methods.

These toolkits and guides contain guidance documents, technical specification, fact sheets, reports and case studies that can make your RTU efficiency decisions and processes easier. Take a look and make sure to leverage them for your own use case! Contact info@advancedrtu.org and check out www.advancedrtu.org/ for updates and more information.