Advanced Roof-Top Unit Campaign Presents at SPECS Conference

By Marta Schantz (Waypoint), Michael Deru (NREL) on Mar 28, 2017

Earlier this month on March 12-14th in Orlando FL, Michael Deru and Marta Schantz represented the Advanced RTU Campaign at the SPECS Show: the retail event for store innovation. SPECS brings together leaders from the nation’s top retailers and suppliers to learn, share ideas, develop business partnerships and solve problems across the physical retail space.

The session, “Better Buildings Challenge: What’s the Payoff for Retailers?” focused on the value of public-private partnerships between entities such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign and retailers such as The Wendy’s Company. Scott Moline from Wendy’s – with pilot stores cutting energy use by 24% – described its innovative solutions and ground-breaking technologies, joined by the DOE and key energy partners.

Attended by over 50 retailers and market leaders, the session started with a survey to get an understanding for the audience and its knowledge of the Better Buildings Initiative. Surprisingly, over 60% the attendees had never heard of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance. And when asked about the highest opportunity to increase energy efficiency, the audience responded with 26%, 30%, and 40% for renewable technologies, high-efficiency equipment, and building automation integration, respectively.

Luckily, the session educated the retailers on all of this and more. Marta Schantz started wih an overview of the Better Buildings Challenge and Alliance followed by a deep dive into the BBA’s technical campaigns and the Advanced RTU Campaign in particular from Michael Deru. Scott Moline provided a great example of working with the DOE and its supplier allies to achieve higher energy efficiency for its corporate owned and franchise stores and was able to proudly share the news that Wendy’s is the newest Participant of the Advanced RTU Campaign. Al Fullerton from Trane, a Campaign Supporter, wrapped up the presentation with an industry perspective on current state of the HVAC industry and future trends in RTU efficiency. The session concluded with a spirited Q&A discussion full of retailers asking informed questions about implementing efficiency measures and getting involved.

We are pleased to see more and more retailers interested in improving RTU efficiency across their portfolios, and leveraging the resources and guidance available from the DOE to do so. To get involved with the Advanced RTU Campaign, fill out the short join form here.