Better Buildings Partners Educate Retail Industry at PRSM 2018

By Sormeh Konjkav, Waypoint Energy; Marta Schantz, Waypoint Energy; Michael Deru, NREL; Cindy Zhu, DOE Fellow on May 09, 2018

You may have heard the buzz about the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign Awards results announced at the Professional Retail Store Maintenance (PRSM) National Conference in early April. In addition to the successful Awards Luncheon, the Department of Energy (DOE) had an expanded presence at the PRSM Conference - with two education sessions! 
From Left: Iano Doebber (Transformative Wave), Michael Deru (NREL), Marta Schantz (Waypoint Energy), Sue Dunn (Sheetz)

The first was a 20-minute power session: “Getting the Most Out of Your RTUs with AFDD.” This power session was moderated by Marta Schantz, an Advanced RTU Campaign technical expert from Waypoint Energy. Michael Deru, an Advanced RTU Campaign technical expert from NREL and Sue Dunn from Sheetz, who was recognized by the 2018 Advanced RTU Campaign Awards, presented the content. In accordance with the Campaign’s enhanced focus on automated fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD), the presentation introduced and defined AFDD for RTUs, discussed the importance of AFDD to monitor and communicate RTU performance, and was followed by an example of successful AFDD applications on Sheetz convenience stores. The audience benefitted from real-time viewing of Sheetz’ AFDD software with actual RTU performance, which showcased AFDD’s ability to maintain positive pressure, improve humidity control, monitor RTU health, identify faults quickly, and ultimately save energy.

The second DOE session, “Developing an Energy Strategy by Box Size,” featured a 1-hour discussion of energy efficiency strategies employed by different retail box sizes, from small to large. Moderated by Cindy Zhu from DOE, the session featured  Stefanie Pesek from Ulta Beauty (Better Buildings Alliance partner), Peter Isabell from Lifetime Fitness (Better Buildings Challenge partner), and Sue Dunn from Sheetz. Following descriptions of case studies for each retail size, the presenters held a candid discussion about energy savings roadmaps, benchmarking energy performance, and the different cost savings achieved through technology implementation.

The PRSM Conference attendee turnout was impressive at these sessions. It is always great to see how many retail stakeholders are interested in energy efficiency solutions! Learn more about the Advanced RTU Campaign at and find more energy-efficient solutions on the Better Buildings Solution Center

Top Right image is Sue Dunn (Sheetz) presenting at the AFDD Power Session; Top Left image is (from left) Ian Doebber (Transformative Wave), Michael Deru (NREL), Marta Schantz (Waypoint Energy), and Sue Dunn; Bottom Right image is the speakers at Box Size Energy Strategy Session - from left: Cindy Zhu (DOE), Sue Dunn (Sheetz), Stefanie Pesek (Ulta Beauty), Peter Isabell (LifeTime Fitness).