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by Sormeh Konjkav (Waypoint Energy), Marta Schantz (Waypoint Energy), Michael Deru (NREL) on Jun 19, 2018
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...
by Sormeh Konjkav, Waypoint Energy; Marta Schantz, Waypoint Energy; Michael Deru, NREL; Cindy Zhu, DOE 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...
by Sormeh Konjkav, Waypoint Energy; Marta Schantz, Waypoint Energy; Michael Deru, NREL on May 02, 2018
When we talk about market transformation, we aim to see high-efficiency technologies becoming part of the mainstream. In updating the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign’s utility incentive database, we were very excited to see how many RTU-related utility incentives exist compared to four years...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Dec 01, 2017
Life Time, Healthy Way of Life, has significantly upgraded their RTU portfolio in recent years. With nearly 130 large, resort-like destinations, Life Time’s portfolio is growing quickly, with the majority of the healthy way of life company’s clubs now using high-efficiency units with cutting-edge...
by Sormeh Konjkav, Waypoint Building Group on Oct 13, 2017
Dealing with rooftop units (RTUs) at the end of life can be a financial and environmental liability. In addition, it’s a challenge to keep up with changing regulations. On September 12, 2017, the Advanced RTU Campaign hosted an informational webinar about upcoming changes in RTU regulations, and...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 12, 2017
When you have a portfolio of over 900 quick-service restaurants across the country, how do you keep track of, manage, and maintain all of your HVAC equipment? Frank Iona and his team at Arby’s were able to find a 21st century solution to that … an app! Starting in 2015, Arby’s developed a...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 27, 2017
Imagine going back to school in very comfortable classrooms with high indoor air quality – that’s what’s happening for thousands of students in the Fontana Unified School District (FUSD) in San Bernardino County, California, thanks to a fleet of over 200 new rooftop units (RTUs) conditioning their...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 14, 2017
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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...