Did you know updating a building's roof-top air conditioning system can reduce energy consumption by 20-50% and save up to $3,700 per unit? As more and more businesses look to find energy efficient solutions and lower costs, one nation-wide initiative is asking businesses to turn their focus to these roof-top units (RTUs). And it's working.
The Advanced RTU Campaign (ARC) encourages commercial building owners and occupants to replace RTUs with high-efficiency models, retrofit existing RTUs with advanced controllers, and/or continue quality maintenance of existing RTUs. The Campaign has over 200 supporters and over 80 participants from across several industries, including retail.
Each year, the ARC recognizes organizations for leadership and excellence in commercial building RTU efficiency through the ARC Awards. This year, awards were handed out at the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association's (PRSM) National Conference in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, April 19.
Several retailers were recognized this year for their work as part of the ARC, including:
- Target Corporation, Highest Number of High-Efficiency Roof-Top Unit Installations & Highest Number of Advanced Roof-Top Unit Control Retrofits
- Ulta Beauty, Highest Percentage of RTU Portfolio Upgraded with High-Efficiency Installations Since 2013 & Most Successful Landlord/Tenant Arrangement for RTU Efficiency
- H&M, Highest Number of Advanced Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostic (AFDD) Installations on Roof-Top Units
- Giant Tiger Stores Ltd., Largest Efficiency Gain for a Single Building Roof-Top Unit Replacement Project
In addition to being recognized by the ARC, these retailers' investments in energy efficiency with RTUs has yielded real results for their business. By installing 372 high-efficiency RTUs and upgraded 360 existing units across 60 stores, Target will see an estimated savings of 11 million kWh, worth $1.1 million annually. Ulta upgraded 31.4% of their RTU inventory, which is expected to save them 13 million kWh and $1.3 million annually.
RILA is a co-organizer of the Advanced RTU Campaign with ASHRAE, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance.
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