RTUs: characterization and energy performance
Recorded Wednesday, March 22, 2017 · 1–2 pm Central
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RTUs are used in more than one third of U.S. commercial buildings, the highest of any cooling equipment type. Why? They are reliable and have a low capital cost, as well as established service and distribution networks. There is anecdotal evidence, however, that these systems operate inefficiently.
To validate or refute this evidence, we conducted a multi-level field study sponsored by Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. The objective—characterize existing RTUs and the new/replacement market, as well as monitor existing RTU energy performance. Tune in to hear what we learned.
Scott Schuetter PE, LEED AP
Senior Energy Engineer
Scott analyzes efficient building designs and researches various energy efficiency technologies. He has extensive experience with both energy and daylight modeling. He served as program manager for the Daylighting Collaborative. Scott is a large-scale batch energy modeling specialist who focuses much attention on modeling campuses, communities, and regions. In addition, he studies climate change impacts on building energy consumption and demand. He is an active member of ASHRAE.
Scott has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Indiana University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mark Hancock PE
Director of Engineering
Center for Energy and Environment
Mark has extensive experience in building system operation, optimization and diagnosis. He’s conducted various existing building commissioning studies that have resulted in reduced energy costs, greater occupant comfort and improved ventilation for building owners. In addition to his role as engineering lead, Mark’s been involved in a broad range of field research for gas and electric end uses. This research spans from gas and electric cooling, commercial and residential gas space heating and water heating, commercial cooking, industrial process consumption, as well as optimization of existing roof top air handlers. Mark’s used data logging systems and/or building automation systems to collect and document the performance of energy consuming equipment. He also has experience with optimization of control systems for building systems and implementation of improved controls for upgrades of building ventilation systems to ASHRAE standards.
Mark holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Building Owners and Managers Association, International Facility Management Association and Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals.
This project was supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources through the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program, which is funded by Minnesota ratepayers.
Thanks also to Center for Energy and Environment for their partnership and collaboration.