Wednesday, June 7

The Landmark Inn
230 N Front Street
Marquette , MI

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain a commercial building utility bill including how demand charges are calculated.
  • Discuss cost-effective strategies for RTUs to reduce both utility demand charges and energy consumption.
  • Specify the RTU related requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code, the current code in Wisconsin.
  • Discuss technologies such as economizers, demand controlled ventilation, staged air volume and energy recovery ventilation.

Who should attend?
Small- to medium-sized business owners, retail/office managers responsible for heating and cooling costs, HVAC system designers, engineers and contractors, energy efficiency specialists, facility and sustainability managers and anyone interested in learning more about reducing utility charges with commercial rooftop units.

Packaged rooftop units are used in more than 50 percent of all commercial buildings. With a focus on small- to medium-sized businesses, we’ll investigate how much they cost to operate. For example, did you know 20-30 percent of your utility costs could be due to demand charges? We’ll discuss these charges in basic terms, as well as numerous strategies to reduce them. We’ll dive deep into energy saving opportunities for existing units and review programmable thermostats, economizers, ventilation, controls and more. In addition, we’ll explore the decision process used to determine whether RTUs should be repaired or replaced when they fail or proactively replaced before they fail.

8 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 am–3 pm: Program (lunch and breaks provided)

The registration fee for attending this full-day course is $129, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

General information
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.

Photo and video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.

Course outline

Utility bill structure

  • Power quality versus reliability
  • Supply versus distribution costs
  • Energy versus demand charges
  • Taxes and fees

Packaged rooftop unit overview

  • Technology description
  • AHRI efficiency ratings

Programmable thermostats

  • How and why?
  • Internet accessible
  • Simple thermostat versus building automation systems
  • Stagger start to reduce demand charges
  • IECC requirements
  • Typical energy savings and payback


  • Technology overview
  • Retro-fit option
  • Dry bulb versus enthalpy
  • Compressor staging reduction to reduce demand charges
  • IECC requirements
  • Typical energy savings and payback

Demand controlled ventilation

  • CO2 sensors and technology overview
  • Second easiest retro-fit option for most RTUs
  • Is it required by energy code? Is it allowed by mechanical code?
  • Target applications
  • Typical energy savings and payback

Staged air volume

  • How is SAV different than VAV?
  • What good is a VFD on a constant volume RTU?
  • How is it controlled?
  • Soft starting of inductive loads to reduce demand charges
  • Is it required by energy code?

Energy recovery ventilation

  • Technology overview
  • When does IECC 2015 energy code require an ERV?
  • Target applications
  • Typical energy savings and payback

Repair versus replace customer walk-thru scorecard

  • Tool used to help engage the facility manager in the process
  • Assigns a score to the system used to help determine replacement

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.5 CEUs (5.0 hours) toward re-certification.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 5 LU.

BOC This course offers up to 5 points for BOC certified operators

BOMI This course is approved for 5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

GBCI Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 5 CE hours. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.

IACET As an IACET Accredited Provider, Seventhwave offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Seventhwave is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEUs for this program.

WI DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 5 CEUs for the following credentials: Commercial Building Inspector Certification, UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification.

WI PE This course qualifies for up to 5 PDHs for professional engineers in the state of Wisconsin. The registrant must decide if this is a qualifying course as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code (more information).

Our education sponsors:

We EnergiesWisconsin Public ServiceXcel Energy
Alliant EnergyMadison Gas and ElectricWPPI Energy

Interested in sponsoring an event? Contact us.

Hosted by

Alliant Energy

Madison Gas and Electric

WPPI Energy

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Call 608.210.7114 or email our registration contact.