Thursday, February 18, 2016 · 8 am–noon
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West, Madison, WI
Cost: $129 (includes continental breakfast)

PLEASE NOTE: As of January 14, the course title has been updated from "Advanced approaches to improve RTU performance" to "Advanced RTU control strategies."

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

  • Explain the RTU related requirements of the IECC.
  • Select the appropriate RTU accessories to maximize performance and efficiency.
  • Describe technologies such as economizers, demand controlled ventilation and energy recovery ventilation.
  • Discuss the newest energy savings RTU option of multi-speed fan control.

Who should attend?
HVAC system designers, engineers and contractors, energy efficiency specialists, facility managers, HVAC equipment manufacturer's representatives, facility engineers and anyone interested in learning more about commercial rooftop unit control strategies.

Pop quiz
Test your knowledge of RTUs.

Packaged rooftop units are used to easily and effectively heat and cool more than 50 percent of all commercial buildings in the U.S. The question is: How can we make these units more efficient?

A recent U.S. Department of Energy study explored this question and the solution is summarized in four words: advanced rooftop unit control. Join us to review the DOE's recent findings, as well as the options available to save a significant amount of energy currently wasted by RTUs.

In the past 10 years, the average gas efficiency of RTUs has moved from 80 percent to just 82 percent and the cooling efficiency of the refrigeration circuits has improved slightly. Join us to learn how to improve the efficiency of existing and new RTUs.

The registration fee for attending this half-day training is $129, which includes continental breakfast. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

Registration Deadline
All registrations must be made in advance.

Only credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) payments are accepted online.

Cancellations and Refunds
All cancellations are subject to a $25 administrative fee. We will refund 50% of the registration fee for cancellations received within two weeks of the training. Cancellations made within three business days of the training are non-refundable. If this program is not held for any reason, the Energy Center University's liability is limited to the refund of the program fee.

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 & 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.

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 0.35 CEUs (3.5 hours) toward re-certification.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 3.5 LU.

BOC This course offers up to 3.5 points for BOC certified operators

BOMI This training is approved for up to 3.5 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 3.5 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 0.4 CEUs for this program.

WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 3.5 CEUs for the following credential: Commercial Building Inspector Certification.

WI PE This course qualifies for up to 3.5 PDHs for professional engineers in the state of Wisconsin. The registrant must verify that the course content is related to their area of professional practice (more information).

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given. In order to receive IACET credits, you will also need to participate in the assessment that takes place at the training; this will most often be in the form of quiz questions or a game.


  • 7:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
  • 8 am–noon: Program

Program outline

AHRI efficiency ratings

Programmable thermostats

  • Technology potential
  • Internet accessible thermostats
  • Basic wiring schemes and retrofit tips
  • Typical energy savings, utility rebates and payback

Define advanced rooftop control strategies

  • All magic "black boxes" are not created equal—buyer beware.
  • The building blocks of multi-speed fan control, integrated economizer and DCV
  • DOE research summary including PNNL July 2013


  • Technology overview
  • Retro-fit option
  • Dry bulb vs. enthalpy
  • Integrated economizer
  • IECC requirements for 2006, 2009 and 2012
  • Summary of energy savings, utility rebates and payback

Demand controlled ventilation

  • CO2 sensors and technology overview
  • The second easiest retro-fit option for most RTUs
  • Energy and mechanical code requirements and allowances
  • Target applications
  • Summary of energy savings, utility rebates and payback

Multi-speed fan control

  • Name game: staged air volume, single zone VAV, multi-stage air volume,
  • Staged air volume and VAV differences
  • Variable frequency drives on a "constant volume" RTU
  • Control functionality
  • Standards and energy code requirements
  • Summary of energy savings, utility rebates and payback

Energy recovery ventilation

  • Utilize exhaust air and save its embedded energy
  • Technology overview
  • Code requirements
  • Target applications
  • Summary of energy savings, utility rebates and payback

Compressor capacity control strategies

  • Multi-stage
  • Hot gas bypass and APR controls
  • Digital scroll
  • Variable speed

Product reviews

  • Retrofit equipment
  • New equipment
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West
1109 Fourier Drive
Madison , WI

Our education sponsors:

We EnergiesWisconsin Public ServiceXcel Energy
Alliant EnergyMadison Gas and ElectricWPPI Energy

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