Commercial, Energy Efficiency - May 7, 2019
McDonald’s, Target, Walgreens honored by DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is recognizing eight organizations, including H&M, McDonald’s, Target, and Walgreens for their leadership in the Better Buildings Initiative’s Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign. Since the Campaign’s inception in 2013, more than 350 participants have impacted 160,000 rooftop units, saving $110 million and more than 1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) annually.
According to a release from the DOE, Participant & Supporter awards include:
- Walgreens: Greatest number of high-efficiency RTU installations and advanced RTU control retrofits for a large portfolio owner. Walgreens installed 4,373 RTUs with high-efficiency units and controls, resulting in more than 39 million kWh annual energy savings.
- H&M: Greatest number of high-efficiency RTU installations and advanced RTU control retrofits for a medium portfolio owner. H&M installed 541 RTUs and controls, resulting in more than 4 million kWh annual energy savings.
- McDonald's: Highest percentage of high-efficiency RTU installations and control retrofits from 2013 to 2018. McDonald's replaced more than 70% of RTUs at its company-owned restaurants.
- Mass Save: Highest number of high-efficiency RTU installations and advanced RTU control retrofits through an efficiency program. The program reported more than 6,400 installations, resulting in more than 10 million kWh annual energy savings.
Target was recognized for Continued Commitment to High-Efficiency RTU Best Practices as the company continues to develop innovative energy efficiency improvements in retail store design and operation that includes new ventilation strategies, optimized integrated design, and innovative fault detection and diagnostics. Target has installed and retrofitted 17,633 high-efficiency RTUs resulting in more than 12 million kWh annual energy savings since 2013.
The Advanced RTU Campaign provides technical resources and recognition to commercial building owners, managers, and operators that want to increase building performance and upgrade rooftop units to high-efficiency RTU technologies. Through Better Buildings, DOE is working to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade without compromising comfort or performance.