The RTF relies on its subcommittees to review and provide oversight or guidance on projects, provide feedback to the RTF on specific issues, and help develop and update sector-specific measure savings assumptions. The following subcommittees convened during the third quarter of 2018.
Climate Zone Subcommittee: The RTF convened a subcommittee to discuss a new proposed methodology for selecting representative locations for the climate zones to be used in building simulations for estimating savings of weather dependent RTF measures, such as those that involve heating and cooling savings. At the September RTF meeting, the RTF gave a “head nod” on this new methodology for selecting representative locations.
Implementers Group: The Implementers Group meets after each RTF meeting to discuss the outcome of the RTF meeting, upcoming RTF meeting topics, and other topics that affect program implementers in the region.
Market Analysis: This subcommittee was created to discuss ongoing market analysis being conducted in the region, as well as to provide review of said research. The RTF’s Market Analysis Subcommittee met twice in the third quarter of 2018. In August, the subcommittee met to discuss the methodology around Bonneville’s forthcoming HVAC market model. In September, the subcommittee convened again to discuss potential adjustments to the chain logic method used in the Residential Lighting Market Model NEEA is developing.
Operations: The RTF Operations subcommittee meets before each RTF meeting to review and discuss the RTF meeting agendas, decisions, and contracts. This subcommittee convened twice in the third quarter of 2018.
Research and Evaluation: The Research and Evaluation Subcommittee convenes on a need basis to discuss the development of RTF Research Strategies and the framing and utility of ongoing research in the region. In Q3 of 2018, the subcommittee met once to discuss research needs and draft research strategies for Residential Duct Sealing in Single Family Homes, and Ductless Heat Pumps in New Multifamily Construction.
Secondary Glazing Systems Subcommittee: In September, a technical subcommittee was convened to discuss the RTF’s development of a measure for the installation of secondary glazing systems on windows in commercial buildings. This measure is set to come forward to the RTF in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Small and Rural Utilities Subcommittee: The Small/Rural Subcommittee maintains a dedicated function within the RTF to support the specific needs of small and rural utilities. This subcommittee met once in Q3 of 2018 to discuss changes to UES measures that may affect small/rural utilities differently, as well as potential roles the RTF could play to better meet the needs of small/rural utilities.