This page houses documents and workbooks that support the development of the majority of RTF analyses and the resulting work products, both Standard Protocols and UES measures. For an archive of measure-specific RTF supporting documents, see the link below.

Measure-Specific Supporting Files

RTF Operative Guidelines. In support of its mission, the RTF adopts a set of formal Guidelines by which to judge the quality and reliability of savings estimates, costs and benefits, and the lifetimes of RTF measures and protocols. The goal of this guidance is to ensure that various methods of savings estimation will produce savings estimates relative to consistent baselines and of comparable reliability sufficient to meet the needs of regional energy planners. The RTF revisits these Guidelines at regular intervals to ensure they are still serving this goal and supporting the region. At it's October 2020 meeting, the RTF approved updates to its Guidelines. You will find the latest version below.

Current Operative Guidelines

Standard Information Workbook. The RTF's Standard Information Workbook (SIW) houses assumptions and data that are used across multiple measures and standard protocols. 


Climate Zones. As a resource for utilities in the region, the RTF develops a methodology to help utilities select their appropriate heating and cooling zones.

Climate Zones

Capacity Benefits. A contractor reviewed all the RTF's UES measure workbooks to assess the reliability of load shapes selected, provide alternatives where appropriate, and recommendations as to potential next steps for improving reliability.

Capacity Load Shape Recommendation Memos


Commercial Building Simulation Models. These models are based in EnergyPlus, built using the Modelkit framework, and specific to the Northwest region. The RTF is in the process of aligning the models with monthly consumption data from regional Commercial Building Stock Assessments (CBSAs). The models are intended to be used for a variety of purposes, including conservation and demand response assessments and HVAC interaction factor and savings shape development.

Related Materials

ProCost. The ProCost model is the tool used by the RTF and the Council to characterize the costs and benefits of conservation measures and programs.

Related Materials 

SEEM. The SEEM program is designed to model small scale residential building energy use.  

Related Materials

Templates. The following files are used as starting templates by the RTF when drafting measure analysis documentation.

Supporting DocumentsUpload DateNotes
Research Strategy Template (37k Word)01/03/2017Latest version.
Research Plan Template_v4.0 (102k Word)01/09/2017Latest version.
Standard Protocol Template_v2.0 (70k Word)01/03/2017Latest version.
RTF Presentation Template  (71k Powerpoint)01/03/2017Latest version.
RTF Smal/Rural Utilities UES Design Checklist Template (38k Excel)01/26/2017Latest version.
Past Templates  

Provisional Research Plan Template_v3.0

07/01/2013Changes made to add more context to section headings.

Provisional Research Plan Template_v1.0

04/16/13First adopted version.

Standard Protocol Template_v1.0

04/16/13First adopted version.