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 Information. As a resource for utilities in the region, the RTF develops a methodology to help utilities select their appropriate heating and cooling zones. This page also holds the RTF's TMYx weather files.

Climate Information 

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

EULR hourly data. Data from the End Use Load Research project may be useful in updating saving shapes going forward.

EULR hourly data 


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 Documents Upload Date Notes
Research Strategy Template (Word) 2017 Latest version
Research Plan Template_v4.0 (Word) 2017 Latest version
Standard Protocol Template_v2.0 (Word) 2017 Latest version
RTF Presentation Template (Powerpoint) 2017 Latest version
RTF Smal/Rural Utilities UES Design Checklist Template (Excel) 2017 Latest version
Past Templates    
Provisional Research Plan Template_v3.0 2013 Changes made to add more context to section headings
Provisional Research Plan Template_v1.0 2013 First adopted version
Standard Protocol Template_v1.0 2013 First adopted version