Retail RTU Green Lease Language

IMT and the U.S Department of Energy’s Better Buildings have developed this resource guide on rooftop unit (RTU) best practices for retail leases. This document provides lease clauses to facilitate RTU efficiency in retail leases for both retail tenants and commercial real estate landlords.

This document recommends insertion of clause language into standard commercial leases covering the following aspects of RTU efficiency, assigning responsibility to the tenant, owner, or some combination thereof:

  • RTU usage and operations
  • RTU repairs, maintenance, and retrofits
  • RTU capital replacement

Example clauses presented here can serve as a robust starting point for addressing RTU efficiency in a lease. By including clauses that cover these areas in the lease, landlords and tenants can work together to save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings.