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Economics: Equations

Economic results are presented based on the estimated annual costs and the purchase cost of the rooftop unit.
The following equations are used in these calculations:

  • Uniform Present Value Factor: Factor used in calculating present value of a recurring cost.

UPV( N, DR) = (a - 1) / DR*a

where,

a = (1 + DR)N
DR = Effective Discount Rate (see next equation)
N = Number of years over which the recurring cost occurs

  • Effective Discount Rate: Discount rate after the effects of inflation are removed. Note this equation is not used in the RTU Comparison Calculator (the RTUCC input for discount rate is an effective value, not a nominal value). The equation is offered here to further illustrate the difference between the nominal and effective discount rates.

DR = (1 + ND) / (1 + IR) - 1.0

where,

ND = Nominal Discount Rate (including effects of inflation)
IR = Assumed inflation rate

  • Life Cycle Cost: Present day value of purchase cost and annually recurring costs over N years of operation.

LCC = Cpurchase + ( UPV( N, DR) * Cannual)

where,

Cpurchase = Unit purchase cost (purchase and installation)
Cannual = Annual cost (fuel and maintenance)

  • Annualized Cost: The uniform annual payment such that the discounted present value of the payment series is equal to the life cycle cost of the system in question. Or it can be thought of as the uniform annual loan payments on a loan for the amount of the life cycle cost.

AC = LCC / UPV( N, DR)

  • Net Present Value: The life cycle cost difference between the two competing units.

NPV = LCCcandidate - LCCstandard

  • Simple Payback: Estimate of number of years in which annual cost savings compensate for the additional capital costs of the candidate unit.

SPB = Capital Cost Savings / Annual Cost Savings

  • Payback: Number of years in which annual cost savings compensate for the additional capital costs of the candidate unit. This is determined by iteration in the RTU Comparison Calculator (i.e., N when NPV(N)=0).
  • Rate of Return: The discount rate at which the net present value is zero. This is determined by iteration in the RTU Comparison Calculator (i.e., DR when NPV(DR)=0).
  • Savings to Investment Ratio: Ratio of the present worth of operating cost savings to the purchase cost savings.

SIR = (C_STannual - C_CAannual) * UPV( N, DR) / (C_CApurchase - C_STpurchase)

where,

C_STannual = Annual costs of standard unit
C_CAannual = Annual costs of candidate unit
C_STpurchase = Purchase costs of standard unit
C_CApurchase = Purchase costs of candidate unit