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AIRAH releases guide for cold rooms

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) is releasing a new Design Application (DA) manual: DA12 Energy Efficiency in Cold Rooms.

“As the definitive reference for walk-in cold room energy efficiency in Australia, this manual will help all stakeholders overcome the barriers to improved energy efficiency in cold room operation,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “It has been designed for engineers; refrigeration technicians and contractors; and equipment owners, operators and specifiers.”

Pre-order pricing is available until April 25.

Cold rooms and freezer refrigeration systems typically have the highest leak rates in the economy, and use refrigerants with a high global warming potential (GWP). This sector clearly offers opportunities for reductions in costs and environmental impact.

AIRAH partnered with industry stakeholders (including the Expert Group and AIRAH members) and government (Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) to conduct field research on barriers to improved energy efficiency in the walk-in cold room and freezer room sector of the refrigerated cold chain. DA12 was developed to help overcome the identified barriers.

“DA12 provides an overview of the key factors that affect efficiency in the refrigerated walk-in cold room storage sector,” Gleeson says. “It covers small- to medium-sized refrigerated storage, excluding refrigeration display appliances, large cold-storage facilities, and specialised systems used exclusively for medical, scientific or research applications.”

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