The North American commercial refrigeration industry is established, with many long-standing competitors focused on quality, reliability, availability, delivery time, total cost of ownership, and sustainability. Currently, the industry is undergoing significant regulatory changes due to national, international, and cultural forces. These changes include new energy standards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and environmentally friendly refrigerant alternatives required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, new methods for calculating system efficiency and testing performance are being introduced.

To comply with these regulations, manufacturers will need to understand the new standards, potentially incorporate new materials or designs, and follow new testing procedures. Non-compliance could result in restrictions on selling their products. This white paper provides an overview of these regulatory changes, the deadlines for compliance, and the advantages of partnering with an accredited third-party testing organization to navigate the testing, submission, and compliance processes.