Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “walk-in cooler” and “walk-in freezer” (WICFs) mean an enclosed storage space refrigerated to temperatures, respectively, above, and at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit that can be walked into, and has a total chilled storage area of less than 3,000 square feet. The terms “walk-in cooler” and “walk-in freezer” do not include products designed and marketed exclusively for medical, scientific, or research purposes. 10 CFR 431, Subpart R. Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for WICFs since 2009.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Standards

DOE has published a final rule in the Federal Register pertaining to energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (July 10, 2017).

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (December 28, 2016).

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

ASRAC Proceedings

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Final Rule

*This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5

Test Procedure

DOE has published a final rule in the Federal Register further delaying the effective date pertaining to test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers 82 FR 14426. (March 21, 2017).

DOE has published a final rule in the Federal Register delaying the effective date pertaining to test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers 82 FR 8805. (January 31, 2017).

DOE has published a final rule in the Federal Register pertaining to test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. 81 FR 95758 (December 28, 2016).

The walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers rulemaking docket EERE-2016-BT-TP-0030 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

 

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule
  • Notice of Final Rule, Federal Register 81 FR 95758 (December 28, 2016)
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for representations made starting June 26, 2017.
  • Final Rule; delay of effective date, Federal Register, 82 FR 8805 (January 31, 2017).
  • Final Rule; further delay of effective date, Federal Register, 82 FR 14426 (March 21, 2017).

 


Current Standard

WICFs manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6311(20), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 431.306.


Current Test Procedure

To determine that WICFs that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 431.304.


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Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage.

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for WICFs.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR 431, Subpart V and 10 CFR 431, Subpart W.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
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