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Contribute to a Larger Industry Dialogue in Our Upcoming E360 Forum

Emerson Climate Technologies is excited to bring the E360 conversation to you through our interactive E360 Forums. These quarterly, daylong events will be held in strategic locations across the country and feature prominent refrigeration industry authorities as well as Emerson’s own internal experts. The format is designed to engage attendees and give everyone an opportunity to participate in conversations that will shape the future of refrigeration.

Our first E360 Forum will be held on November 13 at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. This informative event will feature refrigeration industry experts who will shed light on the many challenges facing foodservice and supermarket OEMs and retailers. We’ll kick off the event with timely keynote addresses, including:

  • Robin Ashton, president and publisher, Foodservice Equipment Reports, will share his insights on the trends in foodservice
  • Emerson’s authority on refrigerants, Dr. Rajan Rajendran, will discuss the current status of recent regulations seeking to lower the global warming potential (GWP) in refrigerated systems

The balance of the event will be comprised of breakout sessions led by specialists in equipment and facility management. These interactive sessions will open the floor to broader discussions and give attendees opportunities to ask questions and contribute to important industry dialogues. Here’s a complete view of the day’s activities.

Click here for a complete view of the day’s activities.

Attendees of the E360 Forum in Columbus will be entered into a drawing to win four tickets to the Ohio State vs. Indiana football game on Saturday, November 22. Immediately following the breakout sessions, you’ll have a chance to visit with the event’s presenters and network with your peers in a reception from 4–6 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the latest trends and insights in foodservice and participate in conversations with prominent refrigeration industry authorities — register today! For more information about our E360 platform or attending the E360 Forum on November 13, click here.

Introducing E360…

We’re taking a 360-degree view of the issues impacting commercial refrigeration and air conditioning

Emerson Climate Technologies is pleased to introduce E360, an informative platform we’ve conceived to create a meaningful refrigeration and A/C industry dialogue and help our customers address the many challenges facing them today. From ever-changing regulatory requirements and environmental standards to operating cost pressures and the evolution of refrigerant technologies, E360 will evaluate every angle that impacts system design in supermarkets, foodservice outlets and convenience stores.

Looking at commercial refrigeration from every angle requires balancing all facets of system design and awareness of primary market drivers:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmental protection
  • Equipment reliability and safety
  • Economic considerations

E360 will take a holistic view to keep you informed and help you make the most educated design decisions for your operation.

Broaden Your Perspective With Our Quarterly Publication, E360 Outlook

We designed E360 to give you multiple ways to access information, interact with refrigeration industry experts and contribute to a broader discussion. One of the pillars of this new platform is E360 Outlook, a quarterly publication that provides a wide range of industry perspectives intended to inform and educate. Between its pages, you’ll find extensive information on the latest trends, technologies and regulatory developments via the magazine’s various columns, application stories and articles.

In our first issue of E360 Outlook, we took a penetrating look at the refrigerant landscape. Global phase-downs (and even bans) of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants are part of an increasing effort to lower the global warming potential (GWP) in refrigeration systems. Two recent regulatory motions are bringing refrigerants to the forefront:

  • The European Union’s passing of F-Gas regulations in April
  • The EPA’s recent significant new alternatives policy (SNAP) that proposes delisting several commonly used HFCs

Emerson’s renowned expert on refrigerants, Dr. Rajan Rajendran, addressed the implications of the SNAP proposal in his column. To read Rajan’s column and the inaugural edition of E360 Outlook in its entirety, click here.

In addition to our new publication, we’re excited to bring the E360 conversation to you through our interactive E360 Forums. These quarterly, daylong events will be held in strategic locations across the country and feature prominent refrigeration industry authorities as well as Emerson’s own internal experts. Our first E360 Forum will be held November 13 in Columbus, Ohio. For more information about E360, please visit our website: www.EmersonClimate.com/E360.

Concerned About Meeting the DOE’s AWEF Rating by 2017? We’ll Help You Make Sense of It

In our tenth installment of the Making Sense webinar series, we explored the implications of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) final ruling on the regulation of energy consumption in walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF). Ani Jayanth, foodservice marketing manager of the refrigeration division, provided an overview of the Annual Walk-In Energy Factor (AWEF) ratings for refrigeration systems and gave an update on the EPA’s recent significant new alternative (SNAP) refrigerant delisting proposal. Brian Buynacek, refrigeration engineer, discussed how the DOE calculates AWEF and which component upgrades and techniques could be used to bring systems into compliance by the June 2017 deadline.

This information-packed event helped clear the confusion that professionals in the supermarket and foodservice industries may have had about the regulatory intersection of the DOE and SNAP rulings. In addition, the webinar evaluated available design options and provided examples on how to retrofit systems to achieve compliance.

Brian and Ani took a condensing unit point of view on meeting AWEF ratings that included all controls and other components integral to the refrigerated systems’ operation, not the envelope itself (i.e., doors and panels). Some of the many WICF design options that the DOE recommends include:

  • Floating head pressure
  • Modulating evaporating fans
  • Improved evaporator and condenser fan blades
  • Improved coils
  • Variable speed compressors

The webinar looked at commonly used WICFs and demonstrated how these systems could be brought into compliance through specific measures, such as:

  • Reducing power consumption
  • Replacing compressor and ECM fan motor
  • Upgrading condenser coil

In particular, for those who are not floating the head pressure in their refrigeration systems, this technique represents a viable, cost-effective method for improving energy efficiencies. Of course this must be done with full awareness of the operating envelope of the compressor used. Similarly, changing to a low GWP refrigerant alternative will require design changes and other system adjustments.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, it is available on demand in the archives section of our website. Stay tuned for further updates on the DOE’s final ruling and SNAP as we Make Sense of the issues that matter most in commercial refrigeration.

Making Sense of the DOE’s Final 2017 Walk-In Efficiency Regulation

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued its final ruling on the regulation of energy consumption in walk-in coolers and freezers. The ruling is based on the Annual Walk-In Energy Factor (AWEF) rating for refrigeration systems and components, and adopts the industry testing protocol AHRI 1250 as its metric of enforcement. To comply with the ruling’s June 5, 2017 effective date, manufacturers of walk-in coolers and freezers will need to begin evaluating energy efficient components and technologies today.

Of particular interest to OEMs is the effectiveness of condensing unit technology and how it measures up to the AWEF’s ratings. Manufacturers will also have to consider every available design option — such as compressors, coil, motors, modulation and controls — to prepare systems for compliance in 2017.

Join Our Next Webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. EDT

To address the myriad concerns and considerations of the DOE 2017 ruling, Emerson Climate Technologies is holding a new Making Sense webinar on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., entitled Staying Ahead of the DOE 2017 Walk-in Cooler and Freezer Energy Efficiency Ratings. This complementary live event will explore the far-reaching implications of the DOE rule, and discuss the following topics:

  • Survey of existing condensing unit technology and how it compares to the AWEF minimum requirements
  • Technology/design options (compressors, coil, motors, modulation, controls, etc.)
  • Importance of low condensing operation/floating head pressure
  • AWEF calculations for condensing units, unit coolers and complete systems
  • AWEF versus AEER
  • Impacts of the EPA’s recent significant new alternative (SNAP) refrigerant delisting proposal
  • Refrigeration industry push back

The webinar will be presented by two Emerson Climate Technologies experts who are most familiar with the subject: Ani Jayanth, foodservice marketing manager of the refrigeration division, and Brian Buynacek, refrigeration engineer. Ani has been very close to the DOE 2017 ruling for quite some time and has significant insight on its implications, and Brian will lend his expertise on AWEF and how it plays into the ruling. Join Ani and Brian on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. EDT for this informative and timely webinar.

Learn more and register by visiting our website at: www.emersonclimate.com/makingsensewebinars where we’re helping the industry MAKE SENSE of the issues that matter most.

Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want Out Of a New AC System

Why, in survey after survey, do consumers indicate they would pay a little extra for better comfort or energy savings but still continue to purchase the basic, minimum efficiency and lightly featured systems? This past year, AC & Heating Connect worked with Triple Pundit (a new-media company for highly conscious business leaders focused on the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit) to survey their readers on issues related to purchasing patterns of HVAC consumers. Industry data indicates that 70% of consumers consistently purchase minimum efficiency and minimum featured HVAC systems and only 30% buy the higher featured and more efficient models. This is all true despite our company’s sponsored research, which indicates that almost 70% of homeowners surveyed prefer systems that offer superior energy savings and comfort or created less impact on the environment.

Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want Out Of a New AC System
According to a 2013 survey of more than 500 Triple Pundit readers, we found some indications about what might be going on with HVAC consumer buying behavior. First, we asked if consumers would pay 20-30 percent more for a system that provided certain benefits.

  • 85% would pay for better efficiency and reduced energy consumption
  • 68% would pay for a lower overall impact on the environment
  • 67% would pay for greater monthly energy savings
  • 56% would pay for better overall comfort and indoor air quality
  • 6% would just buy the lowest cost system no matter what

When asked to rank various HVAC features in order of importance, the respondents indicated the following priorities, in order:

  1. Improved energy efficiency for reduced operating costs
  2. Reliability
  3. Reduction in monthly operating costs
  4. Lowest environmental impact
  5. Improvements in comfort or air quality
  6. Low sound or operating noise
  7. Lowest initial cost to purchase

Again, in line with prior survey findings, the lowest initial consumer cost is ranked lowest by the respondents.

Next, we asked why they thought more people don’t choose to buy higher efficiency systems.

  • 66% just don’t want to be uncomfortable (a pretty low threshold)
  • 54% are too busy to do the research
  • 45% think the terms and technology are too confusing
  • 23% have no interest in efficiency or comfort – just want cold air when it is hot

Although the results are not conclusive, we believe these responses give some indication of what’s going on. Confusion about what features are available in new systems and having the time and energy to research all the tradeoffs before making an HVAC investment decision are common problems for both consumers and contractors trying to satisfy their needs.

For more information go to http://www.ac-heatingconnect.com/cant-always-get-want-new-ac-system/#sthash.y4G8kC29.dpuf.

Frank Landwehr
VP of Marketing and Planning, Air Conditioning
Emerson Climate Technologies

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