The DOE and CBEA have some useful technology specifications out, and many more in the works. The concept is similar to ENERGY STAR – the equipment buyer now has a guide to the most energy efficient equipment. Besides listing products that meet the specification, they also list available incentives for the end user. If you are a commercial or retail operator or manager, check out the work that the CBEA is doing around commercial refrigeration and air conditioning. The list of retailers participating in the program is impressive. The working group for refrigeration is involved in many of the same activities that we are – new refrigeration systems and components, including display cases, coolers and freezers, compressor systems, and controls. If you are involved in selection or specification of equipment, do you find these specifications useful? Are you searching for the most energy efficient equipment? Let us know.
For more information on the CBEA: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/commercial/cbea.html
Rajan Rajendran, Ph.D
Vice President, Engineering Services and Sustainability
Emerson Climate Technologies