• DOE EISA Compliance Clarification

    March 21st, 2013

    We have received some clarification from the Department of Energy in response to our last blog “The Risk of Selling Non-Compliant Walk-ins”.  The information in context was correct but there was a misunderstanding as to whether Walk-in Cooler manufacturers on the DOE website were compliant.  It was our assumption that all manufacturers that registered on the website are EISA compliant, but this is not necessarily the case.  Also, there may be some manufacturers that are EISA compliant and have tried to register on the DOE website but are not listed as of yet.  Please check with the manufacturer and verify if they are EISA compliant.  Below is the response that we received from the Department of Energy:

    Under current law, only manufacturers of component parts of walk-in coolers and freezers must certify their products with DOE.  In this certification, manufacturers of these components must state that their equipment is manufactured in accordance with the requirements found in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and subsequent DOE regulations found at 10 C.F.R Part 431, Subpart R.  DOE specifically requires that the manufacturers of panels, doors and refrigeration systems certify with DOE that their equipment complies with the applicable statute and regulations.  The certification requirements for walk-in cooler and freezer components are fully described in 10 C.F.R. §§ 429.12 and 429.53.

    Once DOE receives a certification submission from a component manufacturer, it will be processed and the information will be posted on the DOE website at: http://www.regulations.doe.gov/certification-data/.  It typically takes two weeks from the time a submission is made before it appears on the website.  Because of this delay, it is possible that manufacturers of walk-in cooler and freezer components could have submitted their certification to DOE and not yet appear on the DOE website.  Products are listed on the DOE website by brand rather than manufacturer.  Because of these facts, the list of manufacturers that US Coolers has provided in their email does not accurately reflect the manufacturers who have certified that their equipment complies with the law. Read the rest of this entry »

  • The Risk of Selling Non-Compliant Walk-ins

    March 13th, 2013

    U.S. lawSince EISA (Energy Independence and Security Act) was put into effect in 2009, there have been several regulations imposed on the walk-in cooler and freezer industry. Some of the requirements that are specified in EISA include prescriptive R-values, EC motors for refrigeration units and spring loaded hinges.  Manufacturers must register with the DOE stating they are compliant with all EISA regulations.

    The DOE (Department of Energy), the government agency that regulates EISA, requires walk-in cooler manufacturers to be compliant with all EISA regulations. Some manufacturers may have a statement on their quote or website stating they are compliant, yet DOE only considers the manufacturers registered with the DOE and listed on their Certification List compliant.

    Hefty fines have been levied for non compliant walk-in cooler/freezer manufacturers. It is our understanding the DOE may levy fines to dealers and end users who purchase walk-ins that are not EISA compliant.

    Several manufacturers are certified with the DOE however; there are some that are not. It is important to make sure you are purchasing EISA compliant walk-ins to avoid any penalties or fines that could be imposed on you. A list of all compliant walk-in manufacturers is below or can be found on the DOE website. Read the rest of this entry »

  • U.S. Cooler is UL 1715 Certified

    October 17th, 2012

    U.S. Cooler now offers a foamed-in-place urethane walk-in that meets the IBC 2603.4 thermal barrier code. U.S. Cooler passed the UL 1715 corner room burn test with Intertek/ETL, which is equivalent to the FM 4880 and NFPA 286 certifications. Our UL 1715 certified product is available upon request.

    intertek certified

  • New Refrigeration on Used Walk-ins – Is it EISA compliant?

    July 12th, 2012

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has written their interpretation on compliant refrigeration vs. non-compliant refrigeration on walk-in coolers and freezers. Below, DOE explains that any component added to a previously installed walk-in cooler or freezer and manufactured after January 1, 2009, must meet EISA guidelines. This is a draft document and comments and suggestions must be submitted to the Department of Energy prior to February 20, 2012.

    The Interpretation from the Department of Energy (DOE)

    This is a draft document and does not represent a definitive view of the agency on the questions addressed.

    This and other guidance documents are accessible on the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy web site at: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/guidance/default.aspx?pid=2&spid=1.

    Guidance Type: Conservation Standards, Enforcement
    Category: Commercial Equipment
    Product: Walk-in Cooler and Walk-in Freezers
    Guidance Version: DRAFT
    Issued: January 20, 2012
    Comment Period Closes: February 20, 2012

    Q: What are the relevant dates for compliance with the prescriptive requirements for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers? For example: If a newly manufactured component of a walk-in cooler or walk-in freezer is installed in a walk-in box manufactured prior to January 1, 2009, does it have to comply with the prescriptive requirements of 10 C.F.R. § 431.306?

    A: The following is a draft U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) guidance document regarding commercial walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This draft guidance document represents the Department’s interpretation of its existing regulations and is exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act. See 5 U.S.C. § 553(b)(A). Therefore, the Department is accepting comments and suggestions from the public until February 20, 2012. Comments and suggestions should be provided in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or text file format by sending an email to WICFEISA2007Guidance-2012-0001{at}ee.doe.gov. Please also include the docket number EERE-2012-BT-STD0001.

    At the end of the comment period, this draft guidance document may be adopted, revised or withdrawn. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Olewinski Named Regional Sales Manager

    April 24th, 2012

    St. Charles, IL, April 9, 2012

    new salespersonEd Olewinski was named Regional Sales Manger for U.S. Cooler’s Northern Territory including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern IL, North Dakota and the upper western Michigan peninsula.

    Ed comes to U.S. Cooler with over 27 years of experience in the industry. U.S. Cooler is confident that his unique blend of experience from operations consulting, refrigeration and equipment sales to the foodservice industry will lend itself well toward serving their customer base.

    To get a quote on a walk-in cooler, freezer or combo, call 800.521.2665 to speak with Ed today.

  • Rakers Named Regional Sales Manager

    March 14th, 2012

    Brian Sales

    U.S. Cooler is pleased to announce Brian Rakers has joined the U.S. Cooler Sales staff. Brian is now the Regional Sales Manager for the Midwestern Territory including most of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. Brian will be based out of his home office in Kansas City, MO, and can be reached at 314-435-3511 or emailed at Brian[at]uscooler.com.

    Sales Support and Customer Service will continue to be based out of our Quincy, IL, facility.

    Brian has over 5 years of experience with U.S. cooler and has worked in sales over 3 years. His experience in the industry makes him a valued addition to this territory and our organization’s aim to enhance dealer support. U.S. Cooler is confident Brian will continue to be an asset to our company.

  • Kason Changes with the Times

    February 27th, 2012

    Although some of the hardware for commercial refrigeration, foodservice, step van and industrial equipment that Kason Industries Inc. manufactures is traditional, much of it evolves over time. “Some products we’ve been making since the 1950s and ‘60s,” Executive Vice President Burl Finkelstein points out. “They haven’t changed a lot since then.”

    kason parts hardware

    A sample of Kason’s walk-in hardware

    But others have evolved with their various industries, and Kason must keep up with those trends. “The tricky part of our business is knowing our customer applications,” he reveals. For example, when the blowing agent used in insulating foam panels for walk-in refrigerators and freezers changed for environmental reasons, the fastener holding that foam had to evolve.

    “As the foam blowing agent changed, how it adhered changed, and we had to go back to the panel fasteners that bond it and make sure the foam will bond to the fastener and work well with our fastener,” he continues. “As the market changed from mechanically latched doors to magnetic gaskets, we changed the hardware, made a lighter-weight hardware and went to pull handles.”

    The current U.S. energy act mandates self-closing doors and minimal air infiltration for walk-in coolers and freezers. “So we have more focus on hinges that will close the doors more efficiently, and strip curtains and vinyl flex doors to block air infiltration when the door is open,” Finkelstein notes. “We’re keeping our fingers on the pulse of the market.” Read the rest of this entry »

  • Anthony Transparent LCD Glass Doors with Video & Animation

    December 7th, 2011

    Anthony, a manufacturer of commercial glass refrigerator and freezer doors, announced it will debut first-ever Transparent LCD Refrigerated Glass Doors at the 2011 NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) tradeshow at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

    Anthony debuted this innovative new product  with a 5 door display of Transparent LCD Refrigerated Glass Doors.

    Read the rest of this entry »