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Refrigeration Commissioning Guide for Commercial and Industrial Systems


 Using this Guide will help achieve cost-effective and cost-efficient refrigeration systems for new projects, expansions, remodels, and existing systems that simply need a tune-up.

This Guide was developed through cooperation of ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy. In an effort to promote building energy efficiency, ASHRAE and DOE are making this Guide available for download (PDF) at no charge.

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The first of its kind, Refrigeration Commissioning Guide for Commercial and Industrial Systems provides guidance to owners and managers of commercial and industrial facilities that use refrigeration systems to help ensure that project requirements are met and owners’ expectations are achieved. For commercial facility owners and managers, this means improved profitability through lower operating and service costs as well as reduced product loss.

Because deficiencies in system design found at start-up are not easily resolved, maintenance managers or operators may deal with unnecessary shortcomings and expenses over the life of the facility. Commissioning helps project teams avoid these “surprises” by establishing a consistent, stepwise process that helps “get it right the first time.”

ASHRAE Guide for Sustainable Refrigerated Facilities and Refrigerated Systems


Refrigerated facilities are an important link in the cold chain responsible for preserving food products from the point of production to the point of delivery to consumers.

ASHRAE Guide for Sustainable Refrigerated Facilities and Refrigeration Systems provides comprehensive coverage of refrigeration systems and structures to ensure the sustainability of refrigerated facilities.

The guidebook covers the fundamentals for those new to refrigeration and refrigerated facilities while also including advanced concepts in design and controls for experienced professionals involved with planning, designing and operating refrigerated facilities.

This guide introduces methods to evaluate the sustainability of design and operational decisions for their own circumstances. It focuses on the tools required to specify, design, build and operate a sustainable refrigerated facility or refrigeration system.

Providing comprehensive coverage of design considerations and practices, this book covers the latest in refrigeration technology selection through the commissioning of refrigerated facilities, covering logistics, product handling, facility layout and location, heat loads and refrigeration system design.

The main chapters include an Introduction to Sustainable Refrigeration and reviews of

  • basics of refrigeration technology,
  • refrigerated facility design and heat load calculation,
  • design of the refrigeration system,
  • control and control strategies,
  • energy modelling and performance analysis,
  • and commissioning.

The book includes access to practical online tools for estimating heat load, coefficient of performance (COP), and engine room energy use, as well as a refrigeration design scorecard.

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