April, 2rd, 2019
The Annual Walk-In Energy Factor (AWEF) is a regulatory efficiency metric created by the Department of Energy (DOE) that measures electrical energy input versus the cooling capacity of the system.
The DOE recently proposed and implemented a set of standards to regulate energy consumption in the United States. The law mandates every product that consumes energy should follow a set standard defined by DOE. All commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers should comply with the Annual Walk-In Energy Factor (AWEF) rating defined by the DOE. Fundamentally, the ruling will reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency of commercial refrigeration equipment.
Products & Applications
- Condenser Unit: Contains compressor and condenser coil
- Unit Cooler: Contains evaporator coil and air mover
- Packaged Unit: Standalone, self-contained refrigeration system
- Medium Temperature: Applications where box temperature is 32°F and above
- Low Temperature: Applications where box temperature is less than 32°F
The responsible parties include:
- Manufacturers who build, certify and mark equipment that is compliant.
- Individuals selecting equipment for covered installations should use compliant equipment. These are often contracting companies or OEMs, for example.
- Any party who selects or uses non-compliant equipment for applications requiring compliance can bear liability.
Build & Installation
- The compliance date is based on manufacturing date, not the installation date.
- The replacement equipment must be either compliant or manufactured prior to the compliance date.
- Industry personnel are best able to identify non-compliant installations & equipment.
- The DOE will conduct random checks to ensure equipment meets advertised efficiencies and required minima.
- DOE prescribes an “express lane” to report violators, so it is important to be complaint and avoid severe penalties.
Questions on AWEF?
Send us an email to Regulatory@Heatcraftrpd.com or visit the DOE’s official website to learn more