Commercial refrigeration uses roughly 1.3 quads per year of source energy, representing about 7% of total commercial building use in the U.S. In supermarkets, grocery stores, and convenience stores, refrigeration can account for up to half of a building's total energy use. Through the Refrigeration Technology Research Team, partners improve the efficiency of new and existing refrigeration systems and components. Partners participate in peer-to-peer exchanges on various refrigeration controls technologies, as well as the challenges surrounding one of the most basic and effective energy efficiency technologies: retrofitting doors on display cases.
Participate in expert-led technology teams, test out an implementation model, join a technology campaign, or take part in a technology challenge or demonstration.
Better Buildings partners participate in webinars, peer-exchange calls, meetings, and industry workshops and conferences. Browse upcoming events and opportunities to participate by month.
Through the Better Buildings Alliance, over 200 public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.
An EPA partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions, global warming and ozone layer impacts.
ENERGY STAR Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers
A directory of qualified self-contained commercial refrigeration equipment.
Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Rulemaking
DOE energy conservation standards and test procedure rulemaking documents. Includes discussions on energy-efficient technologies and full analytical results.
Food Marketing Institute
Among many other things, FMI provides information and resources related to food retail, and hosts the annual Energy & Store Development Conference.
Meet the Technology Expert
Jim Young facilitates the Refrigeration Technology Research Team on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. At Navigant Consulting, Jim also supports the Department of Energy’s emerging technologies program through technology characterization and market assessment for different commercial building technologies, including alternative refrigerants and advanced controls for HVAC&R systems. He also supports several utilities through identification and evaluation of new technologies for their energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, and other programs. He holds a M.S. in sustainable engineering from Villanova University and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Notre Dame University.