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.