From small local producers to global food manufacturers, it is important to ensure that the goods distributed meet the quality consumers expect. Energy efficient cold storage facilities are an essential element to prevent damage to stored items. These facilities reduce costs and increase revenue, while maintaining the highest quality products to consumers.
Here are four important design factors to consider for efficient cold storage facilities:
- Refrigeration Systems – Freon or ammonia, central plants or package units, there are a variety of systems available to cool a building. The best system choice can be impacted by the space being cooled, the overall building design, environmental codes and more.
- Thermal Envelopes – To maximize the efficiency of your refrigeration system, it’s critical to design a properly insulated space. Building structural systems, the need for doors, fire codes that insist upon smoke hatches, all of these can break the thermal continuity. Great care in detailing, coupled with an understanding of thermal conductivity, a broad knowledge of the insulated products available, and an expertise in how building codes are applied to refrigerated spaces, all must come together to optimize the design.
- Vapor Envelopes – Vapor is water and in cold storage facilities, water is ice, and ice means damage. A properly designed vapor barrier, coupled with the thermal envelope, protects your building.
- Cold Chain – Thinking beyond the cooler and freezer spaces, a cold storage facility can be designed to protect your product’s path from storage to shipping. An integrated design with products specific to cold docks, including seals, levelers, and dock door control systems can keep your investment in refrigeration and product from literally going out the (dock) door.