The U.S. Department of Energy has adopted ARI standards as procedures in evaluating the energy-efficiency of some commercial cooling and refrigeration products.

The decision was announced Dec. 8.

“While manufacturers have voluntarily conformed to ARI standards for years, the federal government’s adoption of these standards will lend even more strength to their value in the global marketplace,” said Karim Amrane, vice president of public policy for the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. “Ultimately, the widespread adoption of ARI standards will help achieve a higher degree of efficiency and compatibility, as well as help consumers make fair comparisons and informed buying decisions.”

The department adopted ARI standards for commercial icemakers, large unitary cooling equipment, and for self-contained and remote commercial refrigeration products. ARI establishes rating criteria and procedures for measuring product performance.

The Energy Department will use these standards to evaluate the eligibility of these products to meet minimum federal energy-efficiency standards established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

“The air conditioning and commercial refrigeration industry worked very hard to reach a consensus and to develop the ARI standards adopted by DOE,” said Amrane. “We are pleased that they are now going to form the basis of a partnership between industry and government for energy conservation.”