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What is the Future of Refrigerants in Building Systems?

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which limits emissions caused by some hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, has many facility owners and managers concerned about the future of refrigerants and what it means for new and existing building systems, EDC magazine reports.

The magazine says that while there’s no single solution for every refrigerant need, the “big picture” to keep in mind with refrigeration equipment is that up to 98 percent of total CO2-equivalent emissions come from electric power used to run the machines. So to lower carbon footprints, use more efficient equipment.

Other considerations to keep in mind when selecting a refrigerant include long-term availability, costs, safety, service infrastructure and reliability.

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One thought on “What is the Future of Refrigerants in Building Systems?

  1. While praising the President’s initiative to seek replacements for HFCs due to their global warming impact, we are right as the article says to look at the performance of alternatives taking account of broader issues such as energy efficiency in use into consideration. Having been involved with the introduction of HFC 134a as a refrigerant gas in the late 1980s, I recall that acceptance by the market place of 134a would not have occurred without the design of new refrigeration systems together with the invention of new lubricants that were essential for energy efficiency improvements. I hope that those who are launching alternatives to HFC 134a have addressed the broader issues beyond the global warming potential of the refrigerant gas itself.

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