Master-Bilt, New Albany, Miss., introduced a new alternative industrial refrigerant (AIR) initiative, which outlines the use of hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blended refrigerants and foaming agents to meet the EPA's Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) guidelines.

A blended refrigerant is a combination of two or more single component refrigerants that drastically reduce global warming potential when compared to traditional hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The new refrigerants are approved and supported by major component manufacturers and have similar energy efficiency and performance characteristics of HFCs. The blends are non-volatile and non-flammable and can easily be retrofit into existing coolers and freezers.  

Master-Bilt's AIR Initiative blended refrigerant will be transitioned into walk-in and remote refrigeration systems coolers and freezers in 2017 and refrigeration merchandisers, reach-ins and cabinets in 2018. Freezer merchandisers, reach-ins and cabinets will convert to the new refrigerant in 2019, and polyurethane walk-in panel freezers and coolers will convert in 2019. 

 Master-Bilt, a member of the Standex Food Service Equipment Group