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Guide to warehouse design and maintenance

Washington, DC, US: The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) have published the Guide to Effective Warehouse Design, Maintenance, and Modernization.

Cover-DMMThe publication was produced through collaboration between the two organizations, core partners of the Global Cold Chain Alliance that represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics.

The publication is a comprehensive guide to best practices in maintaining, modernising, and designing a temperature-controlled facility. In addition to refrigerated warehouse operators the guide is intended to be a resource for contractors, engineers, and designers. It is also written for anyone new to cold storage industry, as part of the mission of both IARW and IACSC to educate younger generations.

Chapters deal with topics such as design, maintenance, modernisation, structures, walls, floors, roofs, refrigeration, doors, lighting, material handling, batteries and chargers, fire prevention, racking systems, dock equipment, electrical systems, and automated systems.

A joint IARW-IACSC committee was formed in 2010 to write and review the guide, which is an update of a previous publication, the IARW Maintenance and Modernization Manual.

“We wanted to make this a much more comprehensive guide, so we revised existing sections and authored new sections to address current industry trends and standards,” said Michael Adkins, project engineer at United States Cold Storage, who chaired the committee.

Michael Jones, president, Primus Design Services, the vice chairman of the committee says: “This is a ‘working’ publication. As technology and standards change rapidly in the construction industry, the guide is published in an electronic format that permits frequent updating.”

Members of IARW and IACSC have access to a complimentary electronic copy of the guide, available at www.gcca.org. Members and nonmembers may purchase a hard copy of the guide. To purchase, contact email@gcca.org or call +1 703 373 4300.