Early in the design process, communicate the requirements of this guideline to the project team members, consultants, and contractors that will select equipment with refrigerants.
If the project is relocating an existing facility and will move existing equipment, document what equipment will be repaired and retained as part of the project. Evaluate if low-impact refrigerants such as ammonia or carbon dioxide are compatible with the needed equipment. Ensure that refrigerants used in this process are listed as acceptable under the SNAP program. Use compliant alternatives as needed. For transitioning existing equipment to SNAP-compliant refrigerants, ensure that any existing refrigerant is recovered and appropriately disposed of according to EPA reporting and disposal requirements.
As the design progresses, ensure that the list of refrigerant-containing equipment is up-to-date. During project closeout, ensure that any alternatives permitted are also compliant with this section’s requirements. If any refrigerant selected is slated for a future SNAP phase-out, evaluate possible alternative refrigerants.
At project’s substantial completion, ensure that equipment operators are familiar with installed leak detection equipment and that any required monitoring schedules are in place. Ensure that facility operators are aware of all Section 608 requirements, including ongoing operations and maintenance requirements.