In an effort to ensure that perishable foods stored, displayed, and dispensed in retail stores throughout the world for off-premises consumption are adequately protected throughout the final stage in the distribution process, the Commercial Refrigerator Manufacturers Division (CRMD) ofARIhas created ARI Standard 1200-2002 "Commercial Refrigerated Display Cases." This standard is available for free download on ARI's website at www.ari.org.

Standard 1200-2002 establishes for commercial refrigerated display cases: definitions, test requirements, rating requirements, minimum data requirements for published ratings, marking and nameplate data, and conformance conditions. This standard is intended for the guidance of the industry, including manufacturers, engineers, installers, contractors and users. The values reported using this standard allow comparison of energy consumption between remote cases or comparison of energy consumption between self contained commercial refrigerated display cases.