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Cold Store Code of Practice (revised 2015 amended 2016)


Newly revised, updated and re-published in March 2015

Now available to purchase as an immediate Download now £35 inc VAT for IOR members (£75 inc VAT for non members)

The IOR Cold Store Code of Practice is a key reference document for cold store designers. It provides a independent and authoritative overview of the process involved in the construction of cold store projects, buildings & insulation and refrigeration design. The Code is intended to assist those responsible for specifying the requirements for a refrigerated store, within the UK, by outlining all of the design elements of a modern cold store.

Part 1 “Scope and Specification” is primarily aimed at the non-specialist end user, and provides an overview together with key elements relating to the design and specification process. Templates to assist these processes are given in the appendices.

Part 2 “Design & Construction” provides In-depth information regarding cold store construction, detailed descriptions of specific cold store features (e.g. structural design, insulated panel selection and installation, vapour sealing, fire protection, racking etc.)

Part 2 “Refrigeration Systems” provides in-depth information regarding refrigeration plant considerations and design.

Note: A cold store may be defined as a sealed structure, the internal volume of which is maintained at a temperature generally below ambient and used for the storage of goods. The Code is not intended for cold stores smaller than 30 m3 nor for controlled atmosphere stores such as fruit stores though many of the provisions are applicable to such stores.

Note: 2016 revision to Pt1 to clarify that the code is not intended for cold store smaller than 30m3 (changed from 20m3)


Supporting Information for Users

The following Appendices are provided as free download templates related to the Code contents. Please refere to the Code prior to adapting the templates:

Appendix A - Key Design Template 

Appendix B - General Information Records

Appendix C - Supply Storage and Accommodations 

Appendix D - References



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Non-members £75.00

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