We have worked with numerous governmental and environmental organizations to get zoning right. While municipalities have their own ordinances regarding retail establishments, few ordinances offer specific information concerning freestanding bulk ice vending machines.
Yet the municipalities that do regulate the installation of bulk ice vending machines offer different rules and guidelines. There is no uniformity from town to town. To alleviate concerns, we offer the expertise required to help you understand and navigate the different rules and regulations so that Ice House American machines are compliant.
We also help cities modernize city ordinances when needed. Thus, we have developed an ordinance that will clearly define the regulations surrounding the establishment of ice vending machines: Sample Ordinance.
Water Melt – In addition to these certifications, we have worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection about the minimal water melt/condensation that our units develop. The FL DEP documented that our Ice Houses can create French drains for the water melt without any negative effect to the environment.
Accessory Structure – Another designation of our Ice Houses is that while the Ice Houses are stand-alone retail ice vending machines, they are considered an accessory structure when installed by a primary structure.
Wind Load – Our Ice House and Ice Hut units are both rated to withstand wind loads up to 150 mph. This safety measure has allowed us to install units along coastal Florida and the Florida Keys.
Dimensions – We have taken great strides to develop optimum dimensions for each Ice House ice vending model, ensuring that the heights are limited to 15 ft including the icemaker and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) vending height regulations. The main achievement is that we have managed to keep the maximum square feet of the Ice House to 200 ft2. This helps minimize the carbon footprint of one for the most utilized consumer products.
Utilities – Here is a breakdown of what each Ice House model requires for power and water utilities:
Maximum Power Requirement: 98A @ 208-240/60/3 (165A w/ 2nd ice maker)
Maximum Consumption: 300 KWH per 6,500 lbs. of ice
Maximum water consumption: 783 gallons per 6,500 lbs. of ice
Maximum Power Requirement: 78A @ 208-240/60/3
Maximum Consumption: 216 KWH per 4,500 lbs. of ice
Maximum water consumption: 542 gallons per 4,500 lbs. of ice
Maximum Power Requirement: 20 – 30A @ 120 – 240/60/1
Maximum Consumption: 28.95 per 500 lbs. of ice
Maximum Water Consumption: 99.5 per 500 lbs. of ice
Water Testing – The quality of our water and ice is extremely important. That is why we test our water quarterly with an independent laboratory. As a matter of ice quality, we clean and sanitize our bulk ice machines and all NSF surfaces on a quarterly basis as well. The Dept of Agriculture also conducts an annual recertification of each unit to ensure that meet government standards for clean and safe ice.