The annual awards are run annually amongst exhibitors at the AHR Expo, which in 2017 takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 30 to February 1.
Historically, the Innovation Awards aim to honour the most inventive, useful and original products, systems and technologies at the show in ten categories: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools & instruments; and ventilation.
The winner of the Product of the Year Award, selected from the ten category winners, will be announced at a ceremony on the Tuesday of the Show.
“These awards are a chance to publicly acknowledge the hard work companies contribute toward the future of the industry,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company. “Selecting ten winners from a pool of hundreds of applications is never an easy feat. We look for entries that display exceptional utility, ingenuity and efficiency, and we are always amazed by the number of incredible options we receive.”
All 2017 AHR Expo exhibitors are eligible to submit a product for the Innovation Awards. Exhibitors may submit one product in each category, as long as that product has not previously won an award. To be considered, products must be exhibited at the Show and available for sale by the end of January 2017. Completed entry forms and a $100 entry fee must be submitted online at ahrexpo.com by Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
Each year, the sum of entry fees is donated to an organisation local to the Show in need of HVACR repairs or upgrades. Following last year’s AHR Expo in Orlando, the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Florida, received $19,600 for the much needed replacement of air handling units in their largest facility.
Judging will be based on innovative design, creativity, application, value and market impact. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges from all facets of the industry.