The AHR Expo announced its call for entries for the 2018 Innovation Awards competition. The winners in each of the 10 product categories will receive special recognition prior to the show, and will be given their awards during a ceremony on Tuesday, January 23, at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition, the winner of the Product of the Year Award will be announced at that time. The show will begin the preceding day, Monday, January 22 and run through Wednesday, January 24.
Since 2003, the Innovation Awards highlight the HVACR industry’s efforts to provide advanced solutions to its ever-changing needs. Organizers said the awards call attention to the products, systems, and technologies that have set elevated standards for the industry’s responsible and effective use of its resources. Categories include: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools and instruments; and ventilation.
“These awards publicly acknowledge the hard work companies contribute toward the future of the industry,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company. “Each year, several hundred companies submit their latest products. While we only can select 10 winners, it is exciting to see the drive for innovation in our industry continue to grow.”
At the award presentation ceremony, a single Product of the Year Award will be presented from the pool of winners.
All 2018 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 2018. Completed entry forms and a $100 entry fee must be submitted online at ahrexpo.com by Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
Judging is based on the following criteria: innovative design, creativity, application, value ,and market impact. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges working in all facets of the industry.
Each year, all of the entry fees (approximately $20,000) are donated to a charitable organization serving the local community where the show is held. The donation is generally used to provide much needed HVACR repairs or upgrades.
For more information on the 2018 AHR Expo or the Innovation Awards Competition, visit ahrexpo.com.