Entries are now being accepted for the AHR Expo’s 2019 Innovation Awards Competition. The annual competition looks to honor the most inventive and original products, systems, and technologies showcased at each year’s AHR Expo.

Exhibitors are encouraged to submit new or upgraded products by July 31, 2018. Products will go head-to-head in the following categories: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools and instruments; and ventilation. Winners are selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member judges who evaluate all award entries based on innovative design, creativity, application, value, and market impact.

In addition to the awards, a single product of the year will be selected from the pool of winners.

“Every year we recognize companies in the HVACR industry that push the envelope by developing or redesigning products to drive the industry forward,” said Clay Stevens, manager of the AHR Expo. “Each year brings an incredible amount of industry advancement to the forefront. We are looking forward to showcasing the best of the best at the 2019 Innovation Awards.”

Winners in each of the product categories, as well as the winner of the Product of the Year Award, will be recognized in a ceremony at the show on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. In addition, winners also receive acknowledgement through print and online features about the Innovation Awards in major industry publications and on the AHR Expo website.

All 2019 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 AHR Expo and available for sale by the end of January 2019. Completed entry forms and a $100 entry fee must be submitted online at ahrexpo.com by Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

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.

The 2019 AHR Expo is being held January 14-16 in Atlanta. For more information, visit ahrexpo.com.