WESTPORT, Conn. — Submissions for the 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition are being accepted now through Sept. 8. Considered one of the most prestigious industry honors, the awards are presented to companies displaying the most innovative new products that provide safer, healthier, more efficient and/or more comfortable environments at the world’s largest HVACR event.
Sponsored by ASHRAE, AHRI and AHR Expo, the Innovation Awards were created to recognize, encourage and promote new product development in 10 HVACR categories. The submissions from exhibitors are reviewed by a panel of judges selected by ASHRAE. They will evaluate the entries based on their innovative design, application, market impact and value to the industry. The award categories are:
- Building automation
- Green building
- Indoor air quality
- Tools & instruments
Winners of the Innovation Awards will be honored at a special ceremony during the show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Jan. 26-28, 2015. The winning exhibitors will receive special placards to place in their booths at the show, as well as an award to display at their company headquarters. From the 10 winning entries, one entry will be selected as the 2015 AHR Expo Product of the Year.
Exhibitors entering the awards competition may submit one product per category by the appointed deadline, however winners from the previous year may not resubmit the same product. For more information on the rules and regulations, as well as the entry form for the Innovation awards, visit http://www.ahrexpo.com/innovationawards/innovation_awards_form.pdf.
As an integral part of the Innovation Awards program, AHR Expo and its co-sponsors donate all award entry fees to a local charity in the community where the show takes place. To date, nearly $140,000 from the awards program have been donated to a variety of charitable organizations across the country. Many of these organizations use the donations to upgrade their HVAC systems.
“The AHR Expo Innovation Awards benefits the HVACR industry in a variety of ways,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “In addition to recognizing and encouraging new product innovation, the proceeds benefit charitable organizations throughout the US.”
AHR Expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and is endorsed by 34 leading HVACR industry associations. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada is an honorary sponsor.
For more information. visit the show’s website at www.ahrexpo.com.