The AHR Expo Innovation Awards is an annual competition that honors the most inventive and original products, systems and technologies showcased at each year’s AHR Expo. Products go head-to-head in the following categories: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools & 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. The winners are recognized in a ceremony held at the AHR Expo, where the Product of the Year award winner, selected from among the 10 category winners, will be announced.

Each year the AHR Expo gives back to the community by donating the Innovation Awards entry fees to an organization in the region where the show is being held. A selection committee chooses a deserving organization that is in need of HVACR repairs, upgrades or installations.


Building Automation — Any product, system, control or software that automates and/or integrates building management or energy conservation. (Thermostats should be entered in this category.)
Cooling —Any product or system designed to decrease the temperature of a space.
Green Building — Any equipment, component or process that saves energy or conserves natural resources, and also embodies concepts of sustainability such as renewable energy and wise use of materials and other resources.
Heating — Any product or system designed to increase the temperature of a space or substance.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) — Any product or system designed for the purpose of controlling, in an enclosed space, attributes of the respirable atmosphere such as humidity and contaminants.
Plumbing — Any product or tool used to conserve water, or to direct, distribute, increase or decrease the flow of water.
Refrigeration — Any product or system designed to extract heat from a substance or space at a low temperature not intended for comfort cooling.
Software — Any computer program or database management tool that increases the efficiency or effectiveness of people or companies that design, service and install HVAC&R equipment.
Tools & Instruments — Any tool, instrument, gauge, indicator or measuring device used in the HVAC&R industry.
Ventilation — Any product that directs or distributes air, or increases the flow of air.