All of the AHR Expo Innovation Awards judges are members of ASHRAE with over 20 years of professional engineering experience. Many of them have multiple degrees, certifications and credentials, and have long-term service records on ASHRAE technical committees and research projects. The judges have worked in all facets of the industry, including but not limited to: education/instruction, research, engineering management, design engineering, product development and manufacturing.

Each category is assigned four judges who thoroughly evaluate all submissions to determine the winners. Judges individually review each submission and give the product a rating of 1-10 for each of the following criteria: application, innovation, value and market impact. The ratings are combined for a maximum score of 40. The product with the highest final score is the winner for that category. Products with close scores are recognized as finalists.