AHR Expo 2021 Innovation Awards Submissions Now Open; Accepted through July 28, 2020


AHR Expo 2021 Innovation Awards Submissions Now Open; Accepted through July 28, 2020

Contributor: AHR Expo

The AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) 2021 Innovation Awards call for entries is now open. Entries will be accepted through July 28, 2020. The competition is held annually in conjunction with the Show to honor the most innovative and original products, systems and technologies to be featured on the floor in Chicago’s McCormick Place January 25-27, 2021. Exhibitors with a signed contract are encouraged to submit new or upgraded products. To request more information or to receive forms for entry, please email info@ahrexpo.com.

The 2021 Innovation Awards & Products Of The Year

Debuted in 2003, the Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to highlight those in the
HVACR industry who are pushing boundaries to create innovative solutions for new and
existing challenges. What’s more, they honor the most inventive, useful and original
products, systems and technologies disrupting the market today.

Winners are selected from ten industry categories, including: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools and instruments; and ventilation. Entrants are evaluated and winners are selected by a panel of third-party judges representing ASHRAE. Recognition is then given to winners and finalists demonstrating true innovative design, creativity, application and performance, product and solution value and market impact.

In addition to category winners, one overall Product of the Year, selected from the pool of winners from all categories, will be named at the Show in a special ceremony. This prestigious honor is awarded based on exceptional leadership in HVACR innovation.

“The Innovation Awards competition recognizes companies in the HVACR industry that demonstrate leadership in the design, construction and execution of products and technologies,” said Mark Stevens, manager of AHR Expo. “Winners within the designated categories continue to define the future of the industry and provide new and exciting  avenues for growth. We look forward to celebrating those in the industry taking the lead with innovation.”

The 2021 Innovation Award winners, as well as the announcement of the 2021 Product of
the Year Award, will be recognized in a special ceremony during the 2021 Show on
Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Additionally, winners will receive acknowledgment in print
and online features highlighting the Innovation Awards in major industry publications, on
the AHR Expo website, and on all AHR Expo social media channels.

Submissions & Judging

All confirmed exhibitors for the 2021 AHR Expo are eligible to enter the Innovation Awards
and may submit one product in each category. Submitted products will not be considered if they have previously received an award. To be considered, products must be exhibited at the 2021 Show and must be available for purchase by the end of February 2021. Completed entry forms, along with a non-refundable $100 entry fee, must be submitted by Tuesday, July, 28, 2020.

Entry Fees Donated To Local Charity

Entry fees for the 2021 Innovation Awards (approximately $20,000) will be donated to a
charitable organization serving the local Chicago area community. The donation is
generally used to provide HVACR repairs or upgrades. Each year, the AHR Expo works to
select a charitable organization within the area where the Show is held.

For More Information

For more information about the 2021 AHR Expo or the Innovation Awards Competition,
please visit ahrexpo.com. Specific questions regarding Innovation Awards submissions
can be emailed to kpires@iecshows.com.


The AHR Expo is the world’s premier HVACR event, attracting the most comprehensive
gathering of industry professionals from around the globe each year. The Show provides a
unique forum where manufacturers of all sizes and specialties, whether a major industry
brand or innovative start-up, can come together to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology under one roof. Since 1930, the AHR Expo has remained the industry’s best place for OEMs, engineers, contractors, facility operators, architects, educators and other industry professionals to explore the latest trends and applications and to cultivate mutually beneficial business relationships. The next Show, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, will be held Jan. 25-27, 2021 in Chicago, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.

For more information, visit ahrexpo.com and follow @ahrexpo on Twitter.

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