Companies planning to exhibit at the 2017 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), to be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 in Las Vegas, are encouraged to submit entries for the event’s Innovation Awards competition.

The competition aims to honor the most inventive, useful, and original products, systems, and technologies in the following categories:

  • Building Automation.
  • Cooling.
  • Green Building.
  • Heating.
  • Indoor Air Quality.
  • Plumbing.
  • Refrigeration.
  • Software.
  • Tools & Instruments.
  • Ventilation.

Winning products will be featured on the AHR Expo website. Also, representatives from the winning companies will be asked to speak about their products and their products’ contributions to the HVACR industry in short, professionally filmed videos. The videos will be shared online, used in AHR Expo social media, and shown during the Innovation Awards ceremony. After the ceremony, the companies will be permitted to use the videos for their own promotional and marketing efforts.

During the awards ceremony, which will be held on the show floor Jan. 31, a single Product of the Year will be announced from the pool of winners.

All 2017 AHR Expo exhibitors are eligible to submit a product for the Innovation Awards. Exhibitors may submit a product in each category, as long as the product has not previously won an award. To be considered, products must be exhibited at the show and be available for sale by the end of January 2017. Completed entry forms and a $100 entry fee must be submitted online at ahrexpo.com by Aug. 3, 2016. All entry fees will be given to a Las Vegas-area organization in need of HVACR repairs or upgrades.

Judging is based on the following criteria: innovative design, creativity, application, value, and market impact. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of ASHRAE members from all facets of the industry.

For more information on the 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Awards, go to ahrexpo.com. Specific questions regarding Innovation Awards submissions can be e-mailed to expoawards@ashrae.org.