2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards
The AHR Expo Innovation Awards recognize products that best help HVAC&R practitioners provide safer, healthier, more efficient and/or more comfortable environments. The annual competition is sponsored by ASHRAE, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the International Exposition Company (IEC).
A first-place winner was named in 10 categories. 36 products were awarded honorable mention. Entries were received and judged by panels of ASHRAE members. The criteria are innovation, application, value to the user and market impact.
Scroll down to see winners in each category, as well as honorable mention recipients!
Belimo - Belimo Energy Valve
The Belimo Energy Valve is a hydronic heating/cooling load measuring and control valve that communicates directly with building automation systems to keep building owners and operators informed of coil performance and combat low DT syndrome. It features a built-in DT manager that allows operators to fine-tune and document coil performance as well as create history reports on power efficiency.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Building Automation
Emerson Climate Technologies - Next Generation Copeland Scroll
The Next Generation Copeland Scroll variable speed compressor product line from Emerson Climate Technologies features the second generation of the company’s variable speed technology. It can achieve cooling efficiency levels of 25+ SEER and heating efficiency up to 13 HSPF. A turndown of 20% capacity enables better light load efficiency and dehumidification. Other features include a brushless permanent magnet motor and a new gas management method for smooth gas flow into scroll set.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Cooling
Lafert North America - High Performance Metric Motors
Lafert North America high performance metric motors come in speeds ranging from 1,500–4,500 rpm and in metric frame sizes from 71 to 132. These permanent magnet motors are suited for applications involving pumps, fans and compressors with an emphasis on reducing size, weight and operating costs while achieving an IE4 efficiency rating. HPS range drives control stand-alone permanent magnet motors, while HPI range drives are integrated into the motors.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Green Building
WaterFurnace International - 7 Series 700A11 Variable Capacity Geothermal Heat Pump
The 7 Series 700A11 variable capacity geothermal heat pump from WaterFurnace International provides heating, cooling and hot water for residential applications. Advanced controls provide two-way communication between components and offer diagnostic capabilities, true energy monitoring and integration into home automation networks. The variable capacity compressor, variable speed loop pump, and variable speed blower motor work in unison to scale output to capacity needed.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Heating
Indoor Air Quality
NEPTRONIC - SKD Direct Steam Injection Humidifier
The NEPTRONIC SKD direct steam injection humidifier injects and disperses a boiler’s low pressure steam into the building’s air supply system to attain the desired humidity level. The unit integrates a factory configured electronic steam controller, a re-evaporator and a high-efficiency steam dispersion system that eliminates drained condensate and water/energy waste. Suitable applications include hospitals/health care, museums, laboratories, universities or airports.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Indoor Air Quality
Rheem Manufacturing Company - Prestige Series Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater
Rheem Manufacturing Company's Prestige Series hybrid electric heat pump water heater for residential applications features a full-color, backlit touch-screen control that displays service alerts and text-based diagnostic information for contractors. Owners can choose from five operating modes based on real-time demands of their households: Energy Saver, Heat Pump Only, High Demand, Electric Only and Vacation. The product offers an ambient temperature range of 37°F – 120°F (2°C– 49°C) and an 8,700 Btu/h (2550 W) compressor with an energy factor of 2.45.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Plumbing
Danfoss - ADAP-KOOL AK-SM 800 Refrigeration Control System
The ADAP-KOOL AK-SM 800 from Danfoss is supermarket refrigeration control system accessible from a Web browser or mobile device. The service app for mobile devices gives flexibility to service personnel and the Web application enables owners and operators to monitor and manage data and alarms across store locations. The system uses adaptive suction pressure optimization to ensure operating efficiency in every display case, reducing energy consumption without compromising food safety.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Refrigeration
HVAC Solution - Revit Connection 2.0
Revit Connection 2.0 from HVAC Solution is add-in software for Autodesk Revit and BIM software for schematics and schedule creation. The software imports intelligent air, hydronic, steam and control schematics into Revit and allows mapping of HVAC components. This data can then be transferred, allowing for automatic creation of equipment schedules. Errors are reduced by using the schematics as the source for scheduling, aiding in projects from conception to construction.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Software
Tools & Instruments
Imperial - iManifold
Imperial’s iManifold, a smartphone-compatible digital refrigeration manifold wirelessly displays the system’s actual pressures, temperatures, superheat and subcooling while simultaneously calculating performance targets. A color display provides visual indication of distance from target measurement, eliminating guesswork. Features include air conditioning/refrigeration equipment profiling, geotagging, trending, data logging and smart diagnostics.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Tools & Instruments
Big Ass Fans - Haiku Ceiling Fan
The Haiku ceiling fan from Big Ass Fans is made with environment-friendly materials and uses an ultra-efficient direct current (dc) motor with patent-pending electronic controls and permanent magnets to ensure quiet operation. The fan uses 2 W to 30 W of power depending on speed setting, and features balanced airfoils. The motor design eliminates heat and wear for long operation life.
Click here to view Honorable Mention for Ventilation