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Entries accepted through August 9th The AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Innovation Awards. Exhibitors are encouraged to enter recent or upgraded products for the competition. Entries are welcomed through August 9, 2022. The 2023 AHR Expo will return to Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center Read more

Entries accepted through August 9th

The AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Innovation Awards. Exhibitors are encouraged to enter recent or upgraded products for the competition. Entries are welcomed through August 9, 2022. The 2023 AHR Expo will return to Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center February 6-8, 2023. To request more information about the Innovation Awards, or to receive forms for entry, please email Kim Pires at kpires@iecshows.com.

“If Vegas is any indicator of what’s ahead for HVACR then Atlanta will certainly be an impressive showing,” said show manager Mark Stevens. “Our ten category winners and 2022 Product of the Year winner, Danfoss, blew us away with innovative solutions that demonstrate just how revolutionary the technology within this industry is becoming. It’s really a remarkable gauge of just how fast this industry is moving,” continued Stevens.

The Innovation Awards aim to honor the most inventive, useful and original products, systems and technologies in the marketplace. Exhibitors are encouraged to submit products and technologies to showcase solutions for new and existing challenges and new avenues for industry growth.

Once submitted, all entries are evaluated by a panel of third-party ASHRAE members with over 20 years of professional engineering experience. The panel uses a review process to tally points based on application, innovation, value and market impact. Winners are then selected in ten industry categories, including building automation; cooling; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; sustainable solutions; tools and instruments; and ventilation. An overall Product of the Year will be selected from the pool of category winners and will be announced at the show in Atlanta.

The Innovation Awards as an investment in our workforce

In 2022 AHR Expo introduced a workforce development program in which entry fees from the Innovation Awards program were used to support a local dual-HVAC high school. With the success of the awards in Vegas, AHR Expo was able to donate $25,000 directly to the program as well as host 25 students for a field trip on the show floor. In 2023, AHR Expo aims to work with the Atlanta Public School district to award donation funds to a similar program, with the hopes of growing into other areas of service within HVAC including computer programming and engineering.

“This industry is special,” said Stevens. “If you’ve been to the AHR Expo you understand the feeling of community and connectedness−even more now than ever coming out of the challenging years behind us.

“We are poised to build a fantastic future with HVACR leading the transformation of our built environment. The Innovation Awards lend a preview of this and it is encouraging to see how we are moving forward as an industry. Manufacturers continue to exceed expectations by showing up, making improvements and pushing forward; and while we award only ten companies, we see hundreds in our submissions. We can’t wait to see what’s to come in Atlanta,” concluded Stevens.

How to enter the 2023 Innovation Awards

The awards extend an opportunity for manufacturers to validate their dedication and hard work with strategy, planning, execution and market realization through the recognition of the industry’s most prestigious award. Winners are encouraged to learn more about the awards and view the 2022 winners on the Innovation Awards webpage. All applicants can submit their entries via the dedicated portal. The deadline for entry is August 9, 2022. Questions can be directed to Kim Pires at kpires@iecshows.com.

There are many benefits to participation, including:

  • Winners and finalists will be recognized at the 2023 show with special booth signage
  • Finalists will be announced on social channels one week before winner announcements, extending the opportunity for exposure longevity
  • All winners will be invited to celebrate with their colleagues and industry leaders at a closed reception
  • Winners will be interviewed for a custom video months before the show and will be featured on the AHR Expo website and social media channels, as well as in industry media coverage
  • Winners will be encouraged to promote their win on their communication channels

Registration for the 2023 AHR Expo is open and available on the AHR Expo website.

Attendees are also encouraged to sign up for the show newsletter to receive updates as they happen.

ABOUT THE AHR EXPO

The AHR Expo is the essential event for HVACR professionals, attracting the most comprehensive gathering of the industry from around the globe each year. The show provides a unique forum where manufacturers and suppliers of all sizes and specialties come together to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology. 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 experience everything new in HVACR and build relationships. The AHR Expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference. The next show will take place February 6-8, 2023, in Atlanta.

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

Arlington, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit challenging the validity of a Department of Energy (DOE) regulation on Commercial Packaged Boilers. “AHRI is asking that the Court review the rule because of our belief that the Department overstepped its statutory Read more

Arlington, Va. — The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit challenging the validity of a Department of Energy (DOE) regulation on Commercial Packaged Boilers. “AHRI is asking that the Court review the rule because of our belief that the Department overstepped its statutory authority by issuing a rule that will impose an undue and significant burden on boiler manufacturers and consumers,” said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. Of primary concern to AHRI is that because it ignored legally required procedures, DOE adopted a rule that does not save a significant amount of energy and is not cost-effective.

“The Department ignored a statutory requirement that it establish clear and convincing evidence that the rule results in significant energy savings that outweigh the costs imposed. Congress mandated specific protections for rules on commercial equipment, but in this case, DOE wrongly decided that those rules don’t apply,” said AHRI General Counsel Caroline Davidson-Hood. “We are therefore filing suit to hold the Department accountable and ensure that future rulemakings adhere to statutory requirements,” she added.

Utica, N.Y. — ECR International, Inc. announced that president & CEO, Ron Passafaro, has been re-elected as Chairman of the Hydronics Institute through 2017. Re-election to the Chairmanship in consecutive terms is rare and likely due to the three significant issues which began during Passafaro’s first term: US DOE 2020 Minimum Efficiency regulations, US DOE Read more

Utica, N.Y. — ECR International, Inc. announced that president & CEO, Ron Passafaro, has been re-elected as Chairman of the Hydronics Institute through 2017.

Re-election to the Chairmanship in consecutive terms is rare and likely due to the three significant issues which began during Passafaro’s first term: US DOE 2020 Minimum Efficiency regulations, US DOE Testing Procedures and Protocols and EPA ENERGY STAR Efficiency Tiers. Ron’s management of these complex challenges facing the industry thus far has moved the Institute’s members to call upon him to finish this important work during a second term.

ECR1Passafaro has been a member of the Hydronics Institute his entire career and has served on its Executive Board since 2007. The Institute is comprised of 69 domestic and international manufacturers of boilers and related components. The Hydronics Institute develops standards, conducts certification testing and works with Federal agencies, specifically the US Department of Energy, in regard to regulations governing efficiency and safety standards for the North American boiler industry.

Passafaro, who looks forward to his new term, said, “I am honored and humbled to be re-elected by my competitors and industry peers. Our industry continues to face increasing Federal and State regulation governing residential and commercial boiler efficiency standards. I am committed to working with both our government representatives and member companies to meet and exceed the North American market’s expectations.”

The Hydronics Institute has been representing the North American boiler industry since 1915 and is celebrating its Centennial this September in Absecon, NJ. It is a sub-section of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) which represents 314 member companies with over 1 million US workers dedicated to excellence in product manufacturing to meet the heating, cooling and refrigeration needs of the world.

Passafaro also has served on the AHRI board of directors since 2011.