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AHR Expo 2014 Innovation Awards Announced
Jan 27, 2014
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A geothermal heat pump from WaterFurnace, variable speed scroll compressors from Emerson Climate Technologies, and hybrid electric heat pump water heaters from Rheem Manufacturing were all category winners in the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.

All winners and honorable mentions are listed by category below.

The awards recognize products that best help to 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).

Building Automation category winner was Belimo Aircontrols (USA), which won for the Belimo BAS Data Logging Energy Valve. Honorable mentions in this category:
• AspectFT 2.0 Web-enabled BAS from American Auto-Matrix
• Programmable VAV Controller (IRC) from Distech Controls, Inc.
• tSense True Read CO2, RH and Temp Transmitter from SenseAir North America
• Flexible, Multi-Stage Boiler Control 284 from tekmar Control Systems, A Watts Water Technologies Company

Cooling category winner: Emerson Climate Technologies, for the Next Generation Copeland Scroll Variable Speed Compressor Product Line. Honorable mentions:
• New Series 3000 Cooling Tower from Baltimore Aircoil Company
• Toshiba Carrier Heat Recovery Variable Refrigerant Flow System from Carrier
• QTUBE Flexible Composite A/C and Refrigeration Lines Lordo America

Green Building category winner: Lafert NA for its High Performance Metric Motors. Honorable mentions:
• T-X Desiccant Dehumidification Technology from Advantix Systems
• RadiPac Series - K3G630 Plug Fan from ebm-papst Inc.
• ZIP Radiant Ceiling Panels from Zehnder Rittling

Heating category winner: WaterFurnace International for the 7 Series 700A11 Geothermal Heat Pump. Honorable mentions:
• Carrier Infinity 18VS Variable Speed Heat Pump from Carrier
• Art Cool Premier High Efficiency Duct Free Heat Pump from LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.
• H2i R2-Series Variable Refrigerant Flow Heat Pump from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Solutions
• TruComfort Variable Speed Split System Heat Pump from Trane
• SlimFit Commercial High-Efficiency Condensing Boiler from Weil-McLain

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) category winner: Neptronic, for the SKD Direct Multi-Steam Injection Humidifier. Honorable mentions:
• ZIP Air-Side Economizer from Belimo Aircontrols (USA), Inc.
• MCI (Multi-Cluster Ionization) for Air Filtration from Best Living Systems, LLC
• Plasma BAR Bipolar Ion Generator from Plasma Air International
• UVXact UV-C Intensity Monitor from Ultravation, Inc.

Plumbing category winner: Rheem Manufacturing Company for the Rheem Prestige Series Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater. Honorable mentions:
• QuickSetter Balancing Valve from Caleffi Hydronic Solutions
• NPE-180/210/2405 Condensing Gas Tankless Water Heater from Navien America
• Triton Pipe Fusion System from Watts Water Technologies, Inc.

Refrigeration category winner: Danfoss for the ADAP-KOOL System Manager, AK-SM 800 Series. Honorable mentions:
• Trillium Series Adiabatic Condenser from Baltimore Aircoil Company
• New Ecoline Varispeed Reciprocating Compressor from Bitzer Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH
• ZoomLine Refrigerant Line Assembly from Parker Hannifin - Sporlan Division
• Ultra T-20 Rotary Compressor from Samsung Electronics/Samsung Compressor Direct

Software category winner: HVAC Solution, Inc., for the Revit Connection 2.0 BIM Software Add-In. Honorable mentions:
• ComfortDRAW Design Tool for BAS from Carrier
• HVAC Check & Charge Mobile Application from Emerson Climate Technologies
• ProContractorMX Mobile Connect Annotation Tool for Ipad from Maxwell Systems, Inc.

Tools & Instruments category winner: Imperial for the Imperial iManifold. Honorable mentions:
• VT04 Visual IR Thermometer from Fluke Corp.
• RAM-PRO-XL Tube Cleaner from Goodway Technologies Corp.
• Compact Swage Tool from Hilmor

Ventilation category winner: Big Ass Fans for the Haiku Ceiling Fan. Honorable mentions:
• Air Pear Destratification Fan from Airius, LLC
• VentZone Zoned IAQ with Heat Recovery Kit from Aldes
• Energy Recovery Ventilator from Building Performance Equipment, Inc.
• Airedale ClassMate Vertical DX & Heat Pump Vent System from Modine Manufacturing Co.
• B-Wheel Backward Curved Fan Impeller from Rosenberg USA, Inc.

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