2013 AHR Expo Innovation Award Winners Announced


Ranging from an innovative geothermal heat pump to a copper theft deterrent system, the winners of the prestigious 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been chosen and will be honored at a special ceremony during the world’s largest HVACR exposition and conference in Dallas on January 29th.

Representing a broad cross-section of the HVACR marketplace, the winning entries were selected in 10 categories and represent the most innovative new products among the thousands that will be displayed at the Show. A panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members evaluated the products submitted based on innovation, application, value to the user and market impact.

The 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners by category are:

Building Automation

Company: CopperWatcher LLC

Product: CopperWatcher Model CW-3, an A/C copper theft deterrent system


Company: Rheem Manufacturing Company

Product: H2AC Rooftop Unit, a restaurant integrated AC and water heating system

Green Building


Product: Solar Plexicon, displacement ventilation diffuser with light-powered, energy harvesting Capabilities


Company: ClimateMaster, Inc.

Product: Trilogy 40 Series, geothermal heat pump

Indoor Air Quality

Company: Energy Wall

Product: Energy Wall, a high efficiency heat & moisture recovery plate exchanger, air purifier & dehumidifier


Company: Navien America, Inc.

Product: NPE-240A NG, condensing tankless gas water heater


Company: Danfoss

Product: ADAP-KOOL AK-PC 781 Integrated Pack Controller


Company: NexTraq

Product: NexTraq Fleet Tracking, web-based GPS software

Tools & Instruments

Company: Fluke Corporation

Product: Fluke 805 Vibration Meter


Company: American ALDES Ventilation Compamy

Product: Zone Register Terminal-2 (ZRT-2)

One of these 10 category winners will also be selected as the overall winner of the 2013 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award. Winners receive placards to display at their booths during the Show as well as an etched crystal award to be displayed at their company’s headquarters. In addition, 33 other products are recognized with Honorable Mentions in these same 10 categories and will also be given placards to display in their booths.

More than $10,000 generated by the entry fees will be donated to a charitable organization in the Dallas area. Since the inception of the Innovation Award Competition in 2003, well over $100,000 has been donated to charities and educational institutions in the cities where the Expo was held.

The 33 Honorable Mentions go to:

Building Automation

American Auto-Matrix: vSTAT, mobile application for commercial building automation & control

CAN2GO (SCL Elements Inc.): TE2 Wireless Terminal Equipment Controller

LUDECA, Inc.: VIBCONNECT RF, wireless online condition monitoring system

Strobic Air Corporation: Tri-Stack Smart System, a control system to maintain Safe lab exhaust conditions

WattStopper: Digital Lighting Management, Universal Dimming Room Controller


Carrier Corporation: WeatherExpert 48LC, 50LC, single packaged commercial rooftop unit

Danfoss: VZH Inverter Scroll Compressor Solution

Mits Airconditioning Inc./Aermec S.P.A: NRP AERMEC, air to water heat pump

Motivair Corporation: Chilled Door

Trane: Series S Cen TraVac, water-cooled oil-free centrifugal Chiller

Green Building

Emerson Climate Technologies: Copeland Scroll condensing unit - FFAP series

International Wastewater Heat Exchange Systems Inc.: Sewage SHARC, combination sewage filter/heat exchanger

RGF Environmental Group, Inc.: PTAC PHI Cell, a PTAC HVAC air purification system

Spartan Peripheral Devices: ME8400 Thermopyla Series, self-powered control valve with bidirectional communication

Tate: EcoCore, access floor panel incorporating microencapsulated phase change materials


American Combustion Technologies: SLE Ultra Low NOx Burner

LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.: Art Cool Gallery with Inverter, a heat pump system with picture frame

WaterFurnace International, Inc.: 7 Series 700A11, variable capacity geothermal heat pump

WILO USA LLC: Wilo Stratos GIGA, high-efficiency inline circulator


Best Living Systems, LLC: Perfect Fit Filter, for return plenum

Carlisle HVAC Products: Spray-Seal, job-site duct sealant

Smart Fog Inc.: TS100 In-Duct Humidifier

Triatomic Environmental Inc.: Fresh-Aire MINI UV, a miniature germicidal UVC light system


Grand Hall / Eternal Hybrid: Eternal GU100 Hybrid Water Heater

Midsun Specialty Products, Inc.: Perfect Pitch, tool for condensate/waste piping installation

Pro Hydronic Specialties: AFL Series, automatic flow limiting device


Emerson Climate Technologies: Copeland Discus R410A Compressor, semi-hermetic

Sporlan - Parker Hannifin: Secondary Fluid Valve (SFV) and Controller, a stepper motor valve and controller


Browning / Emerson Power Transmission Solutions: Toolbox Technician App, a mobile app for HVACR technicians

FieldAware: FieldAware, cloud-based software for field service Management


Emerson Climate Technologies: Emerson SureSwitch relay CoreSense protection module, aftermarket air conditioning and heat pump replacement contactors

Goodway Technologies Corp.: CoilPro HiFlo, portable thick coil washing system


Titus: EOS, solar-powered, energy harvesting diffuser

The Innovation Awards are jointly sponsored by ASHRAE; the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and the International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo.

The 2013 AHR Expo will feature more than 1,800 leading manufacturers and suppliers from around the world, showcasing hundreds of innovative new products to nearly 45,000 industry professionals. The 2013 AHR Expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor. ASHRAE’s Winter Conference is held concurrently with the AHR Expo each year.

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