The 2016 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) opened its doors to thousands of HVACR professionals seeking the industry’s latest and cutting-edge developments.
As part of this initiative, exhibitors and attendees traveling from across the country and internationally participated in yesterday afternoon’s 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Awards ceremony. The awards were jointly presented by Doug Young, chairman of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), David Underwood, president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and Clay Stevens, president of the International Exposition Co. (IEC) to winners from across 10 product categories.
Additionally, Aeroseal’s HomeSeal duct-sealing technology was announced as the winner of the 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Awards “product of the year” accolade.
“We are pleased to honor Aeroseal with this award, recognizing that it offers a groundbreaking solution to an industry-wide problem,” says Clay Stevens, president of IEC. “For decades, ventilation issues have gone untreated, simply because there was no viable solution to sealing otherwise hard-to-access leaks. Aeroseal’s technology has taken this complex issue and made it into a relatively simple task.
“At large, we offer our congratulations to all of this year’s AHR Expo Innovation Award winners, who undoubtedly made the judges’ jobs difficult with an incredible display of inventiveness and solution-driven products,” Stevens continues.
With HomeSeal, Aeroseal has provided an alternative to traditional manual duct sealing products. The aerosol-based solution works from the inside of ventilation shafts to “seek” and bond-seal targeted leaks, rather than coating the entire inside of the shaft with sealant.
The technology, developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, EPA and others, works from inside the shaft to find and seal leaks. Aeroseal’s solution, which eliminates the need to disrupt or destroy current construction, provides much-anticipated relief to HVAC contractors, for whom accessing exhaust shafts in existing buildings was previously difficult, if not impossible, without major demolition. This duct sealing technology has been employed to fix critical ventilation issues in numerous buildings and facilities, including hospitals and multi-story apartment buildings.
“Almost every home in the U.S. has residential duct leakage that keeps as much as 30 percent of air in a given home out of occupied spaces,” says Neal Walsh, senior vice president of strategy and commercial sales at Aeroseal. “This results in a huge loss of energy, but until now solving the problem has typically required major disruption to home interiors. Our technology allows a contractor to seal up duct work that’s already been installed, improving comfort and energy savings.
“We are excited and proud to have received this award, and consider it a big step forward for our industry,” Walsh continues. “We’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of positive response and are now more motivated than ever to create solutions to ventilation problems. After years of attending AHR Expo, we’ve become great believers in the show and its value as a connecting point and as a platform to raise awareness.”
In total, the complete list of 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Award winners includes:
- Building Automation: Accutrol AVC Fume Hood Control System from Accutrol LLC
- Cooling: ZoomLine Flexible Tubing from Sporlan – Parker Hannifin
- Green Building: Piranha Wastewater Heat Recovery Heat Pump from International Wastewater Systems Inc.
- Heating: Victaulic Grooved System for Saturated Steam Piping from Victaulic
- Indoor Air Quality: ASCENDANT conventional cooling, active desiccant hybrid system from SEMCO LLC
- Plumbing: NEUTON controlled chilled beam pump module from SEMCO LLC
- Refrigeration: HEOS Sistema – high-efficiency water loop system for commercial refrigeration from CAREL INDUSTRIES S.p.A.
- Software: PlasmaSoft 2.0 IAQ Procedure Software from Plasma Air International
- Tools and Instruments: ZoomLock Braze-Free Fittings from Sporlan – Parker Hannifin
- Ventilation: Aeroseal duct sealing technology from Aeroseal
The judging panel recognized an additional 33 products and technologies with honorable mentions.