2021 Product of the Year winners
Consulting-Specifying Engineer reveals the MVP, gold, silver and bronze award recipients for the 2021 Product of the Year program.
Winners of the 17th annual Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year awards include a robust and reliable lighting control panel that can operate standalone or as a networked device, a dual-fuel burner capable of less than 30 ppm NOx emissions without flue gas recirculation, and a U.S. EPA-certified natural gas generator set rated at 2.0 and 2.5 MW for use in 60 Hz power markets, among other notable technologies.
This year, companies submitted their new and improved products debuted between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, to be judged for this distinguished honor. Then readers whittled them down to 31 winners you’ll find here—including the 2021 Most Valuable Product winner, which received the most votes overall.
Full descriptions of the winners of the 2021 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year program are available using the product links below. Entries for the 2022 program will open October 1, 2022; eligible products include those first introduced to the North American market within the 2022 calendar year. Official rules are available at www.csemag.com/poy.
Most Valuable Product (MVP)
Variable-speed ECM Smart Circulator
The Bell & Gossett ecocirc 20-18/ecocirc+ 20-18 variable-speed, electronically-communicated motor (ECM) smart circulator works for both heating and cooling systems as well as potable water applications, including domestic hot water systems and underfloor heating systems. The ecocirc+ 20-18 model features wireless connectivity directly to a smartphone for full control and easy access, allowing the user to maximize the system through automated energy savings features. The ecocirc 20-18 is a versatile and reliable pump replacement option.
Xylem Inc., www.xylem.com
Winners by Category
Electrical Systems & Equipment
- Gold: Polypropylene Liner for Flextray Wire Basket, Eaton
- Silver: RFBA Floor Box, Legrand / Electrical Wiring Systems
- Bronze: eProtect Enterprise Protection Asset Management Solution, ETAP
Electrical: Fuses, Circuit Breakers, Safety
- Gold: Power Xpert SPD, Eaton
- Silver: SEM3T Thermal Monitoring, Siemens Industry
- Bronze: Emergency Stop Configurator, EAO
Equipment-Levels Sensors & Controls
- Gold: NX Lighting Control Panel, Hubbell Lighting
- Silver: Crouse-Hinds SCSR Combination Motor Starter with Receptacle, Eaton
- Bronze: PACSystems RXi2-BP Industrial Computer, Emerson
Fire & Life Safety
- Gold: FDA241 Lithium-ion Battery Off-gas Particle Detector, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
- Silver: ESFR-34 Pendant Sprinkler, Johnson Controls
- Bronze: FireFighter D400 Curtain Shutter, McKeon Door Co.
HVAC/R Systems & Equipment
- Gold: HVAC Load Reduction 100M Module, enVerid Systems
- Silver: Nova Energy Recovery Ventilator, Oxygen8
- Bronze: FCP Thermostat, Johnson Controls
HVAC: Air Movement, Compressors, Etc.
- Gold: RZ Rooftop Unit (45 to 240 ton), AAON
- Silver: ProFire SBR-30 Burner, Cleaver-Brooks
- Bronze: Mixed Flow Square Inline Fan, Greenheck
Lighting & Lighting Controls
- Gold: Champ Emergency Lighting LED Luminaire, Eaton
- Silver: GreenMAX DRC with Wireless Connectivity, Leviton Manufacturing Co.
- Bronze: Vanish Petroleum Gas Canopy, Hubbell Lighting
Plumbing & Water Management
- Gold: NCC199CDV Condensing Tankless Water Heater, Noritz
- Silver: PP-RCT Large-diameter Piping System, Uponor
- Bronze: Sanicom 2 Duplex Drain Pump, Saniflo
Power Systems & Equipment
- Gold: Cat G3520 Gas Generator Set, Caterpillar
- Silver: PowerCommand X-Series Transfer Switch, Cummins
- Bronze: SL LiFePO4 Uninterruptible Power Supply, Falcon Electric
Software: Design, Modeling, Monitoring