2020 Product of the Year winners
Consulting-Specifying Engineer reveals the MVP, gold, silver and bronze award recipients for the 2020 Product of the Year program.
Winners of the 16th annual Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year awards include a fire/smoke damper actuator that reduces risk and delivers life safety performance, an indoor heat exchanger that capitalizes on efficient heat recovery and heat pump systems, and a web-based configuration tool that easily and quickly allows users to configure and place product models into projects, among other notable technologies.
This year, companies submitted their new and improved products debuted between January 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, to be judged for this distinguished honor. Then readers whittled them down to 34 winners you’ll find here—including the 2020 Most Valuable Product winner, which received the most votes overall. All winners will be honored at the Engineering Awards in Manufacturing dinner, hosted by CFE Media and Technology, in April 2021.
Use the links below to view descriptions for the winners of the 2020 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year program. Entries for the 2021 program are being accepted through April 9, 2021; eligible products include those first introduced to the North American market between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. Official rules are available at www.csemag.com/poy.
Most Valuable Product (MVP)
Rooftop unit with variable speed compressor
The AAON RN rooftop unit with variable speed compressors provides precise comfort with high efficiency. The unit operates with up to 22.5 IEER, providing operational cost savings while maintaining control of the space. Longer operating times, even at lower capacities provide additional humidity reduction. Dedicated outdoor air systems benefit from options such as energy recovery wheel for additional energy savings and modulating hot gas reheat for precise humidity control. The RN rooftop unit is designed with energy saving features such as direct drive backward curved plenum fans and 2-in. double wall rigid polyurethane foam panel construction.
Winners by Category
BAS, Controls, Energy Management
- Gold Award: LF Chiller Controller, AAON
- Silver Award: Building Connect+, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US LLC
- Bronze Award: Hydrovar with Curve Control, Bell & Gossett
Electrical Systems & Equipment
- Gold Award: Bypass isolation contactor type 600-1600A automatic transfer switch, Eaton
- Silver Award: Pow-R-Line XD, Eaton
- Bronze Award: TERMINATOR premium wire connector, NSi Industries
Electrical: Fuses, Circuit Breakers, Safety
- Gold Award: Square D Model 6 motor control center with ArcBlok, Schneider Electric
- Silver Award: POWR-SPEED PSR high-speed fuse, Littelfuse
- Bronze Award: Class I, Division 2 STE main breaker; Eaton
Equipment-Level Sensors & Controls
- Gold Award: Vertiv Wireless Sensor Network, Vertiv
- Silver Award: Series 09 rugged CAN keypad, EAO
- Bronze Award: Series 82 stainless steel 316L pushbutton, EAO
Fire & Life Safety
- Gold Award: OpenAir fire, smoke damper actuator; Siemens Smart Infrastructure
- Silver Award: Pressure-Tru ZW5000/5004 valve, Zurn Industries LLC
- Bronze Award: Cerberus Cloud Apps, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
HVAC/R Systems & Equipment
- Gold Award: THX In-Floor Convector, Marley Engineered Products
- Silver Award: Baldor-Reliance EC Titanium, ABB Motors and Mechanical Inc.
- Bronze Award: Pathfinder Air-Cooled Chiller with Integrated Water-side Economizer, Daikin Applied
HVAC: Air Movement, Compressors, Etc.
- Gold Award: DC-5 HVLS fan, Greenheck
- Silver Award: Rebel Applied Packaged Rooftop System, Daikin Applied
- Bronze Award: WallFlow Custom AHU, STULZ Air Technology Systems Inc.
Lighting & Lighting Controls
- Gold Award: RADEAN post-top luminaire, Acuity Brands Lighting
- Silver Award: I-BEAM XIB IP65 LED high bay, Acuity Brands Lighting
- Bronze Award: InDepth LED luminaire, Cooper Lighting Solutions
Plumbing & Water Management
- Gold Award: LG Hydro Kit, LG Air Conditioning Technologies
- Silver Award: ProPEX engineered polymer reducing tee, Uponor
- Bronze Award: Connected Sensor Flush Valve, Zurn Industries LLC
Power Systems & Equipment
- Gold Award: Microgrid Controller, ETAP
- Silver Award: KG gas-powered generator, Kohler Power
- Bronze Award: HSK78G natural gas generator, Cummins
Software: Design, Modeling, Monitoring