Energy Management

AHR Expo goes green


By Ken Schnepf

Mar 12, 2007

With record-setting attendance, the 2007 AHR Expo, held in January in Dallas, provided a variety of association-sponsored educational sessions that focused on energy efficiency and building automation.

A total of 62 educational sessions were presented by ASHRAE, ARI, AHR Expo and other endorsing associations on topics such as, “An Energy Star Building Primer — Save Energy, Save Money and Protect the Environment,” “Green Buildings — Automation for a Sustainable Future,” and “Real World Radiant.” The energy-related sessions were provided in response to 2006 ASHRAE member online survey results indicating they are most interested in learning more about improving energy efficiency, building automation and green building technology.

The focus on green buildings featured “green” exhibitors and conference sessions by the United States Green Building Council. The New Product Technology Theater provided a forum for leading companies to present previews of their latest technologies and products including many dealing with energy efficiency, building automation and green buildings.

The Building Automation and Control Showcase was expanded and the AHR Innovation Awards Competition showcased innovative products including those focused on building automation, indoor air quality and green buildings.

More than 47,000 HVAC&R professionals filled the aisles and booths at the 59th AHR Expo. The Expo had 1,789 exhibitors from 32 countries, occupying 354,057 sq. ft. of exhibit space. It was the largest show of its kind ever in the Southwest.

“We are delighted with this year's record-breaking event as it reflects the growth of various industry segments within the AHR Expo and our ongoing efforts to add several enhancements,” says Clay Stevens, president of IEC, the show producer and organizer. “AHR Expo is the only HVAC&R-exclusive event in the world that offers industry professionals such an extensive overview of all segments of the marketplace.”

Other highlights of the show included:

  • Nine International Pavilions, including six from China and individual pavilions from Brazil, Korea and Thailand. These International Pavilions featured many products and technologies for various segments of the HVAC&R marketplace that can't be seen at any other North American event.
  • Two New Product Technology Theaters.
  • An expanded Software Center.
  • The 5th annual Innovation Awards, presented to nine companies in nine categories in recognition of advances in innovation, application, value to user and market (a complete list of winners can be found at
  • The first ever AHR Expo Product of the Year Award, presented to Copeland/Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. for its Copeland Scroll Digital compressor for commercial air conditioning.
  • The 2007 AHR Expo Innovation Award Scholarship, a check for more than $9,000 accepted by Scott McClure for his HVAC educational program at Vernon College in Texas.
  • Press events announcing new offerings by Fluke, Lennox, CD-adapco Group, SpiraxSarco, Lonmark International, Engenuity, Heatcraft Refrigeration, Emerson Climate Technologies, HVAC Excellence, GE Regal-Beloit and Testo.
  • Four new endorsing associations, joining the 24 organizations already endorsing the AHR Expo.
  • 183 exhibiting companies receiving the coveted Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) designation for showcasing environmentally friendly products.
  • Both NATE and CxA offering on-site certification testing.

The 2008 AHR Expo will be held January 22-24 at the Javits Center in New York.