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ashrae technology awards
ASHRAE Technology Awards

Program Overview:

The ASHRAE Technology Awards program recognizes, on an international scale, successful applications of innovation design, which incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management, indoor air quality, and good mechanical design.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards


  • Recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual data operating data.
  • Communicate innovative systems designs to other ASHRAE members.
  • Highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professional and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards


  • Commercial Buildings - (New & Existing)
  • Institutional Buildings - (New & Existing)
  • Health Care Facilities - (New & Existing)
  • Industrial Facilities or Processes - (New & Existing)
  • Public Assembly Facilities- (New & Existing)
  • Residential Buildings - (New & Existing)
      • Single Family
      • Multi-Family (Low and High Rise)
  • Alternative or Renewable Energy Use

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Awards are given at the judges’ discretion. All first-place awards are automatically eligible for consideration for the “ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence”. Second-place and Honorable Mention may also be awarded. ASHRAE honors only buildings and industrial facilities or processes that are outstanding in design innovation. An award in a category is not given if entries do not meet the highest standards. The “ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence” is given at the judges’ discretion.

The first-place Society Technology Awards and the “ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence” are presented during the Plenary Session at ASHRAE’s Winter Meeting. Second and Honorable Mention awards are generally presented at the ASHRAE Regional Conferences.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Application Requirements:

  • Must be an ASHRAE member or Associated Society.
  • The project has been operational for a minimum of one year.
  • A complete list of requirements, award application forms and sample award applications are posted at

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Chapter Competition:

  • Recognizes local members at the chapter level for outstanding design and innovations for effective energy utilization.
  • The format of competition and judging at the chapter level can be setup by the local chapter (recommend using Short Form format).
  • The chapter submittal deadline should be before April 15thto allow enough time to complete and submit an Application to the CTTC RVC before the May 1stDeadline.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Regional Competition:

  • Recognizes chapter members at the regional level for outstanding design and innovations for effective energy utilization.
  • Chapter winners in each category may complete the Short Form or Long Application and forward to CTTC RVC for judging at the regional level.
  • Regional Deadline - BEFOREMay 1

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Society Competition:

  • Recognizes chapter members at Society level for outstanding design and innovations for effective energy utilization.
  • Regional winners in each category must complete the Long Form Application and forward to CTTC RVC for judging at the Society level. Note: Only regional first-place winners can submit a application to Society
  • Regional Deadline - BEFOREJuly 31

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

General Instructions/Guidelines:

  • A system schematic is strongly recommended (color-coded schematics may not duplicate well for judges’ black-and-white copies).
  • If a judging criterion is not applicable to the entry, a brief explanation should be provided.
  • Claims that are not sufficiently supported with verifiable technical evidence may receive little or no credit.
  • Information should be clear and concise.
  • If the project involves technology which is new and innovative, this feature should be clearly identified.
  • Commercial items and notations are to be avoided.
  • Information may be submitted in I-P or S-I units or a combination of both.
  • All text must be in English.
  • Entries should be legible, uncluttered and attractive. The competition does not require nor encourage the entry be professionally produced.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Judging Criteria General

If any of the scoring topics (listed on the following slides) are not applicable to the project, the entrant should state why. In such cases, judges are instructed to assign a "plug" score on the non-applicable topics so that the overall project score is on an equivalent basis with other entries.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Energy Efficiency (15 points)

This is a major criterion. Entries, where applicable, must comply with the latest ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for new construction and Standard 100 series for existing buildings. The applicant is encouraged to use the computer modeling programs in Standard 90.1 and include summarized results to substantiate compliance. Innovative ways to control, reuse or reduce energy consumption should be discussed.

One year’s energy consumption data should be included. If not available, an explanation should be provided, and the results of a nationally recognized computer modeling program employed to demonstrate one year’s energy use. In an industrial process, past energy usage may be compared to new, improved energy consumption.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Thermal Comfort (15 Points)

This is a major criterion. IAQ encompasses indoor environmental quality, thereby including thermal comfort and, if appropriate to the project, other factors as well. Judges are interested in pertinent topics such as operating procedures (where, for example, pre-occupancy ventilation is a significant factor), source control of contaminants, system commissioning and evidence that design objectives have been achieved. Ventilation effectiveness could be an important aspect of the project (e.g., air distribution in auditoriums or with landscape office partitioning).

While carbon dioxide, air velocity and other field measurements are impressive, they are not essential for making an award. Judges realize that such data may not be available and do not want to discourage a worthy entry. Descriptions of means of compliance with ASHRAE Standards 55 and Standard 62 are of value. Merely stating that ventilation and thermal comfort comply with these standards is superficial treatment.

The information should show that the entrant has indeed addressed these standards in the design.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Thermal Comfort (15 Points) cont.

For example:

Standard 55

  • Assumed activity levels
  • Clothing thermal resistance values assumed
  • Air velocities measured
  • Space air temperatures
  • Radiant thermal control
  • Humidity/condensation
  • Innovative approaches assuring good IAQ and thermal comfort in an efficient manner are of interest to judges. Support data or evidence of building performance claims might include: The rate of occupant complaints, if any
  • Objective measurements of ventilation, air pollution, and thermal comfort parameters (Carbon dioxide levels, measured outside air ventilation rates, pollutant concentrations measured)
  • Improvements in human performance such as decreased absenteeism
  • Building pressure relationships for odor or IAQ control

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Thermal Comfort (15 Points) cont.

Standard 62

  • Ventilation rate or IAQ criteria specified
  • Ventilation effectiveness assumptions
  • Methods of handling special pollutant sources

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Innovation (15 Points)

The innovative aspect of the project design must be clearly described—especially innovative application of technologies (both old and new) to a particular situation. New technology or innovation itself is not sufficient unless the needs of the facility are truly met. The uniqueness of the application is the basis of judgment. It should be indicated, for example, how the innovations are key to overall building performance.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Operation and Maintenance (15 Points)

The intensity of required maintenance for the installed system should be addressed as compared to those non-selected options and/or previous systems. The building commissioning process, if thought to be innovative, shall be included in this category.

Cost Effectiveness (15 Points)

One-year’s data demonstrating the performance of the design or process should be provided. Data from prior years should be included if the project is a retrofit situation. Payback periods (in years) should be established. Entrant shall fully explain the basis for all cost savings, including utility rate schedules (off-peak rates and other charges).

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Environmental Impact (15 Points)

Design shall address items on reduction of global climate change gases, elimination of CFCs, reduction in waste discharge and other environmentally favorable items, if applicable.

Quality of Presentation (5 Points)

Entries are judged for logical presentation with good features clearly highlighted. Simple-to-read system schematics, charts and graphs are advantageous and are encouraged as the most effective tool in concise presentation of a system and its performance. Points may be deducted for failure to follow type size, spacing and format instructions. Photographs are not encouraged since judges work with black-and-white duplicated copies of all entries. All pages should be numbered.

Judges' Prerogative (5 Points)

Judges may award up to five (5) additional discretionary points.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

Typical Problems with Applications:

  • Does not contain one year’s operating data
  • Short Form submitted to Society competition
  • Claims not substantiated
  • Ventilation rates do not meet ASHRAE standards
  • No payback figures
  • No IAQ discussion of occupant comfort or discomfort
  • Innovation claimed but not really innovative
  • Presentation does not meet submittal guidelines
  • Maintenance and Operations not discussed

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ASHRAE Technology Awards


  • When e-mailing Award Applications, make sure to get a confirmation that it was actually received (e-mail or verbal).
  • If your are a P.E. make sure you indicate it on your application.
  • Please indicate what chapter you are a member of, and if you are member of more than one chapter, identify the chapter you would like to submit the application under.
  • Make sure you get your Award Application in early as possible to allow enough time to make corrections and re-submit the application.
  • Don’t miss out because of failing to submit Award Application before the deadlines.
  • Remember that the CTTC RVC doesn’t know you are submitting a application unless you notify him or her.

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ASHRAE Technology Awards


  • Chapter Competition Deadline:April 15, 2008
  • Regional Competition Deadline:May 1, 2008
  • Submission to CTTC Chair:July 31, 2008
  • Society Entry Deadline: Sept 1, 2008
  • Selection Date: Early October
  • Society Presentation: Winter Meeting

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

My Contact Information

Rick Des Lauriers

CTTC RVC, Region X

[email protected]

(619) 516-1880 ph.

(619) 516-1881 fx.

c/o R & R Controls Inc

4564 B Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite B