The AHR Expo brings together manufacturers and suppliers of all sizes and specialties to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology. It’s the industry’s best place for OEMs, engineers, contractors, facility operators, architects, educators, and other professionals to experience everything new in HVACR and build the vital relationships that grow businesses and careers. The AHR Expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.


Led by experts, the program features over 100 free sessions on today’s best practices, industry trends, tips for improved ROI, and ways to boost your professional growth.

“The Education Program has grown into a true complementary asset to the show floor experience,” says Show Manager Mark Stevens. “Inside exhibitor booths, manufacturers are displaying real solutions to improve the health of the industry, the professional work experience and to address the shifts in our wider society. As a bridge to the robust activity on the floor and attendee understanding, the education program will offer real discussions about real problems that are shared across the industry. We’re working to connect the varying sectors within our industry to deepen these conversations. By inviting our associations and community leaders to the table, we can spark important conversations that lead to smarter decision-making and customer engagement.”

The AHR Expo Education Program will provide an understanding of real-world application and practice in areas of niche discipline, as well as a broader discussion of topics relating to trends happening currently and on the horizon within the industry. Workforce education and open-form communication is an important factor as developments occur across the industry.

“Our manufacturers do a phenomenal job of displaying everything new to the market,” continues Stevens. “All the latest products and technologies, as well as solutions to nearly any issue attendees may encounter in their day-to-day professional HVACR efforts are there. The education program adds an added layer of understanding and knowledge building that supports what our manufacturers are bringing to market, and how professionals can work together to identify solutions throughout the full project cycle.” Attendees can expect the program to address a wide variety of topics


AHR Expo also leads the industry in recognizing new approaches and technology. The AHR Expo Innovation Awards winners are chosen annually in ten industry categories, representing the most innovative products and technologies in the market.

“There’s no shortage of innovation in HVACR right now,” says Stevens. “To be recognized as an award winner is a true honor and an indication that we as an industry are responding to real problems with creative solutions. The Innovation Awards aim to highlight this innovation trajectory and celebrate those that are pushing the bar.”

The Innovation Awards draw hundreds of manufacturers to enter breakthrough designs for new and never before seen solutions or improvements upon existing products and technologies. All entries are reviewed and selected by a panel of third-party judges made up of distinguished ASHRAE members. Evaluations are based on overall innovative design, creativity of the product or service offered, product or technology real-world application, as well as overall potential market impact.

“It’s encouraging to see so many entries and the growth the awards program brings year to year,” continues Stevens. “Manufacturers across the industry are responding with solutions for cost savings, energy savings, production efficiency, and are filling performance gaps in product and technology. Congratulations to our 2024 winners, we look forward to supporting your journey of innovation in Chicago and beyond!”


In addition to celebrating education and innovation in HVACR, AHR Expo provides a means to strengthen the industry by allowing for the AHR Expo Workforce Development program, which aims to grow the industry through programming geared to inspire future members of the HVACR community. Funds collected from the entry fees are donated to programming at the student level, including show field trips, curated introductions to professionals and manufacturers, laboratory equipment, and monetary donation to student programs in the hosting city.

When: Jan. 22-24, 2024

Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois


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