01 DEALER DESIGN AWARDS THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NEWSMAGAZINE SINCE 1926 JULY 18, 2016 | $5.00 | ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM | DEALER DESIGN AWARDS 2016 2016 DDA Contest Honors Installation, Maintenance, Service Excellence he 2016 Dealer Design Awards (DDA) contest continues its rich history of showcasing contractor-oriented HVACR products with features that assist in installation, main-tenance, and service. Now in its 13 th year, this year’s contest attracted 88 entries across 13 categories, all competing for the coveted gold, silver, and bronze awards. Those categories spanned an assort-ment of critical HVAC aspects, such as commercial equipment, electronic and hand tools, and refrigeration products. Manufacturers of all sizes were repre-sented in the competition, ensuring a diverse range of products would have the opportunity to compete. The Dealer Design Awards are judged by 20 contractors from across the U.S. who are active in the industry and have their collective fingers on the pulse of what’s happening. This year’s competition saw numerous themes across each category, as manufacturers shared the broad goals of making products smarter, more consis-T tent, and innovative in new and unique ways. Those honored in this year’s compe-tition were praised and rewarded for put-ting years of research into the creation and design of their respective products. While bragging rights are a prize all their own for those who placed in the Dealer Design Awards, each winner will also receive the highly coveted 2016 Dealer Design trophy (pictured at right). Manufacturing headquarters from coast to coast display these trophies as a proud reminder of their accomplishments and to showcase their achievement for all to see. The Dealer Design Awards continue to grow and improve. The NEWS would like to congratulate each winner and also thank each and every contractor judge who took the time to review products in this year’s competition. “The Dealer Design contest is truly a unique award because it is the only HVACR product competition that is judged by HVACR contractors, which is a true test for how good a product is,” said Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS . “Each entry sub-mitted was a good product, and I know our contractors had a difficult time choosing the win-ners. I appreciate the contrac-tors who took time out of their busy schedules to judge and also the manufacturers who submitted their equipment.” This issue of The NEWS show-cases and honors the winning entries from each of the 13 product categories. Inside are photos, details, and quotes about each product in an easy-to-read spread sure to provide insight into what makes these products worthy of recogni-tion. The NEWS has also posted the winners online in a full-color gallery complete with product information and direct links to the winners’ web-sites. Coverage begins on Page 8. Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com WATCH ON Is Now Featured On Our Home Page! Go to achrnews.com and view real-time tweets from The NEWS and other HVACR professionals. Post comments to Twi er and include @achrnews. Grab your popcorn and tune in for the latest on the HVACR industry, on The NEWS YouTube channel. See video coverage from events to contractor interviews and technical walkthroughs. Get connected at www.youtube.com/achrnews.