2012 Product of the Year Winners

Consulting-Specifying Engineer Readers Have Cast Their Votes For The 2012 Product Of The Year; Read About The Winners.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire/life safety, electrical, and plumbing systems engineering markets. The annual reader-choice program was created to provide Consulting-Specifying Engineer's readers with information about the top new product in their fields.

Read about the winners in the September 2012 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Download the official 2012 Product of the Year press release (PDF).


A total of 98 products qualified as finalists for the 2012 Product of the Year award. We left the final say to the readers. Here are the winners, starting with the overall winner and followed by the 32 individual winners for each of the nine sub-categories.


Most Valuable Product (MVP):

VYCON, Hybrid energy storage system

VYCON's Hybrid VDC XEB is an energy storage system that combines flywheel technology with batteries to provide 300 kW of power and extended runtime. The flywheel handles power anomalies to reduce the frequency of battery cycles. Throughout its 20-year life, the flywheel charges and discharges at high rates without degradation or bearing damage, and up to five of these systems can be paralleled for higher power. The system includes an aerospace-grade steel flywheel hub, a high-speed permanent magnet motor generator, a contact-free magnetic levitation system, a touchscreen display, and a monitoring system that integrates with various three-phase UPS makes and models.


Electrical Distribution: 

Gold: Cooper Wiring Devices, USB wall charger

Silver: Eaton Corporation, Automatic transfer switch

Silver: General Electric, Level 2 electric vehicle charging station

Silver: Legrand/Wiremold, Floor box


Emergency, On-site, Standby Power:

Gold: VYCON, Hybrid energy storage system

Silver: Eaton Corporation, Backup power device

Bronze: MTU Onsite Energy, Generator


Equipment-level Sensors & Controls:

Gold: Cooper Industries, Variable frequency drive

Silver: Littelfuse Inc, Arc flash relay

Bronze: GE Industrial, Motor control


Fire, Life Safety, Mass Notification: 

Gold: NOTIFIER by Honeywell, Smoke and CO detector

Silver: Cooper Notification, Mass notification system 

Bronze: Silent Knight by Honeywell, Firefighter telephone control system

Bronze: Status Solutions, Desktop notification and positioning system



Gold: Johnson Controls, Screw chiller

Silver: Lennox, HVAC system

Bronze: AAON, Packaged rooftop unit



Gold: WattStopper, Outdoor lighting sensor

Silver: Cooper Industries, LED floodlight

Silver: Cooper Lighting, LED luminaires

Silver: Lithonia Lighting, Volumetric LED illumination


Plumbing & Water Management: 

Gold: American Standard, Toilet valve

Silver: Victaulic, Pipe press system

Bronze: Aquatherm, Pressure pipe line

Bronze: Chicago Faucets, Concealed undermount faucet

Bronze: Ilios Dynamics, High-efficiency water heater


Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis:

Gold: Design Master Software, Electrical design software

Silver: Johnson Controls, Building efficiency system

Bronze: Schneider Electric, Data center management software


Test Instruments, Meters, Data Loggers:

Gold: Fluke Corp, Power quality analyzers

Silver: Fluke Corp, Thermal imagers

Silver: Leviton, Smart meters

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