2016 Best of Products Awards winners>Lighting + Electrical and HVAC + Environmental

And The Winner Is...

2016 Best of Products Awards winners>Lighting + Electrical and HVAC + Environmental

The results are in! We deliberated over hundreds of entries, covering everything from residential furnishings to smart home systems and facade products. Our superb team of judges evaluated entries for innovation, aesthetics, performance, and value. In addition to selecting a winner and two honorable mentions for each category (there were too many amazing products to just select one), we included some standout products in our “Visionaries” section, highlighting the year’s very best designs.

The Jury:

Becca Blasdel: products editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

Rafael de Cárdenas: founder and designer, Architecture at Large

William Menking: editor-in-chief, The Architect’s Newspaper

Jean Sundin: founder and principal, Office for Visual Interaction

Marc Tsurumaki: principal and founding partner, LTL Architects

Bob Williams: co-founder and president of design, Mitchell gold + Bob Williams

Lighting + Electrical


Pris Collection

Named for the physical characteristics of the female “replicant” character in Blade Runner, the Pris collection is comprised of a chandelier, sconce, and table and floor lamps. They all feature clean, angular lines with industrial-style joints and provide warm, diffused LED light. They also come in four finish options.

Honorable Mention:


This cylindrical light designed by Todd Bracher is made of the highest quality quartz crystal to provide even, glare-free light. As Humanscale’s first attempt at architectural lighting, Vessel represents a “scientific approach to lighting, with a focus on physics and optical engineering.”

Honorable Mention:

Lucifer Lighting Company

A new family of fixed, adjustable, and wallwasher downlights with precision optics has the shallowest recess depths of any downlight in the industry. It is available in round or square with a trimless install, or in two other flange profiles. Fraxion also includes identical wet and dry location fixtures.

HVAC + Environmental


SunPower Helix

The Helix platform is the first fully integrated solar solution designed specifically for commercial customers. Standardized Helix components feature an innovative modular design that is adaptable to the available space—be it a rooftop, a parking lot, or the ground—to best meet the project’s energy goals.

Honorable Mention:

Schindler Elevator Corporation

An incredibly useful tool for multiresidence buildings and high-traffic lobbies, myPORT is a smartphone app that connects building owners, managers, tenants, and visitors to the building’s systems. MyPORT has the capability to summon an elevator based on a user’s needs, send authorization codes via text message to grant access to visitors, and anticipate user requirements such as locking and unlocking doors or turning off lights.

Honorable Mention:

BreezIntegrity ITG70BT
Delta Breez

Suitable for both retrofit and new construction projects, the Delta BreezIntegrity offers the only bathroom fan with a Bluetooth speaker and brushless DC motor. The motor lasts at least 70,000 hours and uses over 75 percent less energy than AC motors. It is also incredibly quiet, allowing users to hear their music, not the fan.

While the complete roster of winners can be found in our just-published print edition, The Architect’s Newspaper will be publishing the results daily over the coming weeks. View all of the published categories here.

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