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Products: Categories
The Product Categories

Great buildings rely equally on cutting-edge technology and materials that stand up to the test of time, so the A+Product Awards categories celebrate both. The Foundation Categories represent trusted products already in-use by architects. The Innovation Categories represent new-to-market innovations that have recently become available to market.


The Foundation Categories

For a building to stand the test of time, it needs products that have been similarly tested. The Foundation Categories represent the fundamental products and design solutions that matter most, project after project — these are the ‘tried and true’ building-products every practicing architect should know. Must have been available in market for at least two (2) years to qualify (before January 1, 2017).

Building Systems

  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioningnew – All products related to HVAC systems, including commercial, industrial and residential products. Complete HVAC systems and individual appliances are eligible, including smart technology hardware and software.
  • Smart Building & Technologynew – Products with integrated technological elements, including smart devices. Entries can include smart home systems, lighting and sensors, AV equipment, home security, energy systems and building envelope technologies.

Design Tools

  • Apps & Digital Toolsnew – Digital tools designed to aid the workflow of architects, including both desktop and mobile apps. Software can include BIM and CAD applications, rendering packages, mobile apps and project management tools. Hardware can include laptop and desktop workstations, 3D printers, drones, VR/AR equipment and robotics.

Finishes

  • Acousticsnew – All types of architectural acoustic panels and sound insulating products, including freestanding partitions, baffles, panels integrated into walls and ceilings, furniture with sound-absorbing properties, and decorative art-based panels.
  • Carpet – Modular carpet tile and plank, broadloom, area rugs and hybrid woven products are all acceptable.
  • Ceilings – Includes whole ceiling systems, ceiling tiles and clouds for either residential or commercial settings.
  • Fabric & Textiles – Upholstery and drapery textiles, window shade fabric, outdoor and awning textiles, tensile structure textiles and room/space division textiles (such as hanging felt panels and screens).
  • Flooring – Wood or engineered wood, LVT, resilient, terrazzo, regular and large-format tile with appropriate slip resistance for flooring applications, floor pavers, quartz composite, natural or engineered stone, metal.
  • Hard Surfacingnew – All finishes that utilize hard materials, including solid surface products, ceramics, stone, metal, wood and plastics.
  • Paints & Coatingsnew – Paints and coatings used to apply color, texture and protection. Both interior and exterior products are eligible, including interior paints, exterior coatings and masonry primers, wood varnishes and sealants, and elastomeric coatings.
  • Walls & Wall Coverings – Wall coverings may include wallpaper, panels and panel systems and acoustical coverings

Facades

  • Glass & Glazing -All architectural, low-e, birdsafe and switchable/dynamic glass, as well as framing systems, supports and fittings for curtain walls, structural glazing, storefronts and interior walls.
  • Building Envelopes & Cladding – Structural and non-structural exterior wall products, cladding and rainscreen panels made from any material, including but not limited to metal, wood, stone, masonry, concrete, terracotta, fiber cement and plastics.
  • Roofing – All manner of roofing materials including tiles, shingles, solar and waterproofing systems.
  • Thermal & Moisture Barriersnew – All thermal and moisture barrier products, including but not limited to insulation, fire resistant products, damp-proof membranes, water repellant sprays, and fluid-applied or sheet products for waterproofing.

Furnishings

  • Accessories – Products that lend functional and decorative details to an architectural environment. Includes bath and tabletop accessories, soft goods such as pillows and throws, table and bed linens, stemware and dishware, wall art, frames and other decorative objects.
  • Contract Furniture & Systems – Commercial grade furniture for use in corporate, hospitality and public settings, including tables, workplace/office systems, kiosks, lecterns, case goods, signage, mobile carts, shelves and other storage.
  • Contract Seatingnew – Commercial grade seating for use in corporate, hospitality and public settings, including chairs, sofas, stools, workplace/office chairs and benches for both interior and exterior uses.
  • Outdoor Furniture – Commercial site furniture from benches and arbors to playground structures, and residential or contract furniture that is rated for outdoor use such as deck chairs, umbrellas, dining tables, cabanas, outdoor kitchens and fire pits.
  • Residential Furniture – Non-commercial grade furniture suited to residential settings, including tables, case goods, beds, dining pieces, storage, sofas, lounge and club chairs, dining chairs, benches and stools.
  • Residential Seatingnew – Non-commercial grade seating suited to residential settings, including dining chairs, sofas, lounge and club chairs, benches and stools.

Kitchen & Bath

  • Appliances – Appliances including major household appliances such as refrigerators and ovens as well as small countertop appliances like coffee makers and water filters.
  • Fixtures & Fittings – Fixtures and fittings such as sink faucets and taps, tub spouts, faucet and tub filler handles and controls; sanitaryware including toilets, urinals, sinks and bathtubs; built-in elements such as shower bases and doors/enclosures. (Please submit lavatory sink cabinets into the Millwork & Cabinetry category.)
  • Millwork & Cabinetry – All built-in cabinetry for kitchen and bath settings including vanity cabinets, cook island cabinets and medicine/mirrored cabinets. This category also includes entire kitchen furniture systems.
  • Plumbings – All products relating to plumbing, include piping, valves, pumps, products related to pools and fountains, products related to sewage, water collection, drainage and storage systems, and gray water recycling systems.

Lighting

  • Contract Lightingnew – Commercial interior and exterior lighting that enhances the architectural experience, functionality and comfort. These can include recessed lighting, linear and other types of suspension luminaires, troffers, LED or OLED panels, cove and plaster-in lighting, tracks, cans/cylinders, sconces and other wall fixtures, step lights, path and street lamps, landscape spots, in-ground lights and utility such as motion-activated parking structure lights. Lamping is also acceptable in this category.
  • Residential Lightingnew – Decorative luminaires of any scale, from distinctive wall sconces and table lamps to chandeliers and pendant clusters. The diffusers, shades, housing or composition of these lights should be design objects that add to the built project.

Openings

  • Doors & Door Hardwarenew – Openings for entrance and egress including doors of all styles and door hardware including latches, handles, locks, hinges and pivots.
  • Sun Controlnew – All shading systems and products, including both passive and active systems for regulating sunlight and solar heat gain. Exterior and interior products are eligible, including fixed and adjustable louvers, fins, baguettes, blinds and canopies.
  • Windows & Skylightsnew – Openings including windows, roof windows/hatches and skylights (both fixed and operable); window and skylight hardware including latches, handles, locks, cranks, hinges and pivots. Window covering and shading hardware is also accepted in this category; however, please submit window-shade textiles into the Fabric & Textiles category.

Site

  • Landscape Productsnew – All products designed for outdoor environments, including both functional and decorative elements. Products can feature in courtyards, rooftop gardens, public and private parks and other outdoor public spaces, and include benches, planters, lighting, fountains, bins and signage.

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The Innovation Categories

The Innovation Categories celebrate the products that are radically influencing how buildings are conceived and built today. With emphasis on cutting-edge materials, new production processes, and sustainable solutions, these are the products that will set the pace for the design industry of tomorrow. Must have been introduced to market within the last two (2) years (after January 1, 2017).

Building Systems

  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioningnew – All products related to HVAC systems, including commercial, industrial and residential products. Complete HVAC systems and individual appliances are eligible, including smart technology hardware and software.
  • Smart Building & Technologynew – Products with integrated technological elements, including smart devices. Entries can include smart home systems, lighting and sensors, AV equipment, home security, energy systems and building envelope technologies.

Design Tools

  • Apps & Digital Toolsnew – Digital tools designed to aid the workflow of architects, including both desktop and mobile apps. Software can include BIM and CAD applications, rendering packages, mobile apps and project management tools. Hardware can include laptop and desktop workstations, 3D printers, drones, VR/AR equipment and robotics.

Finishes

  • Acousticsnew – All types of architectural acoustic panels and sound insulating products, including freestanding partitions, baffles, panels integrated into walls and ceilings, furniture with sound-absorbing properties, and decorative art-based panels.
  • Carpet – Modular carpet tile and plank, broadloom, area rugs and hybrid woven products are all acceptable.
  • Ceilings – Includes whole ceiling systems, ceiling tiles and clouds for either residential or commercial settings.
  • Fabric & Textiles – Upholstery and drapery textiles, window shade fabric, outdoor and awning textiles, tensile structure textiles and room/space division textiles (such as hanging felt panels and screens).
  • Flooring – Wood or engineered wood, LVT, resilient, terrazzo, regular and large-format tile with appropriate slip resistance for flooring applications, floor pavers, quartz composite, natural or engineered stone, metal.
  • Hard Surfacingnew – All finishes that utilize hard materials, including solid surface products, ceramics, stone, metal, wood and plastics.
  • Paints & Coatingsnew – Paints and coatings used to apply color, texture and protection. Both interior and exterior products are eligible, including interior paints, exterior coatings and masonry primers, wood varnishes and sealants, and elastomeric coatings.
  • Walls & Wall Coverings – Wall coverings may include wallpaper, panels and panel systems and acoustical coverings

Facades

  • Glass & Glazing – All architectural, low-e, birdsafe and switchable/dynamic glass, as well as framing systems, supports and fittings for curtain walls, structural glazing, storefronts and interior walls.
  • Building Envelopes & Cladding – Structural and non-structural exterior wall products, cladding and rainscreen panels made from any material, including but not limited to metal, wood, stone, masonry, concrete, terracotta, fiber cement and plastics.
  • Roofing – All manner of roofing materials including tiles, shingles, solar and waterproofing systems.
  • Thermal & Moisture Barriersnew – All thermal and moisture barrier products, including but not limited to insulation, fire resistant products, damp-proof membranes, water repellant sprays, and fluid-applied or sheet products for waterproofing.

Furnishings

  • Accessories – Products that lend functional and decorative details to an architectural environment. Includes bath and tabletop accessories, soft goods such as pillows and throws, table and bed linens, stemware and dishware, wall art, frames and other decorative objects.
  • Contract Furniture & Systems – Commercial grade furniture for use in corporate, hospitality and public settings, including tables, workplace/office systems, kiosks, lecterns, case goods, signage, mobile carts, shelves and other storage.
  • Contract Seatingnew – Commercial grade seating for use in corporate, hospitality and public settings, including chairs, sofas, stools, workplace/office chairs and benches for both interior and exterior uses.
  • Outdoor Furniture – Commercial site furniture from benches and arbors to playground structures, and residential or contract furniture that is rated for outdoor use such as deck chairs, umbrellas, dining tables, cabanas, outdoor kitchens and fire pits.
  • Residential Furniture – Non-commercial grade furniture suited to residential settings, including tables, case goods, beds, dining pieces, storage, sofas, lounge and club chairs, dining chairs, benches and stools.
  • Residential Seatingnew – Non-commercial grade seating suited to residential settings, including dining chairs, sofas, lounge and club chairs, benches and stools.

Kitchen & Bath

  • Appliances – Appliances including major household appliances such as refrigerators and ovens as well as small countertop appliances like coffee makers and water filters.
  • Fixtures & Fittings – Fixtures and fittings such as sink faucets and taps, tub spouts, faucet and tub filler handles and controls; sanitaryware including toilets, urinals, sinks and bathtubs; built-in elements such as shower bases and doors/enclosures. (Please submit lavatory sink cabinets into the Millwork & Cabinetry category.)
  • Millwork & Cabinetry – All built-in cabinetry for kitchen and bath settings including vanity cabinets, cook island cabinets and medicine/mirrored cabinets. This category also includes entire kitchen furniture systems.
  • Plumbings – All products relating to plumbing, include piping, valves, pumps, products related to pools and fountains, products related to sewage, water collection, drainage and storage systems, and gray water recycling systems.

Lighting

  • Contract Lightingnew – Commercial interior and exterior lighting that enhances the architectural experience, functionality and comfort. These can include recessed lighting, linear and other types of suspension luminaires, troffers, LED or OLED panels, cove and plaster-in lighting, tracks, cans/cylinders, sconces and other wall fixtures, step lights, path and street lamps, landscape spots, in-ground lights and utility such as motion-activated parking structure lights. Lamping is also acceptable in this category.
  • Residential Lightingnew – Decorative luminaires of any scale, from distinctive wall sconces and table lamps to chandeliers and pendant clusters. The diffusers, shades, housing or composition of these lights should be design objects that add to the built project.

Openings

  • Doors & Door Hardwarenew – Openings for entrance and egress including doors of all styles and door hardware including latches, handles, locks, hinges and pivots.
  • Sun Controlnew – All shading systems and products, including both passive and active systems for regulating sunlight and solar heat gain. Exterior and interior products are eligible, including fixed and adjustable louvers, fins, baguettes, blinds and canopies.
  • Windows & Skylightsnew – Openings including windows, roof windows/hatches and skylights (both fixed and operable); window and skylight hardware including latches, handles, locks, cranks, hinges and pivots. Window covering and shading hardware is also accepted in this category; however, please submit window-shade textiles into the Fabric & Textiles category.

Site

  • Landscape Productsnew – All products designed for outdoor environments, including both functional and decorative elements. Products can feature in courtyards, rooftop gardens, public and private parks and other outdoor public spaces, and include benches, planters, lighting, fountains, bins and signage.

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