Smart Vent Receives Architectural Products PIA Industry Leadership Award

We're the proud winner of Architectural Products PIA Industry Leadership Award. This category recognizes leadership in the form of above-and-beyond educational efforts, R&D, and architectural services.

We’re the proud winner of Architectural Products PIA Industry Leadership Award. This category recognizes leadership in the form of above-and-beyond educational efforts, R&D, and architectural services.

About the Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards (PIAs):

“The Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards (PIAs) determine and honor innovation in the development and refinement of buildings-related products that range the gamut from cladding systems to interior finishes. Judged by a group of 50 independent industry professionals, the program represents, for us, a mechanism to impartially review product and present to readers items their peers found innovative and worth investigating.
Smart Vent Flood Vent - PIA Award
This brings me to the point of the competition. In an effort to highlight architectural-related products truly worth investigating, we invited manufacturers to submit products in several categories, loosely based on the most common CSI categories: concrete/masonry; conveying equipment; finishes and surfaces; furnishings; HVAC; landscaping/miscellaneous exteriors; lighting and electrical; metals; bathroom-related/plumbing; solar and on-site power generation; shading and solar control; thermal/moisture control; windows and openings; and wood.

We also wished to recognize manufacturers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership across many different platforms, be it education, sustainability initiatives, standards developments, etc. That said, in reviewing the submissions, we reserved the right to not to issue awards in some categories. In others, we added subcategories to present more apples to apples comparisons where it made sense. Furthermore, some categories feature more winners than others, again reflecting the quality of entrants in a given area. Finally, we recognized manufacturers of outstanding product as it was actually applied in the field.

A little about the judging… Products were assigned to our judges—a diverse body including architects, interior designers, lighting designers and veteran A/E/C writers—based on their expertise and interest. Judges were asked to simply assign a numerical grade to each entry and comment on particular aspects of the product they found innovative or intriguing.

With that, in the November issue of Architectural Products, we will present this year’s most innovative product introductions. Thank you again for participating. We had a wonderful diversity of items and many products that I firmly believe will help architects in their specifications be they from efforts to achieve greater energy efficiency or simply to add visually or aesthetically to a space. We hope operate this competition for many years to come and we eagerly await to see what you will present to us next year.”

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About Smart Vent Products

Smart Vent Products, Inc. is the worldwide leading manufacturer of foundation flood venting systems and takes pride in having the a FEMA-Accepted and ICC-ES Certified flood vent product line. Founded in 2001, products are made in the United States out of marine grade 316 stainless steel. The company is fully committed to ideals of responsible corporate citizenship, and making efforts to educate consumers, design professionals, and government officials on floodplain management techniques. For more information, visit www.smartvent.com.