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The Votes Are In: CSE 2020 Product of the Year Awards

December 7, 2020

What does it mean to be an industry leader? At Daikin Applied, the answer is helping customers provide superior air quality, enhance energy efficiency, and operate buildings that are as comfortable, productive and healthy as possible. And it requires constant evolution, using advanced hardware, IoT technology and next-generation compressors to meet any challenge.    

Don’t just take our word for it, however.  

The readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) agree.

In CSE’s annual reader-choice Product of the Year (POY) poll, two Daikin Applied offerings were voted among the best new products of 2020. The Rebel Applied™ Packaged Rooftop System took the silver award in the “HVAC: Air Movement” category and the Pathfinder® with Free Cooling Chiller took the bronze award in the “HVAC/R Systems & Equipment” category. This marks the fifth year that Daikin products have ranked as POY finalists or winners.

Rebel Applied™ is an all-encompassing packaged rooftop solution that rises above its class with industry leading high-performance design, maximum energy efficiency, lowest lifecycle cost, and unlimited configurability. It features a modular, high-performance cabinet design that is unique to the market and delivers a reimagined product solution that enables engineers and contractors to design around their exact application. This is especially true of new construction and retrofit applications that require maximum energy efficiency, lowest total lifecycle cost, and unlimited configurability.

Rebel DPSA CSE Silver logo


As the first fully configurable air-cooled screw chiller unit in the industry, Pathfinder’s® flexible design and component options allow you to balance price and performance to best meet your requirements. The integrated water-side economizer (WSE) option, commonly referred to as “Free Cooling” in the industry, uses outdoor air to naturally cool water and other process fluids, reducing compressor work and increasing chiller efficiency. Daikin’s WSE technology is the only HVAC factory packaged solution that combines the benefits of an integrated water-side economizer with VVR® (variable volume ratio) compression technology and total unit configurability, offering solutions fully tailored to the application requirement.

Pathfinder with Free Cooling CSE Bronze logo


The winning products — selected by CSE’s print and digital audience — were culled from a large field of finalists by qualified engineers and building professionals who specify products and systems for non-residential facilities. Products were released in the 2019 calendar year, nominated in February 2020 and voted on by readers starting in April 2020. Winning innovations of the 16th annual CSE POY awards have been designed to improve quality, lengthen lifecycles and increase efficiencies.

As award winners in the POY program, Rebel Applied™ and Pathfinder® share a common denominator: both were built to deliver optimal outcomes. And Daikin engineers continue to refine these products, adding new features to address new needs.  

To learn more about the CSE POY awards, please visit the magazine’s website