The integrated home is grid-interactive and efficient. Connected technologies and communicating capabilities have potential to optimize home performance through individual products and systems to drive improved energy management. Such improved energy management may come through a combination of energy efficiency, load management including demand response, and consumer behavior.

In practical terms, the integrated home is a comprehensive portfolio of residential initiatives bundled together to deliver efficiency, grid, program, and customer benefits beyond those that can be achieved individually. The suite of product specifications with connected criteria delivers a consistent value promise contingent upon individual end measures working together effectively to enable added benefits. The integrated home relies on the interaction, interoperability, and interactive effects between chosen products and systems. It may also leverage interactions with the user, through selection of preferences or settings, learning algorithms, or prompting consumer behavior.
 

 

Time, location, and duration bind together CEE residential initiatives into an Integrated Home platform
In addition to these efforts to define performance and connectivity attributes valued by a majority of members, CEE has also continued to support member efforts to save energy in the largest remaining opportunities in the residential sector, as highlighted below.
  • Launched a unifying national strategy for differentiating super efficient new construction that leverages existing federal programs and provides a menu of credible program options that, when pieced together, represent a market transformation program emphasizing performance and quality assurance. Current estimates project 21.6 million new homes built in the United States between 2009 and 2020.
  • Members supported development of the AHRI Standard 1380 for connected residential HVAC. Upon completion, members plan to assess how to incorporate the performance certifications into optional connected criteria within the Residential Space Heating and Cooling Initiative
  • Prepared a binational initiative to scale national market penetration of heat pump water heaters for review by industry and finalized in quarter 1 of 2018. DOE points out that “converting all electric resistance water heaters to heat pump water heaters could save American consumers $7.8 billion annually, $182 per household, in water heater operating costs and cut annual residential source energy consumption for water heating by 0.70 quads.”
  • Worked toward consensus on the critical considerations for developing communicating thermostat programs that save energy, provide load management, and increase customer engagement for the purpose of encouraging energy saving behaviors. A DOE and VEIC literature review of 35 sources indicates that reported energy savings from such programs fall between one and fifteen percent.
  • Revised the existing CEE lighting specification to maximize savings prior to new standards going into effect and emphasizing opportunities to garner additional savings, better dimming, and exceptional power quality.
  • Partnered with manufacturers, contractors, EPA, and DOE to standardize fault detection within HVAC systems, both to increase installation quality and optimize ongoing performance.