The CEE Integrated Home: 2018 Development

The CEE Integrated Home is efficient, grid-interactive, and capable of enhancing electric and natural gas distribution systems; a shared pursuit of the membership. Connected technologies with sensors and communicating capabilities have potential to optimize home performance through interoperable products and systems. Empowering customers with a combination of actionable knowledge and automation configured for society’s shared needs and aligned with customer values can support energy efficiency goals and enhanced energy system performance to meet dynamic circumstances of tomorrow’s utility system.

In practical terms, The CEE Integrated Home is a framework that leverages the CEE Initiatives to deliver greater utility system, and customer nonenergy benefits beyond those that can be achieved individually. The suite of product specifications with connected criteria are being developed to deliver a new energy value. The integrated home relies on interoperability, and aggregation of demand response and super efficient performance of the highest priority products and systems identified by CEE members. It seeks to leverage interactions with occupants, through selection of “set it and forget it” preferences and settings, learning algorithms, and prompts to alter beneficial customer behavior aligned with customer values.



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To support this stated vision, CEE has maintained efforts towards developing consensus definitions of performance and connectivity attributes valued by a majority of members. CEE has also continued to support member efforts to save energy and manage load in the largest remaining opportunities in the residential sector, as highlighted below.

  • Supported development of the AHRI 1380 Standard for demand response through variable capacity HVAC systems. Members plan to leverage this standing into optional connected criteria within the revised CEE Residential Space Heating and Cooling Initiative
  • Launched a binational initiative that merged existing CEE natural gas specifications and strategies with a new national approach to support uptake of heat pump water heaters in the market. 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.”
  • Published the new CEE Connected Thermostats Program Guide, a resource that summarizes the collective memberships’ recommended strategies to achieve efficiency, load management, and behavioral goals given the landscape of products and capabilities available in the market today.
  • Revised existing Super Efficient Home Appliance Initiative to include new specifications for clothes dryers, which adopt energy efficiency performance tiers as well as incorporate optional connected criteria. The specification is designed to increase the sales and market share of super efficient gas and electric appliances in the retail market, and to support desirable new “connected” capabilities to enable enhanced non-energy benefits to customers and the grid or energy system.
  • Partnered with manufacturers, contractors, national laboratories, and federal agencies to collaborate towards shared objectives and convey the program industry’s vision for an integrated home through a variety of engagement channels.

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