Integrated Home Initiative Announced

July 21, 2021 - The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has released the CEESM Integrated Home Initiative. This Integrated Demand Side Initiative has been developed with the input of CEE membership, representing 70% of the Efficiency and Demand Side industry, and key industry partners. 

The CEE Integrated Home is a connected, automated, fuel neutral, interactive, and efficient home where integrated home icondevices and systems effectively communicate to provide new customer, utility system, and societal value. The Initiative specifies the products and desired performance attributes to realize this shared vision. The Integrated Home establishes whole house requirements regarding energy and load management, privacy and security, and provides important context for the array of manufacturers and service providers to represent relevant customer solutions that may be codependent upon the functionality of other products in the home to achieve system benefits. The Initiative espouses the critical obligations of utilities across North America to provide safe, reliable, and affordable energy service while advancing a decarbonized future. Customer ease of use and configuration are concerted perspectives; the Initiative's frame supports machine learning and vetted artificial intelligence applications. 

Guiding Tenets

Energy Efficiency: The CEE Integrated Home is centered on performance of the home and its integrated products and systems. The interaction of products and systems, as well as occupant choice, not only offers opportunity for efficiency gains, but also supports conditions to improve overall energy performance.

Load Management and Demand Flexibility: As both electrical grid and natural gas distribution systems evolve in light of regulatory policy changes and the proliferation of distributed energy resources, the timing, location, and duration of loads are expected to be of growing significance to generation, transmission, and distribution system capital planning decisions. The CEE Integrated Home Initiative works to advance the capability of a home to be a grid asset and afford consumers a non-intrusive opportunity to benefit individually while supporting society. Data standards, open-source standard communication protocols, and interactive wireless communications are key enabling capabilities supported by the Initiative.

Customer Amenity: The CEE Integrated Home does not sacrifice core amenity of the products and systems involved. Customer satisfaction and positive user experiences are valued and believed critical to achieve the Initiative's long-term market transformation objectives.

Security and Privacy: Utilities have a long history of managing to high standards of customer privacy and system security. The utilization and promotion of cybersecurity, privacy, and consumer safety practices are of paramount importance to the Initiative and its success.

Initiative Objectives

  • Support the ability of utilities across the United States and Canada to provide safe, reliable, and affordable energy services while offering a pathway to a cleaner energy future. 
  • Drive increased production and uptake of connected products and services that yield a positive consumer experience and provide the capabilities necessary for member IDSM programs by adhering to the CEE Integrated Home requirements and core tenets. 
  • Support the ability for deeper customer engagement and participation in member programs through active management of energy optimization, amenity enhancement, and system interaction as defined in the Initiative.

Initiative Scope

integrated home envelopeThe CEE Integrated Home includes the home envelope and connected products within its scope. The Initiative provides flexibility for programs to adopt the products and home envelope strategy that best suit individual utility system benefits. Products specified in the CEE Integrated Home Version 1.0 include:

  • Heating and Cooling Equipment
  • Swimming Pools
  • Room Air Conditioners
  • Connected Thermostats
  • Residential Lighting
  • Clothes Washers
  • Residential Water Heaters
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSEs)

Initiative Strategy

Minimum Requirements Product Directory Annual Competition
Define capabilities essential to integrated program needs that any product, device, or system must meet to comply with the CEE Integrated Home Initiative. Database that catalogs qualified products list complying with the Minimum Requirements for members to leverage. Updated quarterly. Platform to promote and encourage adoption of products that uphold the Minimum Requirements with innovative and interoperable design.

Minimum Requirements

The Minimum Requirements spell out the specific embedded capabilities that CEE members seek of connected products to deliver safe and reliable energy to consumers. They articulate the four Guiding Tenets by establishing the functionality necessary to seamlessly operate an Integrated Home for both the customer and the utility.

  • Laboratory Rated Energy Efficiency 
  • Consumer Override Capabilities 
  • Load Management Capabilities
  • On-Premise Connection 
  • Open, Nonproprietary Communication Standards
  • Load Management and Energy Consumption Data Sharing
  • Actionable Savings Through Energy Consumption Reporting
  • Consumer Data Security
  • Operational Savings Capabilities
  • Response to Loss of Connectivity to Utility
  • Local Storage of Schedules 

For larger load products, such as HVAC, water heating, and pool pumps, the following Supplemental Requirements are included: Energy Consumption Reporting Intervals, Responsiveness to Dynamic Utility Rates, and Multiple Pathways to Connect. 


Alice Rosenberg and Patrick Casper  

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