by Kelly Carey and Kim Katz
The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has announced the winners of the 2021 Integrated Home Competition. The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a proud sponsor of the competition, which provides designers and manufacturers the opportunity to stand out from the crowd by awarding energy saving, connected products that deliver the best consumer experience.
CEE is pleased to announce awards for 17 high quality and innovative designs that exemplify the four tenets of the CEE Integrated Home: energy savings, demand flexibility, consumer amenity, and security.
In 2021, the competition evaluated 39 entries in residential connected lighting, lighting controls, ceiling fans, plug load controls, space heating and cooling (HVAC), thermostats, water heaters, pool pumps, window attachments, and other connected home devices that successfully deliver a positive consumer experience, energy management, and grid benefit.
The judging panel included individuals with expertise in usability, interoperability, integrated demand-side management (IDSM) program administration, product installation, specific technology performance, sales, and design. Entries were demonstrated remotely or installed in-person at the UL Lighting Test Laboratory in Allentown, PA. The judges carefully considered the detailed product submission information and observed the entries’ operation and user interfaces.
Grand Prize Winner
Sinopé Technologies Home Energy Management Ecosystems.
Heating, Cooling, Water Heating
For heating, cooling, and water heating, the judges awarded three winners: Carrier Infinity® 26 Air Conditioner with Greenspeed® Intelligence & Infinity® 24 Heat Pump with Greenspeed® Intelligence, Emerson Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat, and Rheem® Proterra™. Honorable Mentions were awarded to the Rheem® Prestige® Series EcoNet® Enabled Variable Speed 20 SEER Heat Pump & Rheem® Prestige® Series EcoNet® Enabled Modulating 98% AFUE Gas Furnace and the Rheem® Maximus™. A Special Recognition for Innovation in Design and Engineering was awarded to the iFLOW HVAC Inc. iFLOW Hydronic Furnace.
For pool pumps, the judges selected the Hayward® TriStar® VS 950 Omni® & Hayward® TriStar® VS 900 Omni® Ultra-High Efficiency Pool Pumps (HL32950VSP & HL32900VSP).
In the lighting, lighting controls, and ceiling fans categories, the judges awarded one winner, the Good Earth Lighting, Inc 240-Degree LED Smart Motion-Activated Flood Light. Honorable Mentions were awarded to the Good Earth Lighting, Inc 24-ft Indoor/Outdoor LED Smart RGBW Strip Light Kit, Legrand Smart Lighting with Netatmo, and Minka Aire Windmolen. A Special Recognition for Innovation in Design and Engineering was awarded to the WAC Lighting STRUT, and a Special Recognition for Innovation in Safety was awarded to the Modern Forms ULTRA Smart Fan.
For window attachments, the judges awarded a Special Recognition for Innovation in Design and Engineering to the Rollease Acmeda Automate® Motorized Roller Shades Interior.
The judges also designated the Connected Life Labs Smartdry as a winner and awarded a Special Recognition for Resiliency to the Savant Power inCharge™.
Recognitions for Winners
These award-winning products will be recognized and announced at upcoming industry events, including Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show. Additional promotion will occur throughout the winter and spring at venues such as the AHR Expo, CEE Winter Program Meeting, RESNET Conference, ACEEE Hot Water Forum, and National Home Performance Conference.
The products will also be showcased on the Integrated Home Competition website, as well as promoted by select CEE member energy efficiency program administrators in local offerings. To access complete details on the Competition, please visit https://www.integratedhome.org/ or contact email@example.com.
Look for more detailed information on winning products throughout the year in our Product Listings page and in our monthly newsletter. BPI product listings are used to inform the industry of tools and technology to advance the trade.
About the CEE Integrated Home
The CEE Integrated Home is a connected, fuel neutral, interactive, and efficient home where devices and systems effectively communicate to provide new customer, utility system, and societal value. It emphasizes home solutions that can react to the dynamic energy value based on time and location, allowing utilities and program administrators to manage to their core mission of maintaining a safe, low cost, and reliable energy experience. The annual Integrated Home Competition supports this vision through public promotion of commercially available solutions that are simple, reliable, well-designed, and highly functional. Guided by a consumer-focused lens, the Competition recognizes innovative products and systems that provide an added value to homeowners’ energy experience through improved customization and personalization. It provides a platform for distinguishing innovation in service to integrated demand side management objectives, including traditional energy savings.
The Competition is organized by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the American Lighting Association (ALA), the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), and UL; it is sponsored by over thirty energy efficiency utilities, trade associations, and research entities across the United States and Canada.
Kelly Carey is the Marketing & Communications Specialist for Building Performance Institute (BPI). Kim Katz is the Residential Sector Program Associate for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE).