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DEC 2017

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A s the number of residential demand-response programs and the use of smart home technologies has grown over the last several years, an important oppor- tunity has emerged in home performance to increase residential energ y savings. Namely, the opportunity to use smart home technologies to target leaky, inefficient homes that cannot hold a constant temperature during a period of several hours once an air conditioner, for example, is turned up or off during a demand response event called as part of a utility program. Home performance typically includes improvements to the building's envelope and to its HVACR systems, but to date have not oen included smart-home tech- nologies with two-way communication systems. is is not because there are no innovative minds in home performance, but because the traditional home per- formance tool kit does not yet include smart-home technologies that could more precisely (and cost-effectively) identify energ y savings opportunities in the home. Over the last several years, there has been an explosion in smart-technolog y programs for the residential sector. Examples of this technolog y include learning thermostats and demand response. But their integration into existing residential energ y efficiency programs has just started to be considered. For example, while some low-income pilot programs are combining insulation and learning thermostats to take advan- tage of the complementary technologies, these programs have not yet incorporated demand response. is lack of synerg y between home performance and demand response programs that utilize smart home technologies stymies the evolution of residential energ y efficiency and in many cases is a missed opportunity to make "intelligent" homes more energ y-efficient. Residential Demand Response Residential demand response programs are important for curbing peak demand and may be able to reduce consumer Over the last several years, there has been an explosion in smart-technology programs for the residential sector. THE EVOLUTION OF SMART HOME PERFORMANCE An explosion of smart-technology for residential are being integrated into existing energy efficiency programs BY KARA SAUL RINALDI AND JULIE CARACINO EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared in Home Energy Magazine. 13 HVACR BUSINESS DECEMBER 2017 www. hvacrbusiness .com continued on page 14

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